Most Reliable 2020 Compact SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Are you looking for a reliable compact SUV? Fortunately, there are many excellent, dependable choices for you to choose from in the compact SUV class. Here are the top five most reliable compact SUVs for 2020, according to Consumer Reports.

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Mazda CX-5 side view
2020 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

Mazda’s CX-5 tops the Consumer Reports’Reports’ list of most reliable, compact SUVs for 2020. The CX-5 is the only model in the class with equally outstanding predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings because it’s fun to drive and remarkably comfortable to ride in. The CX-5 is stylish inside and out, and its car cabin can even rival true luxury models. 

You have three engines to choose from on the CX-5. Most drivers will be happy with the standard CX-5, which comes with a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The most energetic option though, is the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 227-hp. There’s also an available 168-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine.

2020 Subaru Forester 

The Subaru Forester at the Brussels Motor Show
Subaru Forester | Didier Messens/Getty Images

The Forester is ideal for those in search of a comfortable everyday-ride that’s also adventure-ready. This Subaru stands out in its class for its fuel economy and standard all-wheel-drive. The Forester won’t wow you with its acceleration, but its 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine performs well overall.

On the inside, the Forester impresses with its luxury-focused interior. It provides excellent visibility and plenty of space to seat five. Plus, the Forester comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system complete with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Standard advanced on the Forester include pre-collision braking and lane departure prevention.

2020 Honda CR-V

A sharp, gray 2020 Honda CR-V Touring  model  parked in the city.
2020 Honda CR-V Touring | Honda

You really can’t go wrong with the CR-V. It consistently ranks high in the compact SUV class for its stellar reliability history and performance capabilities. The CR-V is another excellent option if fuel efficiency is among your top priorities. It’s available as a hybrid too.

For 2020, Honda gave the CR-V a slight facelift and made the Honda Sensing safety suite standard on the model. In addition to its tech offerings, the CR-V’s interior stands out with its upscale design and ample cargo space. 

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox drives along a road
2020 Chevrolet Equinox | Chevrolet

The Chevy Equinox provides a handsome car cabin that tech lovers will appreciate. It comes with a six-speaker stereo, a sharp 7-inch touchscreen, a wifi hotspot, and smartphone integration apps. The Equinox also comes with many advanced safety features, including a rear-seat reminder and a Teen Driver assist system. 

The Equinox isn’t the most impressive performer on this list. Its base engine is pretty weak. For a livelier experience, you’ll want to consider upgrading to the 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four.

2020 Kia Sportage

A red Kia Sportage on display at an auto show
Kia Sportage | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Kia’s Sportage lives up to its name by being a smooth, sporty ride. The Sportage comes with an engaging 181-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s also an available turbo-four that makes 240-hp. The Sportage’s performance, tech features, and high-quality cabin make it a well-rounded vehicle.