10 Best SUVs Under $25,000

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10 Best SUVs Under $25,000

Midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord had a long run at the top, but Americans now buy more compact SUVs than any other class of vehicle. Offering the elevated seating position, superior cargo versatility and available all-wheel drive that drives the appeal of every SUV, today’s small SUVs also boast attractive efficiency and affordability. We’ve driven and evaluated them all, and here’s our list of the best SUVs available today for less than $25,000.

We like Nissan’s compact SUV for its grown-up styling, tasteful interior design and comfortable accommodations. It’s also the only SUV in the segment to offer room for seven, thanks to an available third-row seat best reserved for smaller, nimbler passengers and short trips. The Rogue has been significantly upgraded for 2017 with revised exterior and interior styling, a wide range of appealing comfort and safety technologies, plus the addition of a new hybrid model to the lineup. Read More

The Ford Escape was also improved for 2017, as noted in our most recent compact SUV comparison test: “While retaining its existing platform architecture, the 2017 Escape complements a bolder-looking exterior with a pair of new EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. It also benefits from a major interior makeover that adds more upscale flair and greater user-friendliness along with even better connectivity highlighted by the availability of the automaker’s new Sync 3 infotainment package.” Read More

The only extra-rugged, body-on-frame SUV on this list isn’t just the best off-roader you can buy for less than $25,000, it’s one of the most capable and famous SUVs in the world. Combined with a removable top to let the outside in, the Jeep Wrangler is an equally good coastal cruiser and rock crawler. Excellent resale value is just a cherry on top. Read More

Already one of the most reputable, best-selling SUVs on the road, the roomy Toyota RAV4 isn’t resting on its laurels. The lineup gained styling updates and a new hybrid version for 2016, while the 2017 model year brings the addition of an impressive suite of active safety features that’s standard across the entire lineup -- from the base LE model to the new Platinum trim. Read More

Fresh off a total redesign last year, the Hyundai Tucson is stylish inside and out, notably user-friendly and still offers the best warranty in the segment. From our most recent comparison test: “Fuel economy, ride quality and urban agility were just a handful of areas in which the Tucson stood out from the pack. Plus, it’s easily one of the most attractive small SUVs in the mainstream marketplace.” Read More

Compact SUVs are hot, but the nascent subcompact SUV segment is growing even faster. The HR-V may be the smaller, more affordable sibling to the venerable CR-V, but it’s also the roomiest subcompact SUV money can buy, arguably the most refined, and offers the best resale value in the segment. Read More

A favorite in areas of the country with bona fide winters, Subaru’s compact SUV is a smart buy no matter where you live. Thanks to award-winning resale values and a well-earned reputation for long-term reliability, the Forester is a smart choice for buyers who keep their cars only a few years, as well as those who hang on to them for dear life. Read More

Even with a significantly redesigned 2017 model on the way, the outgoing 2016 Mazda CX-5 again ranks in the top half of our annual list. Arguably the most stylish and most fun-to-drive SUV in the class, the CX-5 is also a perfectly practical choice, giving it wide-ranging appeal. Read More

Totally redesigned for 2017, the Kia Sportage skillfully nabbed our Small SUV Best Buy Award for 2017. In between a boldly styled front end and sleekly styled rear, the Sportage offers a roomy, smart and attractive interior that exemplifies the appeal of the segment. Of course, Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties are always appealing. Read More

From our full review: “The Honda CR-V has been totally revamped for 2017, further polishing a formula of practicality, efficiency, refinement and value that has made it the best-selling SUV over the past 20 years. Now in its fifth generation, Honda's 5-passenger compact crossover SUV arrives with a new turbocharged engine that earns up to 34 mpg, a slew of active-safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking, and a revamped interior that is both roomier and more functional.” Although the CR-V’s starting sticker price has eked past our threshold to $25,045, it remains well within the spirit of this list. Read More


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