Safest Compact SUVs From $25,000 to $35,000 According to Consumer Reports

If you’re looking at buying a brand-new Compact SUV, picking the safest option out of a massive crowd can be surprisingly challenging. When you consider that not all safety options come as standard, finding the correct model and trim level is a massive headache. However, Consumer Reports just published its list of the safest compact SUVs for 2021.

The focus of Consumer Reports’ latest list surrounds the standard safety features you can expect to see in these SUVs. Before diving into these top picks, it is worth noting that all three contenders are received an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating or higher. Additionally, we’ll go over how much you should expect to pay.

2021 Subaru Forester

A sage-green 2020 Subaru Forester traveling on a two-lane highway past green grass and pine trees on a partly cloudy day, one of the safest compact SUVs recommended by Consumer Reports.
2020 Subaru Forester | Subaru of America, Inc

Starting off this Consumer Reports of the safest compact SUVs is the 2021 Subaru Forester. For starters, the Forester received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. Additionally, this crossover managed to ace Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction categories.

In terms of standard safety features, the 2021 Subaru Forester stands out because it offers forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection in the city, and automatic emergency braking on the highway. If you opt for the more expensive Premium and Sport trim levels, you can have blind-spot monitoring as an optional extra.

In terms of pricing, expect to pay between $24,795 to $34,895. However, expect to pay more if you want all of the safety tech available.

2021 Mazda CX-5

An image of a red Mazda CX-5 parked outdoors.
2021 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

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Next up in this list of safest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports is the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Like the Forester, the CX-5 also received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIIHS. Additionally, it also managed to ace the predicted reliability and predicted ownership satisfaction categories. However, the main difference when compared to the Subaru comes in the form of standard equipment.

Unlike the Forester, Consumer Reports found that the CX-5 offers up standard forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection in the city, and automatic emergency braking on the highway, as well as blind-spot monitoring. As a result, the benefit of the Mazda is that you can get the base model and still get all of the safety systems available.

In terms of pricing, you should look to pay between $25,370 to $37,505 for this compact SUV.

2021 Honda CR-V

A red 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid driving
2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Honda

Rounding up this list of safest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports is the 2021 Honda CR-V. Unlike the other contenders, the CR-V got a lower Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. However, that still means that it’s one of the safest crossovers around. Additionally, Consumer Reports found that this frugal Honda has excellent predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.

In terms of safety equipment, the CR-V is surprisingly similar to the aforementioned Subaru Forester. That’s because it only offers forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection in the city, and automatic emergency braking as standard. If you skip the base model, you get blind-spot monitoring as standard on all other versions.

In terms of pricing, Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $25,350 to $36,350 for this compact crossover.