9. Jeep Cherokee
Starting price: $24,590
The Jeep Cherokee is one of the most established and top-rated new compact SUVs sold today. The standard drive train sold with the Cherokee is the 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower, and consumers can also upgrade to the 3.2 liter V-6 with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission if expecting to have to deal with inclement weather or have towing needs arise for the vehicle. The Cherokee can go from zero to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds and the top overall speed of the vehicle is 119 MPH. The overall fuel efficiency rating of the auto is 18 MPG (city) and 26 MPG (highway) putting it slightly below class average when compared against some of the smaller compact SUVs that are popular with moms.