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15 Best Compact SUVs of 2020

Forbes Staff
Updated: Nov 24, 2021
Forbes Wheels independently tests and reviews cars and automotive accessories. We may earn an affiliate commission from links on our site. The analysis and opinions are our own.

Over the past five years, American’s thirst for larger, high-riding, cargo-wielding vehicles has transformed the fundamentals of the auto industry. Automakers have shifted their focus away from sedans

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2020 BMW X3

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$41,950
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2020 Honda CR-V

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$25,050
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2020 Ford Escape

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$24,885
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2020 Subaru Outback

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$26,645
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2020 Volvo XC60

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$40,150
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2020 Land Rover Defender

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$49,900
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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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$37,800
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2020 Hyundai Tucson

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$23,550
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2020 Infiniti QX50

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$37,250
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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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$42,650
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2020 GMC Terrain

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$25,000
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2020 Ford Edge

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$31,100
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2020 Jeep Cherokee

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$25,840
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2020 Jeep Compass

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$22,280
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2020 Chevrolet Trax

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$21,300
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At a Glance
2020 BMW X3
Price
$41,950
Mileage
25 City / 29 Hwy
Rating
88 /100
2020 Honda CR-V
Price
$25,050
Mileage
28 City / 34 Hwy
Rating
86 /100
2020 Ford Escape
Price
$24,885
Mileage
27 City / 33 Hwy
Rating
85 /100
2020 Subaru Outback
Price
$26,645
Mileage
26 City / 33 Hwy
Rating
82 /100
2020 Volvo XC60
Price
$40,150
Mileage
22 City / 29 Hwy
Rating
81 /100
2020 Land Rover Defender
Price
$49,900
Mileage
N/A City / N/A Hwy
Rating
81 /100
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Price
$37,800
Mileage
19 City / 24 Hwy
Rating
80 /100
2020 Hyundai Tucson
Price
$23,550
Mileage
23 City / 28 Hwy
Rating
78 /100
2020 Infiniti QX50
Price
$37,250
Mileage
23 City / 29 Hwy
Rating
78 /100
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Price
$42,650
Mileage
20 City / 27 Hwy
Rating
78 /100
2020 GMC Terrain
Price
$25,000
Mileage
26 City / 30 Hwy
Rating
77 /100
2020 Ford Edge
Price
$31,100
Mileage
21 City / 29 Hwy
Rating
75 /100
2020 Jeep Cherokee
Price
$25,840
Mileage
22 City / 31 Hwy
Rating
74 /100
2020 Jeep Compass
Price
$22,280
Mileage
23 City / 32 Hwy
Rating
70 /100
2020 Chevrolet Trax
Price
$21,300
Mileage
26 City / 31 Hwy
Rating
69 /100

Methodology

The nominees and winners were selected by the Forbes Wheels Car of the Year panel, comprising four staff editors and seven contributors. Our criteria included performance, safety, technology, comfort and convenience, fuel economy, design and functionality. Because each category spans the full spectrum of pricing, we selected vehicles that stand out among their peers. Vehicles eligible for nomination include any car or truck for sale or in production during 2020; some debuted prior to 2020.Forbes Wheels Car of the Year Panelists.

Forbes Wheels Car of the Year Panelists

Sam Abuelsamid?(contributor) is principal research analyst at consulting firm Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) and is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, covering innovation in the transportation sector.

Brian Armstead?(contributor) is president emeritus of the Washington Automotive Press Association and a North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Juror.

Bill Howard?(Forbes Wheels Staff) is editor of Forbes Wheels. He is the past president of the International Motor Press Association and was previously executive editor and contributing editor for Ziff-Davis’ PC Magazine and ExtremeTech.

Alex Kalogiannis?(contributor) has been an automotive writer for over 10 years and in addition to bylines at outlets such as Gear Patrol, Trucks.com and SlashGear, he was previously Car section editor at Digital Trends.

Alex Kwanten?(Forbes Wheels Staff) has worked in automotive, marine and aviation for over a decade and reported on buying, selling and servicing cars for multiple industry publications, including Automotive News.

Carly Schaffner?(Forbes Wheels Staff) has worked in the automotive industry for over a decade in both editorial and communication roles. Before joining Forbes Wheels, she was managing editor of Trucks.com.

Chris Teague?(contributor) is a freelance automotive writer focused on new vehicle reviews, industry trends and breaking news, and has an MBA with a focus on data analysis that gives him insight into some of the auto industry’s biggest companies.

Lawrence Ulrich?(contributor) is an award-winning auto writer, and former chief auto critic for The New York Times, Detroit Free Press and The Drive.

John Voelcker (contributor) was editor of Green Car Reports for nine years. He now is a reporter and analyst covering advanced auto technologies and energy policy, and a North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Juror.

Andrew Wendler?(Forbes Staff) grew up immersed in automotive, marine and aviation culture and spent a decade at Car and Driver as a writer and editor before joining Forbes Wheels.