These CR-recommended models blend SUV utility and small car practicality with money-saving fuel economy

The most popular SUVs are compact. Their combination of small car efficiency and station wagon utility is attractive to practical consumers. But the selection of compact SUVs is increasing every year, so choosing the right one can be a daunting task.

Reliability is always a top consideration, and so is fuel economy. The list below includes models that scored well in Consumer Reports’ road tests, have average-or-better predicted reliability ratings, and get 28 mpg overall or better. All are recommended models, and each one comes standard with advanced safety systems including forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB).

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