Small SUVs are appealing to a lot of people. They are often inexpensive, spacious enough for starting a family and get decent fuel economy. For many of those buyers, safety is also a major concern. Cars are safer than they ever have been, but some are just better than others in a crash.

Crash avoidance technology, like automatic braking, is also becoming popular in many vehicles. They used to only come as optional technology on luxury cars, but almost every vehicle on this list of safe SUVs includes it as an option.

We’ve rounded up the top five safest small SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). We chose the IIHS over the government testing because we believe IIHS testing to be more difficult. All of these small SUVs offer safety, fuel economy and practicality at a low price. Here are the top five safest small SUVs you can buy today.


[tps_title]Mitsubishi Outlander Sport[/tps_title]

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Despite only scoring an Acceptable rating in the IIHS Small Overlap Front crash test, the vehicle still received the Top Safety Pick award. If the vehicle had active crash avoidance features, such as automatic braking, it would’ve scored even higher.

This five passenger small SUV starts at $19,470 and gets up to 31 mpg on the highway. Mitsubishi doesn’t sell as many vehicles in the United States as Honda or Ford, but do equip all of their vehicles with a 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty for peace of mind.

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