10 Most Affordable SUVs of 2016

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10 Most Affordable SUVs of 2016

Paying a fair price is always important, but the surest way to stretch your new-car dollar is to choose the right car in the first place. Our 5-Year Cost to Own projections let you compare the long-term ownership costs of different vehicles -- including expenses like depreciation, fuel and insurance costs -- to make the smartest decision possible. So while the 10 following SUVs aren’t necessarily the lowest-priced SUVs on the market, they’re likely to cost you less over a full buy-drive-sell ownership cycle according to Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own data as of December 2015.

In our full review of the 2016 Mini Countryman we said it “combines the taller height, available AWD and cargo utility expected in a crossover SUV with the flair, retro-cool looks and fun driving manners for which Mini is known.” If you can avoid diving too deep into Mini’s long list of attractive options, the Countryman can also be among the most affordable SUVs you can buy. Read more

With a fully redesigned Sportage on the way for 2017, discounts on the 2016 model could reduce overall ownership costs even further. Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties provide further financial peace of mind. Read more

The newer Jeep Renegade is getting all the attention, but lower transaction prices help keep the Compass on the map of the most affordable SUVs. Read more

From our full review of the 2016 Chevrolet Trax: “Budget-minded shoppers will love the 2016 Chevrolet Trax for its affordable price, excellent fuel economy, roomy interior and feature-rich cabin.” Read more

In a classic example of having your mud pie and eating it too, the world-famous Wrangler is also one of the most affordable SUVs on the road. As resilient in resale value as it is on the trail, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is one of this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award winners. Read more

The best-selling SUV in the country and our Small SUV Best Buy of 2016, the Honda CR-V continues to shine from every angle. Read more

Standard all-wheel drive is only part of the Subaru story. Combined with a reputation for building cars that last, Subaru took home this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award for Best Brand. Whether or not you absolutely must have the added traction of Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the Forester SUV is a smart buy. Read more

With the lowest starting price on this list, the Patriot gets a head start in the race to lowest ownership costs. Read more

Mazda’s heralded design ethos and driving dynamics are now available in the form of a subcompact SUV, as highlighted in our CX-3 review: “If you want to emphasize sport in your small sport-utility, the uncommonly attractive Mazda CX-3 will deliver it in ways that its competitors don't.” Read more

Following in the footsteps of its Honda stablemates, Honda’s all-new subcompact SUV is already topping lists and taking home awards. One of our Best Family Cars of 2016, the HR-V is the most versatile, most practical SUV in the segment. It's also the most affordable SUV you can buy when looking at a full 5-year ownership cycle. Read more


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