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by Steve Siler

Some of us remember when the only compact SUVs out there were the Jeep Wrangler and the "beep-beep-hi!" Suzuki Samarai. But since then, the compact SUV has caught on with more and more buyers, with more and more offerings from manufacturers around the globe at the ready to satisfy them.

Over the years, of course, compact SUVs have grown up. In addition to ever-increasing amounts of interior space, many now offer leather seats, moonroofs and state-of-the-art sound systems- features that once were reserved for larger SUVs and luxury sedans.

Despite their newfound maturity, one thing about compact SUVs that hasn't changed is their collective status as some of the most nimble off-road vehicles in the world, thanks to good ground clearance, short wheelbases, tight turning circles and modest exterior dimensions.

Now, it's a well known fact that most SUV drivers will never their SUV off the beaten path, but something that every compact SUV shopper can appreciate is value.With the prices of new vehicles climbing ever higher, compact SUVs are becoming serious considerations for families on a budget. And seriously, what family isn't on a budget these days?

A fork in the road....either navigate through our compact SUV buyer's guide by clicking on 'Start' or by selecting one of the models listed below!