3. Ford Escape
Starting price: $24,495
The Ford Escape has consistently been one of the top new compact SUVs available for moms sold on the American market. Ford has invested quite a bit of effort into the sporty look of the vehicle, and consumers have the choice between a four-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower or upgrading to either the turbo-four cylinder rated at either 179 horsepower or 245 horsepower depending on the overall need for power. The standard transmission for all drive trains for the Escape is a six-speed automatic, and if buying the towing package, the small SUV can tow a load up to 3,300 pounds. The overall fuel efficiency rating of the auto is 20 MPG (city) and 27 MPG (highway).