2010's Top 5 Affordable SUVs

April 11, 2010

Sports utility vehicles can be expensive, but you can find suitable models that are within your budget. SUVs are popular as family vehicles, as cargo haulers, or just for those long business trips you might have to take. They are reliable, powerful, stylish, and also a practical choice for many drivers. At one time many people would not have been able to afford to buy one--that has changed thanks to these five affordable SUVs for 2010.

2010 Honda Pilot
Starting at a price of $27,895, this eight-seater SUV is definitely under the category of affordable. Its new V-6 engine saves on fuel by using Variable Cylinder Management system, which allows the vehicle to switch automatically from six, to four, and even down to three cylinders. The two-wheel drive version of the Pilot gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the four-wheel drive gets 16 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. The 2010 Honda Pilot gives the driver a smooth and quiet ride, while its off road capabilities are also something to be admired.

2010 Mazda CX-7
Not only is this SUV affordable, it’s also stylish and is described as having a sporty driving experience. The base model starts at a mere $21,550 and buyers should be pleasantly surprised with the fuel economy. A 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with 162 horsepower is standard. The most recent update to the CX-7 was an improved suspension, which some say makes for a choppy ride, while others think it gives a smooth ride. The exterior looks bold and sporty, making the 2010 Mazda CX-7 stand out from a lot of other SUVs.

2010 Nissan Murano
The starting price for this mid-sized SUV is $28,050. Reviewers have a lot of praise for the power of the Murano, it comes with a 3.5-liter V-6, which gives 265 horsepower. It does 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, making the vehicle one of the most fuel efficient of its type. The latest model has been given a sportier look with a more angled front grille and newly designed headlights. Drivers haven't been disappointed with the interior either. It has comfortable seating for both drivers and passengers.

2010 Ford Edge SE

2010 Ford Edge SE

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2010 Ford Edge
The starting price is $27,420 and as long as you don't go for the additional features the price stays very affordable for the base model of the Ford Edge. You get good performance and acceleration from the 3.5-liter V-6, which has 365 horsepower. The four-wheel drive model gets 18 mpg in the city and a reasonable 24 mpg on the highway. The rounded off edges of the exterior give this SUV a more modern look than some other boxy styles in its class.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
With a starting price of $21,695, this SUV one of the cheapest of its kind. The base model comes with a 2.4 -liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower. The Santa Fe has a fuel economy rating of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg for highway driving. Reviewers state that this SUV is comfortable to drive and it also handles well. Drivers like the fact that it comes with wood trim on the interior as a standard feature.

These five SUVs are in a price range that most buyers can afford. You will get a lot for your money with any one of these vehicles, and as with most SUVs they will prove to be a reliable investment.

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