10 Best SUVs Under $25,000

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10 Best SUVs Under $25,000

In addition to their elevated seating position, superior cargo versatility and available all-wheel drive, today’s small SUVs are also comfortable and efficient enough that they've now replaced midsize sedans at the top of the sales charts. Here we've selected 10 standouts, each available for less than $25,000 according to our Fair Purchase Price.

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

From our full review: "Totally redesigned for 2018, the 2nd-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is among the roomiest SUVs in the segment and loaded with cutting-edge tech, including dual 12- and 8-inch digital displays, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a long list of driver-assist and safety technologies.” Read More

Already one of the most reputable, best-selling SUVs on the road, the roomy Toyota RAV4 hasn’t rested on its laurels. Following the introduction of a hybrid model, Toyota added an impressive suite of active safety features that’s standard across the entire lineup -- from the base LE model to the Platinum. There's even a new Adventure model that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. 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

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. Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties further sweeten the deal. Read More

The Hyundai Tucson is attractive inside and out, notably user-friendly and offers one of the best warranties in the segment. From our full review: “To its credit, Hyundai has created a stylish and sporty compact SUV, offering numerous technology features, a choice of normally aspirated or turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and such high-end options as a panoramic sunroof and Infinity premium audio system.” Read More

We like Nissan’s compact SUV for its grown-up styling, tasteful interior design and comfortable accommodations. The Rogue also offers a wide range of appealing comfort and safety technologies, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an available hybrid model. Read More

Totally redesigned for 2018, the Equinox claimed a spot on our annual list of Best Family Cars for the very first time: "Offering three engine choices, handsome interior and exterior styling, excellent road manners, and a grab bag of standard features to delight both you and the kids, the new Equinox has earned its place in a league historically owned by the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape." Read More

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. After a successful redesign for 2017, the CX-5 is again enhanced for 2018 with the addition of more standard and available features. Read More

The Honda CR-V already took home this year's Compact SUV Best Buy trophy, so it's no surprise to see it atop this list. From our full review: “Fresh from its complete overhaul last year, the 2018 Honda CR-V compact-crossover SUV continues to offer the size, features, fuel economy and excellent reliability buyers have come to expect from Honda. In a market where small SUVs are now crushing sales of small and midsize sedans, the CR-V offers 5-passenger seating, a roomy and versatile cargo bay plus more ground clearance than the average car with the option of all-wheel drive.” Read More


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