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Shopping for an affordable SUV that checks all the right boxes is a difficult and time-consuming task. This is especially true if you’re on a tight budget. However, it’s important to consider a car’s overall cost to own rather than just its starting price or monthly lease or loan payment. 

Choosing the SUV with the lowest monthly lease payment or the lowest sticker price may save you money initially, but it could end up costing you more money over the long term. This is because a vehicle’s cost of ownership includes other factors, such as fuel costs, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.

To help you make a wise shopping decision, each year we offer our Best Cars for the Money awards. We choose a winner and two finalists from each vehicle class. In addition, we provide a ranking of all cars and SUVs in each class according to their overall quality and value for the money. This way, you can shop for a car knowing your money will be well spent.

To choose the Best Compact SUV for the Money, we compared each SUV to others in its class. Our formula considers each vehicle’s unbiased U.S. News score and ranking, as well as its IntelliChoice “target price” and 5-year total cost of ownership. The target price, or average purchase price, gives you an idea of what you might pay for the SUV when it’s new.

It’s important to remind you, our scores and rankings change on a regular basis as new expert research and data become available. This means the scores in this article may not match up with the scores in our individual vehicle reviews.

Keep reading to learn about the 11 best compact SUVs for the money in 2021.

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