The great thing about small SUVs is that they combine all of the good things about sedans (smooth, fun ride) and large SUVs (versatility) into an affordable and fuel efficient package.

This segment has really heated up in recent years and now nearly every automaker, from the luxury labels to the mass producers, has a small SUV in their lineup. The sheer number of choices can actually be a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, our friends over at he venerable Kelley Blue Book picked their top ten SUVs that have a starting price under $25,000. These are the best options out there for those of you looking for a car that is fun, attractive, fuel efficient, versatile and, most importantly, affordable. Click through to see what made the list.
10. Jeep Wrangler

10. Jeep Wrangler

Sticker Price: $22,395 - $31,195
Invoice Price: $21,838 - $29,398
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway

It's not the most fuel efficient or comfortable vehicle on the road, but the Jeep Wrangler is nearly unmatched when it comes to affordable off-road prowess. This iconic SUV, loved for its boxy shape and prominent role in American military history, can be had for just $22,395.

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9. Kia Sorento

9. Kia Sorento

Sticker Price: $24,100 - $40,100
Invoice Price: $23,280 - $37,728
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway

We agree with KBB's assertion that the Kia Sorento is the "Goldilocks of SUVs." It's big enough for 7 passengers, yet small enough to park and maneuver through traffic. It's also pretty fuel efficient for a three-row SUV, achieving 26 mpg on the highway.

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8. Toyota RAV4

8. Toyota RAV4

Sticker Price: $23,550 - $29,720
Invoice Price: $22,020 - $27,787
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

Although the exterior design is polarizing, there's no question the Toyota RAV4 stands out on the road. We like the sportier driving dynamics of the RAV4 in addition to its reputation for reliability. It's a pretty safe bet that a RAV4 is going to last a long time.

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7. Jeep Cherokee

7. Jeep Cherokee

Sticker Price: $22,995 - $30,095
Invoice Price: $22,636 - $29,069
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway

Sure, it employs some very polarizing design, but the Jeep Cherokee is an excellent option if you're looking for an affordable small SUV that stands out on the road. It comes with off-road prowess, a nice roomy interior and solid fuel efficiency.

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6. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

6. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Sticker Price: $24,950 - $32,400
Invoice Price: $23,964 - $30,706
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway

With sharp looks, a great interior and plenty of room for you and all your stuff, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a great option for an SUV under $25,000. It's available in AWD, too, making it great for snowy conditions.

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5. Subaru Forester

5. Subaru Forester

Sticker Price: $21,995 - $32,995
Invoice Price: $20,811 - $30,836
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway

Boasting an absolutely stellar all-wheel drive system and an updated look for 2014, the Subaru Forester is one of the most versatile SUVs you can get for under $25,000. Its base 2.5L H-4 engine is great, producing 170 horsepower and achieving 29 mpg on the highway.

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4. Ford Escape

4. Ford Escape

Sticker Price: $23,100 - $30,850
Invoice Price: $21,772 - $28,769
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

The new design of the Ford Escape has proved to be wildly popular and its driving dynamics, interior and standard features are all near the top of the class. The fact that it starts at $23,100 means that this is a heck of a deal, too. However the Escape has been recalled numerous times, calling its quality in to question.

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3. Nissan Rogue

3. Nissan Rogue

Sticker Price: $22,790 - $29,630
Invoice Price: $21,413 - $27,824
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway

With new styling and an solid interior package, the Nissan Rogue takes the number three spot on the KBB list. The Rogue can carry up to seven passengers with its available third-row seat and can achieve an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway.

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2. Mazda CX-5

2. Mazda CX-5

Sticker Price: $21,395 - $29,070
Invoice Price: $20,784 - $28,233
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway

The Mazda CX-5, is one of our favorite crossovers on the road right now. With great fuel economy, superb driving dynamics and attractive sheet metal, crossover buyers should absolutely give this car a test drive, especially since it starts at just $21,395.

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1. Honda CR-V

1. Honda CR-V

Sticker Price: $23,120 - $29,120
Invoice Price: $21,718 - $27,334
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

The 2014 Honda CR-V is remarkably roomy and versatile, which is great for today's family on the go. It's great in adverse weather, fuel efficient and comes with lots of trunk space, making it one of the best crossovers around.

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