What’s The Best 2017 Compact SUV?

With small families rapidly ditching the good old sedan for roomy yet compact SUVs, trying to figure out which one to buy can be a tough job.

The reason for that is, they’re all pretty good at what they do, and as Kelley Blue Book points out in their 2017 compact SUV comparison, “the right choice for one buyer is the wrong choice for another.”

While none of the six SUVs tested here were bad, some did disappoint when comparisons started flowing. For example, the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4 aren’t high on interior quality, unlike the Mazda CX-5.

Speaking of the CX-5, KBB thinks it’s the most exciting SUV present during this test, which means that you’d have more fun driving it than you would the previously-mentioned Equinox and RAV4, but also the Sportage, CR-V and Compass.

In the end, even though an overall winner wasn’t named, you will get the sense that the 2017 Honda CR-V might be the SUV to beat if you’re trying to buy the absolute best car for the money. To be safe, we’ll put the CR-V and CX-5 on top as a one-two punch, followed by the Kia Sportage, previously named KBB’s compact SUV best buy of 2017.

The Compass is a bit tricky to analyze, especially since it’s not as big as all the others, but if you really fancy taking your SUV off-road, the Jeep might be the one for you.

Now, which one would you opt for?


  • EM1

    I wanted the CX-5 but wasn’t able to get a deal on it. I went with the 2017 New Compass.

    • Shane

      I’d go with the new Compass over all the other ones. I have to admit I do like a lot of Mazda’s styling right now and I’ve never been able to name more than one car I liked out of their line up.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      You went with a new FCA product? LOL. Good luck, you are going to need it.

      There’s a reason why you got a “deal” on the Compass.

  • IFDU

    Jesus Christ Toyota please redesign/update the RAV4 already!

    • Michelin

      Toyota and Honda styles are not Masterpièces !!!! They are sexy like perfect washmashines……

  • Nihar

    The new MK4 Focus is making me wonder about the next Escape. It might end up looking like a Mazda CX-5 with the new Fiesta front, and a Focus-meets-Tourneo Custom interior.

  • Craig

    The one annoying thing that they all have in common is the fact that because the rear wiper is attached to the rear window – there is no way to ‘squeegee-clean’ the glass smoothly.

  • Michelin

    New Jeep Compass is N. 1 !!!

  • Rot

    1 Mazda 2 Honda 3 Jeep

    • cooper

      If the mazda didn’t have such poor resale value and the dealers didn’t look like buy here pay lots. you could have a point.

  • BGM

    So one of the best selling vehicles in the segment, the Rogue, gets left out. Seems Nissan always gets left out of these comparisons…

  • Dennis James

    It’s unbelievable how many Kia Sportages I see on the roads nowadays. At least in my country it’s probably the most frequently seen SUV on the road.

  • RAV4

    • badcyclist

      …. is a surprisingly bad car compared to the others, the Honda in particular.

  • seriously

    the jeep lost this comparison before it even went in the race i hear what theyre saying about it being new but the Compass really competes a class below all these cars

  • Matthijs

    The Chevrolet handsome…?

  • Alvin

    No Tucson, No Rogue, No Rogue Sport, No Forester

  • brn

    Why is Ford missing from most of KBB’s class comparisons?

  • Arthur

    For us (my wife and I), it’s between the CX-5 and the new 2018 CrossTrek which has gotten a complete redesign for 2018 and my wife loves the 2017 already. The CX-5 is hands down the best car in this segment in many ways. Segment leaders, RAV4 and CR-V are as boring as anyone would expect.