5. Acura RDX
Starting price: $36,510
The Acura RDX is one of the favorite new compact SUVs for moms who drive their families around each day. The auto is one of the highest rated in the class when it comes to combining comfort and safety. The base engine in the RDX is a 3.5 liter V-6 rated at 279 horsepower coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available as a dealer option, and the auto comes with the latest technology upgrades to include adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. The top speed of the SUV is 135 MPH, and the fuel efficiency rating of the vehicle is 19 MPG (city) and 28 MPG (highway).