Best-In-Class 2015 Compact SUVs

There are more than a dozen compact SUVs to choose from the 2015 model year. The good news is that 2015 models offer better fuel economy, more safety features and interior comforts than ever before.

Here’s are list of best-in-class 2015 Compact SUVs.

Sales. The Honda CR-V is the leader in the class. The CR-V underwent a major refresh in 2015 with styling enhancements and has a new direct-injection engine with a continuously variable transmission, which improves fuel economy and boost horsepower to 190. The CR-V was named the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.

Honda CR-V

Fuel Economy. Mazda CX-5 with 26-mpg city and 35-mpg. See our most fuel-efficient compact SUVs post for a more complete rundown.

Price. The Hyundai Tucson has the lowest suggested starting price of $22,375. This does not necessarily mean the Tucson is the best value when you factor in likely resale values.

Passenger Room/Cargo Space. The Subaru Forester is a real standout in this space. The Forester has spacious headroom and legroom and cargo capacity of 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. However, the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue are the only compact SUVs to offer a small third-row seat.

Fastest. The Forester XT with its 2.0-liter 250 horsepower engine is the fastest compact SUV from 0-60.

Power. The Chevrolet Equinox V-6 outputs an impressive 301 horsepower. The Volkswagen is the compact SUV with the most powerful base engine with 200 horsepower coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.


The Jeep Cherokee with a V-6 is the stand out with a 4,500 pound towing capacity.

Improved 2015 Models

While we picked the above models as best-in-class, there are many other 2015 compact SUV models to consider. The Chevrolet Equinox, which has been in its same iteration since 2010, added standard built-in WiFi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity. The Nissan Rogue has improved fuel economy of 26-mpg city/33-mpg highway with front-wheel drive making it a stronger competitor. The Subaru Forester adds a standard rear view camera for 2015.

To learn more about new models, see our 2016 compact SUV page.

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