U.S. News & World Report publishes an annual list of the best compact SUVs for the money. The rankings are based on test drives, reliability and safety data, and published reviews. Consumer Reports offers ratings and reviews for small SUVs, but this information is only available to paying subscribers.
In 2015, the 2015 Honda CR-V was rated as the best affordable compact SUV, according to U.S. News & World Report. It was praised for its exceptional fuel economy, ample standard features and roomy cabin. Other top-rated 2015 small SUVs were the GMC Terrain, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Buick Encore. U.S. News & World Report offers detailed ratings and reviews for each vehicle on the list.