Consumer Reports: Best New SUVs Under $30,000

Article Highlights for Consumer Reports best SUVs under $30,000:

  • The 2021 Subaru Forester was one of Consumer Reports top picks
  • The 2021 Mazda CX-5 made Consumer Reports list of the best new SUVs under $30,000
  • For 2021, the Honda CR-V was a reliable new choice

Looking for the best new SUVs on the market that will keep your family safe? Consumer Reports does vigorous testing of new vehicles to ensure it provides a well-balanced score. The following SUVs scored well on the Consumer Reports tests and also came in under $30,000.

Consumer Reports Best SUV is the 2021 Subaru Forester

Red 2021 Subaru Forester with two bikes on top, the Forester is one of the best SUVs under $30,000
The 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the best SUVs under $30,000 | Subaru

Consumer Reports ranked the 2021 Subaru Forester reasonably well in all of the tests. The new SUV came in first on the list of 23 different compact SUVs. The 2021 Forester scored an 89 overall with a 90 on the road test. It also scored a four out of five on both the predicted owner satisfaction and the predicted reliability. The Forester came with a lot of standard safety features and an average of 28 mpg overall. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) were standard, but Blind-Spot Warning (BSW) was not.

Consumer Reports thought the 2021 Mazda CX-5 was one of the best new SUVs

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 came in second on the list of compact SUVs. Consumer Reports thought it did well on the road test and scored it at 83 out of 100. The Mazda SUV had an above-average score for the predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction. The 24 mpg overall was good but not stellar. FCW, AEB, and BSW were all standard.

The 2021 Honda CR-V made the list of best new vehicles

The 2021 Honda CR-V had an overall 28 mpg when tested. It came in third on the same compact sport utility vehicle list and scored reasonably well on the road test. The predicted reliability for the CR-V was above average, but the owner satisfaction dipped to just average. “The CR-V is among the better small SUVs, thanks to its roomy cabin, good fuel economy, and competent handling,” Consumer Reports noted. FCW and AEB are standard, but BSW is only optional.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson had many standard safety features

One of the only 2022 models on the Hyundai Tucson list is very new to the market. Consumer Reports still tested the new vehicle and found it was safe and relatively reliable. The 2022 Tucson is the fourth-generation SUV and is reasonably popular among drivers. CR gave it an above-average score on the road test and the predicted owner satisfaction. This Hyundai gets 26 mpg and has FCW, AEB, and BSW standard.

The 2021 Kia Sportage is a mildly sporty compact SUV

Best new SUV
2021 Sportage | Kia

The 2021 Kia Sportage only clocked 23 mpg overall when tested. However, it came in fourth on the compact SUV list. Consumer Reports thought the Sportage had a smooth engine and responsive handling. It scored well on the predicted reliability, but the predicted owner satisfaction came in below average. FCW and AEB are standard, while BSW is standard on all trim levels besides the base. A 2022 Sportage will hit the market sometime next year.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a spacious new SUV under $30,000


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The 2021 Nissan Rogue made the list, but Consumer Reports found most of the scores average. It scored 76 overall and managed to get 25 mpg. Both the predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction were average. However, CR notes that the new SUV felt “solid and substantial.” FCW, AEB, and BSW are all included standard. Overall, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is still a good SUV pick under $30,000.

Overall, there are many safe new SUVs on the market

Consumer Reports found that these SUVs have solid scores, standard safety features, and a reasonable price. The pricing might go over $30,000 as buyers look at higher trim levels, so be sure to make note of that as you shop around.