1. Ford Escape


Despite its compact size, Escape is one capable SUV. There’s a decent amount of interior space, a long list of options and engines and overall sense of quality. The range starts with 168 hp four cylinder and goes all the way up to turbocharged 245 hp unit making compact Ford Escape quite a performer. Equipped with that engine, Escape can tow up to 3500 pounds which is quite an achievement for a compact SUV.