The top-rated small sport utility vehicles, as of 2015, include the Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The Ford Escape is also a top small sport utility vehicle.
The Honda CR-V was the top pick of U.S. News and World Reports for the best small sport utility vehicle thanks to its many standard features, great fuel economy and roomy cabin. This vehicle is rated with 8.6 stars out of 10 stars and was chosen as the Best Car for the Money and Best Car for the Family.
The GMC Terrain comes in as the second choice and features an upscale cabin, optional V-6 engine and a lot of power. It received 8.5 stars out of 10 stars based on reviews and has a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars when it comes to reliability. The Mazda CX-5 is the third choice, with good fuel economy, a sporty look and ample cabin space. This vehicle is rated with 8.4 stars out of 10 stars but only 2.5 stars out of 5 stars when looking at reliability.
The fourth-ranked small sport utility vehicle is the Nissan Rogue, which has a rating of 8.2 stars out of 10 stars thanks to top-rated fuel economy and a stylish cabin. It received 3 stars out of 5 stars for reliability.