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Best 2024 Compact and Subcompact SUVs

Range of 2024 Jeep Wrangler SUVs in a canyon.

Are you currently looking for a subcompact or compact SUV? The range of models has grown significantly in recent years within this ultra-popular segment among buyers.

Why such a craze for these SUVs? Because they represent an excellent option for those looking for a spacious vehicle, often with all-wheel drive, without the bulk of a mid-size SUV.

Duclos Mercier presents below its SUV models that will meet not only your needs but also your budget!

Front 3/4 view of Jeep Cherokee driving on a bridge.

Jeep Cherokee

A highly appreciated SUV in the Jeep lineup, the Cherokee offers a perfect balance between off-road capabilities and everyday practicality.

After nearly 50 years, this model is taking its final curtain call in its current form; we'll have to wait a few more months to learn more about the manufacturer's plans for its iconic Cherokee, which will likely return in an electrified iteration.

Meanwhile, you can still purchase new 2023 model year units, which are available in 2 trims:

  • The Altitude trim: $50,089
  • The Trailhawk trim: $54,589

Under the hood, the Jeep Cherokee features a 2.4-litre Tigershark 4-cylinder engine producing 180 hp/177 lb-ft in the entry-level model; the Trailhawk model is equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder that develops 270 hp/295 lb-ft of torque.

Moreover, while the base model has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, the Trailhawk version can tow up to 4,000 pounds, a peak in its category.

Finally, in terms of cargo space, the Cherokee offers between 731 and 1,549 liters, depending on whether the rear seats are folded down or not.

Jeep Wrangler

The most "Jeep" of Jeep SUVs is undoubtedly the iconic Jeep Wrangler, which has been a staple on roads for several decades now.

Recognized and valued for its legendary off-road capabilities, the Wrangler offers a vast array of models for 2024: 2-door, 4-door, and 4-door plug-in hybrid (4xe), the latter potentially eligible for government incentives.

Here are their base prices by trim:

  • 2-Door Models:
Trim Base Price
Sport $48,710
Sport S $51,515
Willys $55,710
Rubicon $64,910
Rubicon X $76,155
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler SUV parked on a rock in a canyon.
  • 4-Door Models:
Trim Base Price
Sport $53,710
Sport S $56,515
Willys $60,710
Sahara $64,210
Rubicon $67,410
Rubicon X $78,205
Rubicon 392 $126,013
  • 4xe Plug-In Hybrid (4-Door):
Trim Base Price Government Incentives
Sport S $55,962 $7,500 included
Willys $60,962 $7,500 included
Sahara $68,786 $2,500 included
Rubicon $78,210 -
High Altitude $87,015 -
Rubicon X $87,705 -

When it comes to capabilities, the Jeep Wrangler boasts a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds for the 2-door models, while the 4-door and 4xe trims can haul up to 3,500 pounds. Notably, the Wrangler Rubicon can increase its towing capacity to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2-door Wrangler offers a cargo space ranging from 365 to 898 liters, and between 877 to 2038 liters for the 4-door models.

Here are the different engine options available for the 2024 Wrangler:

  • A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower.
  • A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower.
  • A 6.4-liter V8 engine with 470 horsepower (exclusive to the Rubicon 392 model).
  • A plug-in hybrid powertrain with 375 horsepower (4xe), capable of driving up to 35 kilometers in 100% electric mode.

If you're looking for an SUV that will meet your needs for off-roading while still being perfectly comfortable in the city and on the highway, the 2024 Wrangler is the compact SUV you need!

Jeep Compass:

The Compass stands out in its category not only for its off-road capabilities but also for its towing capacity. Indeed, it can tow up to 2,000 pounds! As a result, the Jeep Compass surpasses most of its competitors, which either have a lesser capacity or none at all.

The Jeep Compass SUV driving on a dirt road in the forest.

Various trims are offered for 2024, as mentioned in the table below:

Model MSRP
Sport $41,510
North $42,115
Altitude $45,045
Trailhawk $45,615
Limited $46,915
Trailhawk Elite $49,410

Powered by a 200-hp engine with a maximum torque of 221 lb-ft thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, the Compass Trailhawk also boasts Trail Rated certification, which means it offers exceptional performance in terms of traction, ground clearance, and maneuverability.

Lastly, it offers a cargo volume of 770 to 1,693 liters, depending on whether the rear seats are folded down or not.

Jeep Renegade

This subcompact SUV, whose production stopped with the 2023 model year, will charm you with its dynamic lines and compact size, yet hiding solid performance. It can tow up to 2,000 pounds, a rarity in its category!

The base prices for the Renegade go as follows:

Model MSRP
North $38,989
Upland $39,984
Red $40,584
Altitude $41,584
Trailhawk $42,289
Trailhawk Elite $45,234
Front 3/4 view of Jeep Renegade parked on a pavement.

In terms of powertrain, all Renegades are equipped with a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing 177 hp/210 lb-ft, as well as a generously equipped interior.

Front 3/4 view of Dodge Hornet SUV driving on a road.

Dodge Hornet

The 2024 Dodge Hornet is living proof that compact dimensions can be combined with performance! Offering gas-powered and plug-in hybrid models, the Hornet is available at the following base prices:

  • GT : $43,990
  • GT Plus : $49,990
  • R/T : $49,817
  • R/T Plus : $55,817

Note that the R/T and R/T Plus versions are plug-in hybrids and that the displayed price includes a government rebate.

Under the hood, the gas-powered Hornet houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that generates 268 hp/295 lb-ft, enabling it to reach 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, making it the fastest compact SUV in its category.

As for the plug-in hybrid models, they can rely on a powertrain consisting of a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor; together they deliver the highest power in its category, with 288 hp/383 lb-ft. Moreover, you'll be able to travel up to 53 kilometers if you choose the all-electric mode.

Note that all Hornets have a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and a cargo volume varying between 765 and 1,550 liters (650-1,430 liters for rechargeable versions).

Want to learn more?

For more information about our Jeep and Dodge compact and subcompact SUVs or to book a test drive, visit us at Duclos Mercier today!

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