10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 (2016)

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10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 (2016)

The country is having a love affair with small SUVs right now, and Kelley Blue Book visitors are especially infatuated. Balancing an SUV’s elevated driving position, superior cargo versatility and available all-wheel drive with the efficiency and affordability of a mainstream sedan, today’s small SUVs offer multifaceted appeal. They’re growing in numbers and getting more stylish by the year, and we’ve gathered the cream of the crop right here in this list of the best SUVs available today for less than $25,000.

Take off the top, find a dirt road to nowhere and try to remember the last time you had more fun on four wheels. The rugged Wrangler isn’t the right choice for most small SUV shoppers, but for countless weekend warriors there’s no other option. Read more

The newest Jeep mixes the off-road spirit of a Jeep Wrangler with the added efficiency, refinement and affordability of a smaller crossover SUV. Read more

Inside and out, Nissan’s small SUV conveys the stature of a larger vehicle. It’s also the smallest SUV available with three rows and seating for seven, even if it’s a really small, just-in-case third row. Read more

With one of the segment’s roomiest interiors and arguably the most established reputation for reliability, the Toyota RAV4 overachieves in both practicality and value. Read more

Honda’s newest, smallest SUV proved roomy and practical enough to take home the only 2016 Best Family Car Award we handed out in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment. But it’s also a solid choice for pre- and post-family shoppers seeking SUV flexibility in the neighborhood of $20,000. Read more

Standard all-wheel drive meets long-term reliability and excellent resale value in a small SUV that makes just as much sense in sunnier states as it does in the more wintry ones. Read more 


Totally redesigned for 2016, the Kia Sorento can be configured as a roomy 2-row SUV or, if you’re willing to break this list’s $25,000 threshold, a tidy 3-row SUV. It also offers a long list of available features, including one of our favorite infotainment systems. Read more


A no-show on this list last year, Hyundai’s small SUV grabs the number three slot this year on the strength of a complete redesign that makes it more refined and even more stylish. Read more


Like most cars with a Mazda badge, the CX-5 is arguably the most stylish and most fun-to-drive entry in its class. Tech and design updates for 2016 have only added to its already considerable appeal. Read more

As our Small SUV Best Buy for 2016, one of our 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, and last year’s number one on this list, the CR-V was again an easy pick for this top spot. Honda’s small SUV is roomy, reliable, refined, efficient and just about everything else you might be seeking from a small SUV. Read more


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