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Best compact SUVs

Explore the best used compact SUVs of 2024
Nissan Rogue
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2020 Nissan Rogue SL

1. Nissan Rogue

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$11,000$36,999
Estimated combined MPG31 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Fuel-efficient
  • Ample cargo volume
  • Many standard features

Cons

  • Steering lacks road feel
  • Upper trims can get very pricey
  • Less second-row legroom than some rivals
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE

2. Toyota RAV4

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$14,000$44,999
Estimated combined MPG28 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Quiet and comfortable ride
  • Capacious cabin for passengers and cargo
  • Excellent off-road capabilities

Cons

  • Mediocre acceleration
  • Steering on road feels vague
  • Rugged styling might not be for everyone
2021 Honda CR-V EX

3. Honda CR-V

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$13,000$38,999
Estimated combined MPG29 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Intuitive infotainment
  • Smooth ride

Cons

  • Limited cabin storage
  • Noisy hybrid powertrain
  • Hybrid only on upper trims
2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier

4. Chevrolet Equinox

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$12,000$31,999
Estimated combined MPG26 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Smooth ride over most road surfaces
  • Stable and precise handling
  • Simple, intuitive infotainment system

Cons

  • Smaller cargo area than most competitors
  • Center vents near the touchscreen don't distribute the air evenly
  • The interior materials quality is disappointing
2023 Ford Escape ST-Line Elite

5. Ford Escape

CarMax owner rating

4.3

Price range*$11,000$34,999
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Smooth city and highway ride
  • Intuitive SYNC® 4 infotainment system
  • Plenty of engine choices

Cons

  • Handling lacks liveliness
  • Transmission can be abrupt when shifting
  • Body roll in tight corners
2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xe

6. Jeep Wrangler

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$17,000$75,999
Estimated combined MPG14 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3 out of 5

Pros

  • Supremely capable off-road
  • Plenty of customization options from the factory or aftermarket
  • Variety of engine choices
  • Removable doors and soft top or hard top

Cons

  • Steering can feel slow to react
  • Noticeable wind and tire noise at highway speeds
  • Offers less cargo space than some conventional SUVs
2021 Jeep Cherokee Altitude

7. Jeep Cherokee

CarMax owner rating

4.2

Price range*$11,000$34,999
Estimated combined MPG24 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Powerful engine options
  • Impressive available off-road capability
  • Great standard feature list

Cons

  • Less cargo space than some in the class
  • Best off-road features are optional
  • Standard touchscreen is a bit small
2022 Hyundai Tucson side view

8. Hyundai Tucson

CarMax owner rating

4.2

Price range*$11,000$33,999
Estimated combined MPG25 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Pros

  • Plush ride quality and comfortable seats
  • Plenty of tech and driver-assistance features on lower trims
  • Spacious interior

Cons

  • The 2.5-liter engine is slow to accelerate
  • Touch-sensitive center stack controls can be distracting to use
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL

9. Volkswagen Tiguan

CarMax owner rating

4.3

Price range*$14,000$34,999
Estimated combined MPG24 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3.5 out of 5
2023 Jeep Compass Altitude

10. Jeep Compass

CarMax owner rating

3.9

Price range*$11,000$31,999
Estimated combined MPG27 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

4 out of 5

Frequently asked questions about compact SUVs

Yes, a compact SUV is the same as a small SUV. These terms are often used interchangeably in the automotive industry.

How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from September 2023 through February 2024. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

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RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy.

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.

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