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Consumer Reports Most Reliable and Affordable New SUVs

To some car buyers, buying a car brand new can be just as daunting as buying a used car. You will pay a premium to be the first owner behind the wheel of your car, and just because the car is new doesn’t mean it will be free of any mechanical problems — after all, there are already several 2020 models with some serious recalls this year. Buying a new car is a balance between finding what we want and staying within a budget, and according to Consumer Reports, these are the most reliable and affordable SUVs of the year.

Compact SUV options

Getting a compact SUV seems like it’s the best of both worlds — you get all of the practicality of a full-sized SUV (unless of course, you are looking for something with third-row seating) without having the hassle of driving a giant full-sized SUV and find parking.

A Mazda CX-5 driving down the road
Mazda CX-5 | National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

No surprise that the Mazda CX-5 makes the list as it is easily a crowd favorite. It’s responsive steering and acceleration make it fun to drive on the road, and it handles just as well down a dirt trail. You can buy the base model for as low as $25,190 and still get everything you want.

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The CX-5 was the only compact SUV to make the Consumer Reports list, but it’s smaller companion subcompact SUV, the CX-3 also makes the list. It’s just as affordable as the CX-5, with a sticker price as small as $20,640 without compromising a good driving experience and reliability.

Sub-compact SUV options

There were also a number of sub-compact SUV options that make the list. Sub-compact SUVs are a good option for people who don’t necessarily like owning and driving an SUV but need the extra space and practicality. Luckily there are a few good options that are just as reliable as they are affordable.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru
2020 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The Subaru Crosstrek is our first choice for a subcompact SUV that you can buy brand new for $22,145. You can also get some impressive gas mileage with a reported average of 29mpg without losing any practicality. The Crosstrek has a comfortable interior and impressive ride quality, and Consumer Reports has it ranked #1 out of all of the sub-compact SUVs they’ve tested this year.

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A more surprising addition to the list was the Nissan Rogue Sport, which is not only affordable at the lowest price, it is also less than $30,000 with all of the options — which is pretty reasonable for a brand new sport SUV. The Rogue Sports shows that Nissan had to hear what criticisms standard Rogue owners had, and made adjustments to create an even better SUV, and they did it all without sacrificing reliability.

Whatever option of SUV you choose, there are a lot of factors that you should consider. For many people, buying something reliable is at the top of their list, and you want to know that if you are spending ‘new car money‘ you aren’t buying a total lemon. With these options, you can get reliability and quality all wrapped in a new SUV, without the bank-breaking new SUV price tag.