• Best SUV Under $20,000

  • Kia Soul The Kia Soul is a plucky little crossover. It’s not the most appealing crossover in the world — the design is hit or miss — but where it lacks in service-level musings, it makes up for it in the areas that matter.
  • Jeep Patriot If you want a specialized compact crossover that you can bring in your off-road adventures, the Jeep Patriot fits that mold to a tee. It’s one of the most capable off-road crossovers at its price point.
  • Nissan Kicks The Nissan Juke casts a big shadow over its successor, the Nissan Kicks. Fortunately, the latter has been able to hold its own in a market that has no shortage of new models.
  • Hyundai Kona Did you say that you want a fresh compact crossover that has some attitude in it? Well, if you are looking for such a model, the Hyundai Kona is for you.
  • Jeep Renegade Jeep makes another appearance on this list. Who knew, right? Well, the Jeep Renegade is a more appealing choice than the Patriot, in large part because it is actually a more evolved version of the Patriot.
  • Mazda CX-3 Different crossovers are good at different things. In the case of the Mazda CX-3, it’s good at being a sporty crossover. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Mazda did a great job designing and developing the CX-3 that it rightfully deserves to be called one of the best models in its class.
  • Fiat 500X The Fiat 500X is proof that looks can take a crossover very far. The 500X’s design is, without question, its biggest strength. Even the interior is well-dressed. There are enough quality materials in it that can do its Italian roots proud.
  • Ford EcoSport Sometimes, expecting something that isn’t there is a bigger disappointment than knowing what you’re getting into from the beginning. The Ford EcoSport is not a bad crossover. It’s not a particularly good one, either. It is, for lack of a better term, decent.
  • Honda HR-V The HR-V is like the jack-of-all-trades among all compact crossovers. It doesn’t shine in any one category, but it is good in a lot of them. Passenger and cargo space aren’t issues in the HR-V, either.
  • Chevy Trax The Chevrolet Trax offers up a good fight against a lot of the modes on this list. It rides well and has an agility to it that’s, well, surprising. But the Trax suffers nevertheless, not because of what it can’t do, but because the things it can do, others can do better.

One of the most difficult questions to answer in the auto industry these days doesn’t involve supercars, luxury cars, or even premium cars. It involves crossovers and SUVs, specifically the question of which is the best of its kind among those priced at a certain cost point. In this case, our cost point is $20,000, which means that a lot of today’s compact crossovers are involved in this difficult, if not impossible, discussion. And like every question posed in this business, answers vary depending on who you ask. In our case, ask us which are the best SUVs under $20,000, and these are our answers.

1.Kia Soul

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Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is a plucky little crossover. It’s not the most appealing crossover in the world — the design is hit or miss — but where it lacks in service-level musings, it makes up for it in the areas that matter.

2.Jeep Patriot

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Jeep Patriot
If you want a specialized compact crossover that you can bring in your off-road adventures, the Jeep Patriot fits that mold to a tee. It’s one of the most capable off-road crossovers at its price point.

3.Nissan Kicks

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Nissan Kicks
The Nissan Juke casts a big shadow over its successor, the Nissan Kicks. Fortunately, the latter has been able to hold its own in a market that has no shortage of new models.

4.Hyundai Kona

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Hyundai Kona
Did you say that you want a fresh compact crossover that has some attitude in it? Well, if you are looking for such a model, the Hyundai Kona is for you.

5.Jeep Renegade

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Jeep Renegade
Jeep makes another appearance on this list. Who knew, right? Well, the Jeep Renegade is a more appealing choice than the Patriot, in large part because it is actually a more evolved version of the Patriot.

6.Mazda CX-3

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Mazda CX-3
Different crossovers are good at different things. In the case of the Mazda CX-3, it’s good at being a sporty crossover. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Mazda did a great job designing and developing the CX-3 that it rightfully deserves to be called one of the best models in its class.

7.Fiat 500X

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Fiat 500X
The Fiat 500X is proof that looks can take a crossover very far. The 500X’s design is, without question, its biggest strength. Even the interior is well-dressed. There are enough quality materials in it that can do its Italian roots proud.

8.Ford Ecosport

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Ford EcoSport
Sometimes, expecting something that isn’t there is a bigger disappointment than knowing what you’re getting into from the beginning. The Ford EcoSport is not a bad crossover. It’s not a particularly good one, either. It is, for lack of a better term, decent.

9..Honda HR-V

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Honda HR-V
The HR-V is like the jack-of-all-trades among all compact crossovers. It doesn’t shine in any one category, but it is good in a lot of them. Passenger and cargo space aren’t issues in the HR-V, either.

10.Chevy Trax

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Chevy Trax
The Chevrolet Trax offers up a good fight against a lot of the modes on this list. It rides well and has an agility to it that’s, well, surprising. But the Trax suffers nevertheless, not because of what it can’t do, but because the things it can do, others can do better.
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