2011 Chevrolet Equinox
Best compact SUV overall
Reviewers are unanimously impressed by many aspects of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Its good fuel economy, fresh looks and top-notch passenger comfort make it the best-reviewed model among small SUVs. Many reviewers say that the Chevy Equinox feels like a much more expensive car, especially in terms of its composed, solid-feeling ride quality which, according to Edmunds.com, conveys "character and refinement." Top safety ratings and a good mix of practical features and amenities, such as sliding rear seats, complete the package. The longtime favorite Honda CR-V (Base MSRP: $21,895 to $28,095) is a close runner-up, offering excellent ride quality, reliability and resale value. The 2011 Hyundai Tucson (Base MSRP: $18,895 to $26,345) is also very well-reviewed and costs thousands of dollars less than the Equinox.