Best Compact SUVs in the USA

Giulia Nigrini
Giulia Nigrini
Vehicle Service Contract Specialist, Traveler, Car Enthusiast
April 8, 2022
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SUVs have become more popular in recent years. As more people get taken in by the outdoors it only makes sense. A compact SUV is great for city driving, road trips, and off-road adventures. The popularity has also increased the options available to you. Each of them offer the driver something that is right for their driving needs but some do shine above the rest. In this article we are going to take a look at the best compact SUVs in the USA.

What is a Compact SUV?

A compact SUV is a compact or small-sized sports utility vehicle. There is no specific definition for what the exact size defines a compact SUV, but there is a general understanding of what they are. They are larger than mini SUVs but smaller than mid-size SUVs. The term first started being used around 1982 in the USA and included cars like the 1982-1994 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and the 1984-1990 Ford Bronco II.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. You also have the option of a plug-in hybrid and a hybrid version that have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder augmented by an electric motor. You are looking at between $24,950 – $36,500 for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

2022 Subaru Forester

Outdoor enthusiasts have enjoyed the city sleek style and robust interior of the Subaru Forester for many years. The 2022 Subaru Forester has a wonderfully comfortable interior with a  2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder engine. This is an affordable compact SUV between $25,195 – $35,295.

2022 Ford Bronco Sport

The Bronco has held a special place in the hearts of Americans since 1965. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport offers a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder as the base engine. You do have the option of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well. You will find yourself spending between $27,265 – $33,935 for this welcomed Bronco Sport model.

2022 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is probably one of the most popular SUVs in the USA. Many people love the versatility and reliability of these vehicles. The 2022 Honda CR-V offers you a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that you can have in front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Ths compact SUV will cost between $26,400 – $36,200.

2022 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a comfortable compact SUV with versatile options which makes it easy to pick the right one for you. The 2022 Kia Sportage offers two variants which are the 1,6-liter direct injection turbo petrol engine and the 2-liter turbo diesel engine. For one of these stylish SUVs you can expect to spend between $24,090 – $35,250.

Think Ahead with an Extended Auto Protection

Even though you may now have a new SUV that has a factory warranty in place, it is never too soon to start thinking about continued mechanical protection. What is colloquially known as an extended car warranty is in fact a vehicle service contract that offers protection coverage for your SUV.

Extended auto protection ensures that you have the most important components of your SUV covered in the event of a mechanical breakdown. This is particularly important when you have come out of your factory warranty. Towards the end of your factory warranty period or miles used you should look at your vehicle’s extended protection plans. The plans come in three different tiers which are powertrain, powertrain plus, and most comprehensive, sometimes called exclusionary coverage.

Most of the plans have a 30-day waiting period at the start of the plan. For this reason we strongly suggest taking out an extended auto protection plan, or vehicle service contact, at least one month before the end of your factory warranty period.

Is an Extended Car Warranty Worth It

Repair bills can range between $300 and $5,000 depending on the repairs needed and the vehicle you are driving. It is not always possible to be sure that you have this amount of money at the time of a mechanical breakdown. So yes, to keep your car protected in the case of a mechanical breakdown we suggest that you look into an extended car warranty or vehicle service contract specifically designed to alleviate the stress of SUV ownership and cover you for parts and labor. Use the Chaiz search tool to find a vehicle service contract best suited to your compact SUV and your driving needs.  

Here at Chaiz, we offer you the chance to comfortably search for a warranty that is perfect for your model car and mileage usage. Plus, you will find a warranty fit for your budget rather than trying to fit it into your budget.

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