Many families need the space and versatility of an SUV, but most new models are expensive. Fortunately, there are lots of comfortable, reliable, used SUVs available for thousands of dollars less than a new model. The most inexpensive SUVs are compact, but they can still have most of the features of a larger model. A less costly used vehicle should help you save money on your insurance premiums as well. Here are some of the best budget-friendly SUV models.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The five-seat Equinox crossover is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3-liter V6. Both have a six-speed automatic transmission, and you can find front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions. The optional MyLink entertainment system lets you use services like Pandora internet radio when you connect a compatible smartphone.
Additional options include Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen, lane departure warning, rear parking assistance, and forward collision alert. Many trim levels also have a power liftgate and a power sunroof. The deep center console can fit a small handbag or a laptop, and the rear seats slide forward and recline for more comfort and cargo space.
The 2012 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V has been a leading crossover vehicle since 1997, so there are lots of used models available. The 2012 Honda CR-V has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and optional all-wheel drive. It also has a sleeker, more athletic exterior than the 2011 version.
Standard folding power side mirrors make parking easy, and additional options include a power moonroof, roof rails, and fog lights. The back seat is easy to fold down, and Bluetooth, cruise control, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel are standard. The optional back seat entertainment system is great for road trips with kids, and standard safety features include electronic stability control and a backup camera.
The 2010 Toyota RAV4
The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is a sporty SUV that can hold up to seven people. It’s great for big families and people who need to navigate rough roads. Four-wheel drive is optional, and the rear door has a mount for a spare tire. You can find RAV4s with Bluetooth, fog lights, a moonroof, a backup camera, a navigation system, a folding third-row seat, keyless entry, a back seat entertainment system, and more. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 comes with a four-cylinder or a V6 engine, and the V6 version can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is 7 inches longer than previous models, it’s about 2 inches wider and 1.5 inches taller, and it has an optional third row. The base model has a manual transmission, and dual climate zones with controls for the second and third rows are optional. There’s also an optional DVD player for the third row. The second and the third rows fold down for extra of cargo room, and a 2.7-liter, 183 horsepower V6 engine is standard.
You’ll need to do your homework to find an inexpensive used SUV with lots of good features and relatively low mileage, but there are plenty of choices. Visit Rocky’s Auto Credit for a great selection.