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Best NEW SUV’s under $30,000

January 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

There are many small SUVs to choose from. After all, they’re ideal for singles or small families.

However, Consumer Reports has made it easier to chose to give you the best deals!

The autos below are listed by rating, by highest to lowest.

Some of these models have Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

 

Subaru Crosstrek 2024

87 – rating

Price Range:  $25,195 – $32,195
CR MPG:  Overall 29 / City 20 / Hwy 41 mpg
#1 of 14  Subcompact SUVs

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The Crosstrek got an evolutionary redesign for 2024. It’s still essentially a raised Impreza hatchback with a very comfortable ride and standard all-wheel drive. Acceleration from the standard 2.0-liter engine is leisurely, and we got 29 mpg overall in our tests. The optional 2.5-liter has more power and better acceleration. Engine noise is pronounced when full power is needed, but the sound isn’t a deal breaker. Responsive handling, user-friendly controls, and a practical interior round out the package. Paddle shifters by the steering wheel allow convenient engine braking in mountainous environments. The newly optional driver power seat with adjustable lumbar support is a major upgrade. The EyeSight driver assistance system is now standard and includes AEB with pedestrian detection, although BSW and RCTW are available only on higher trims.

Hyundai Tucson 2024

82 – rating

Price Range:  $27,250 – $45,200
CR MPG:  Overall 26 / City 18 / Hwy 35 mpg
#6 of 27  Compact SUVs.

The Tucson’s standard 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic work smoothly and unobtrusively but accelerate leisurely and return 26 mpg overall. It has the same firm and steady ride along with agile, secure handling. The cabin is a bit louder than in the hybrid but is relatively quiet. The back seat is roomy and the cargo area is generous for the class. Most controls are easy to use, but the same annoying touch-sensitive controls appear on higher trims. Standard active safety features include AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW.

The Corolla Cross is smaller than the RAV4, comes standard with all-wheel drive, and uses a 196-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. In our tests, it returned an impressive 41 mpg and is much more enjoyable to drive and live with than the regular Corolla Cross. Like the regular version, the hybrid does suffer from excessive engine noise during even moderate acceleration. Ride and handling are competent but unremarkable. The simple interior feels a bit stripped down, but the controls are easy to use and the rear seat is fairly roomy. AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW are standard on the Corolla Cross Hybrid.

Honda HR-V 2024

74 – rating.

Price Range:  $24,600 – $30,200
CR MPG:  Overall 27 / City 19 / Hwy 37 mpg
#3 of 14  Subcompact SUVs

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Honda’s 2013 redesign made the HR-V more pleasant, with a roomy interior, user-friendly controls, and 27 mpg overall fuel economy. But the improvements to the ride quality and sound insulation don’t go far enough. Handling is ordinary but ultimately secure. We found that the 158-hp, 2.0-liter engine and CVT feel underpowered. There’s plenty of headroom upfront, and visibility over the hood is good, but the front seats lose support after about 30 minutes of driving. The controls and infotainment system are very easy to use. The LX and Sport get a 7-inch touchscreen, while the top EX-L gets a 9-inch screen. AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection and AEB highway are standard. BSW and RCTW are standard on the Sport and EX-L but unavailable on the base LX.

Nissan Rogue 2024

70 – rating.

Price Range:  $27,360 – $38,990
CR MPG:  Overall 25 / City 17 / Hwy 34 mpg
#16 of 27  Compact SUVs.

The Rogue is roomy and user-friendly. We got 25 mpg overall for the all-wheel-drive version with the new 201-hp, 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder. It’s more responsive than the 2.5-liter four it replaced, albeit with some idle vibration, but we found fuel economy and acceleration to be the same. The Rogue feels solid and substantial, with a composed ride and nimble handling. Interior space is generous, and access is very easy. Controls are easy to use, even if the electronic gear selector may require some familiarity. A new Platinum trim brings upscale touches, such as quilted leather seats, a head-up display, heated rear seats, and an upgraded infotainment system. Standard active safety and driver assistance systems include AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, RCTW, and LDW.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2024

69 – rating

Price Range:  $23,860 – $31,405
CR MPG:  Overall 28 / City 21 / Hwy 35 mpg
#4 of 14  Subcompact SUVs.

The Corolla Cross replaces the phased-out C-HR. Smaller than the RAV4, it can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 hp, matched to a CVT, is the main powertrain. The small SUV feels slow, but at least it manages a decent 28 mpg overall. Both versions suffer from excessive engine noise during even moderate acceleration. Ride and handling are competent but unremarkable. The simple interior feels a bit stripped down, but the controls are easy to use and the rear seat is fairly roomy. AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard. BSW and RCTW are unavailable on the base L trim but standard on the midlevel LE and top XLE trims.

Kia Seltos 2024

68 – rating

Price Range:  $24,390 – $29,990
CR MPG:  Overall 28 / City 20 / Hwy 35 mpg
#5 of 14  Subcompact SUVs

The Seltos subcompact SUV slots below the Sportage and offers versatility at an affordable price. It has a roomy interior for its small footprint, easy access, clear visibility, and good fuel economy. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder, paired with a continuously variable transmission, provides unobtrusive acceleration. For 2024, the uplevel 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder gained 20 hp and is now paired with an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The stiff ride and loud cabin are two significant drawbacks. Handling is responsive and secure. Controls are easy to use, and the rear seat is roomy for the class. AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard. BSW and RCTW are unavailable on the base trim but come standard on other trims.

Mazda CX-30 2024

67 – rating

Price Range:  $24,995 – $36,800
CR MPG:  Overall 27 / City 18 / Hwy 37 mpg
#6 of 14  Subcompact SUVs.

The Mazda3-based CX-30 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder matched to a six-speed automatic and AWD. In everyday driving, acceleration feels tepid because wringing out more power requires a heavy foot on the accelerator pedal. Fuel economy of 27 mpg overall is respectable. An optional 2.5-liter turbo engine transforms the driving experience with much needed additional oomph. The CX-30 benefits from responsive handling, but its ride is rather firm and a bit jumpy, and the engine sounds raspy. The frustrating infotainment system requires multiple steps to complete simple tasks. The interior is well trimmed but snug, especially the rear seat. Small side windows hurt outward visibility. AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW are all standard for 2024.

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January 12
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