Today, small suvs represent the hottest segment of the automotive marketplace. Best-selling crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue combine the high seating position and ample cargo space of a traditional SUV with the fuel-efficiency, comfort, and value of a car, all at affordable prices.
But if you’re assuming that an SUV can handle your trailer, don’t be so sure. Many popular models (including the CR-V and Rogue) are rated to tow less than 2,000 pounds, and many more offer higher towing capabilities only with certain engines, trim levels, and options packages. So if you need to tow 2,000 pounds — a small U-Haul trailer; a trailer with a jet ski, motorcycles, canoes, or a snowmobile; or a small camping trailer — you’ll want to see the SUVs we’ve rounded up. Our selections range from tiny but mighty subcompacts all the way up to a few bigger and fancier SUVs that provide unexpected bang for your towing buck. Here are 10 small SUVs for towing 2,000+ lbs without breaking the bank.