SUVs are great for commuting, for going on vacation, and they also make an ideal family vehicle. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a vehicle of this type for under $25,000. However, there are quite a few to choose from when you begin researching. These are the top five suggested affordable SUVs for 2010.
2010 GMC Terrain
The Terrain comes with a 2.4-liter engine that gives out 182 horsepower as standard. Fuel economy-wise it does 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Features include traction control, anti-lockout, stability control, AWD, a power rear gate, remote ignition, and much more. Dual exhaust, a Cargo Package, GPS navigation aid, and the Audio System are just some of the many upgrades for the vehicle. It has a starting price of $24,250 making it one of the most affordable in its class.
2010 Honda CR-V
The 2.4-liter engine in the CR-V is rated at 166 horsepower and is matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 while on the highway. Stability control, traction control, hill descent control, CD changer with 7 speakers and speed sensing volume, MP3 player, and automatic climate controls come as standard on the Honda CR-V. For $21,545 you really couldn't ask for more from an SUV.
2010 Nissan Xterra
If you're looking for a great off-road SUV then the Xterra is the one for you. Not only is it a capable all terrain vehicle, it is also fine as a family vehicle too. The 4.0-liter 261 horsepower V-6 engine has more than enough power to tow 5,000 pounds. You will get the best fuel economy with the 2WD model that will do 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Xterra is praised for its cargo room, it has 65.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down and 36.3 cubic feet with all seats in use. It is a durable and sturdy vehicle for only $21,566 as a base price.
2010 Chevrolet Equinox
The $22,615 base price is not the only thing to get excited about with this SUV. It also has great fuel economy, with the FWD four-cylinder model getting 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg while on the highway. New engines for this model include a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder that gives 182 horsepower and an optional 3.0-liter V-6 that gets 264 horsepower. Chevrolet are known for making reliable and trustworthy vehicles, and this latest SUV is no exception.
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
This SUV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 200 horsepower and has 207 pound-feet of torque. With the manual transmission it does 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. TheVolkswagen Tiguan is a fun to drive vehicle that handles really well. On the base S model features include a height-adjustable and telescoping steering wheel, heated sideview mirrors, and a manual single-zone climate control. The basic manufacturers price is $23,200 and it seems the Tiguan is worth every penny.
There you have it, the top five SUVs under $25,000. At one point in time you could never find an SUV for under $30,000, but just look at all the options you have now. It really is possible to buy a reliable, quality, great handling SUV at an affordable price.