10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 (2015)
Compact SUVs became the best-selling vehicle category in the country last year, outpacing the mighty midsize car for the first time ever. Compared to their midsize sedan counterparts, compact SUVs offer far greater cargo versatility and a higher driving position, with similar pricing and sensible fuel economy. And all small SUVs are offered with all-wheel drive, increasing their appeal to those who regularly drive on the slippery stuff. Here are the best SUVs available today for less than $25,000.
The Wrangler isn't for everyone, but for many weekend warriors there's simply no alternative. Now that it's available with four doors and offers a more compliant highway ride, the Wrangler is even more comfortable within the confines of the urban jungle.
Its attractive style draws attention to the Santa Fe Sport, but what keeps buyers coming back are available features like Blue Link telematics, a panoramic sunroof and heated/ventilated seats. The best warranty in the business doesn't hurt, either.
Jeep's entry-level newcomer has been attracting attention with its charming, retro-modern looks, but it has a lot more to offer than style. The Renegade allows open-air driving, similar to its big-brother Wrangler, and the nimble compact is comfortable on the road, fuel efficient and capable of venturing off-road.
The Ford Escape's athletic looks, attractive, feature-filled interior and powerful EcoBoost engines appeal to the emotional side of the brain. But the Escape is also a rational purchase: even with the high-performance EcoBoost engine, this Ford is surprisingly efficient. And the Escape has plenty of thoughtful touches that make it easier to carry people and their gear.
There's more to the Rogue than just good looks. Its practical nature comes through with its highly fuel-efficient engine and transmission and class-exclusive Around View Monitor. And while the Rogue's available third-row seat isn't fit for big kids or small adults, even, it can be a handy just-in-case feature.
The RAV4 has been a success in the marketplace for over 20 years by offering buyers what they want. The sensible RAV4 is reliable, efficient, comfortable transportation and it has the biggest cargo area in its class.
Subaru's small SUV is the only one that comes standard with all-wheel drive, and its reliability and safety features further enhance the practicality of this likeable small SUV.
The value-packed Sorento gives buyers the flexibility to choose between two fuel-efficient engines, 5- or 7-passenger seating and plenty of luxury-like interior features. The Sorento is all-new for 2016, with a new look and a roomier, elegantly restyled interior.
The CX-5 may be the category's best mix of driving fun and SUV practicality. It's good looking and a great value, and while this SUV makes it easy to get chores done, it also offers a highly entertaining drive when the work is finished.
In addition to topping this list for the third year in a row, the 2015 Honda CR-V also took home the first-ever Kelley Blue Book Best Buy trophy in the Small SUV category. The worry-free, fuel-efficient CR-V is pleasant to drive and roomy inside, and converts from people hauler to cargo carrier more easily than any other compact SUV.