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The Definitive Guide to Affordable 2016 Mid-Size SUVs

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Affordable 2016 Mid-Size SUVs

Looking to buy an affordable mid-size SUV? The variety of 2016 mid-size SUVs on the market today can be daunting. At Carsforsale.com, we’ve created the 2016 mid-size SUV buying guide to help make your search a little easier. We’ll break down the price, efficiency, rows, crash test ratings, and provide our initial thoughts to help simplify your search.

Honda Pilot

  • Entry MSRP: $30,145
  • Base engine: 3.5L V6
  • MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 3

Buy the 2016 Honda Pilot if…

If you want the space, comfort, and refinement of a luxury SUV at an affordable price, the 2016 Honda Pilot delivers.

Look elsewhere if…

If you want a rugged, sporty looking SUV, the 2016 Honda Pilot may look a little too much like a minivan for your taste.

2016 honda pilot

READ: 2016 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

Nissan Murano

  • Entry MSRP: $29,660
  • Base engine: 3.5L V6
  • MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
  • IIHS Crash Rating: Top Safety Pick +
  • Rows: 2

Buy the 2016 Nissan Murano if…

If you want a car-based, 2-row mid-size SUV, the 2016 Nissan Murano has received some of the highest overall ratings in its class. The interior quality, comfort, and tech are top-notch.

Look elsewhere if…

If you need 3 rows or want towing and off-road capabilities, the Murano might not be the best fit.

2016 Nissan Murano

Nissan Pathfinder

  • Entry MSRP: $29,830
  • Base engine: 3.5L V6
  •  MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 3

Buy the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder if…

If you’d like ample passenger space, quiet, and comfort, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a family-friendly SUV that will fit the city-dwelling family lifestyle.

Look elsewhere if…

If you want a dynamic driving experience or luxurious trims, the Pathfinder offers more practicality than power or glamour.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

Chevrolet Equinox

  • Entry MSRP: $22,600
  • Base engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 4 Stars
  • Rows: 2

Buy the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox if…

If you’re trying to stick to a tight budget, the 2016 Chevy Equinox has a very low starting price, and has an extremely efficient 4-cylinder engine.

Look elsewhere if…

If stellar performance is a priority, the Chevrolet Equinox may not offer the driving experience you desire.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

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READ: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs GMC Terrain

Toyota Highlander

  • Entry MSRP: $29,990
  • Base engine: 2.7L 4-cylinder
  • MPG: 20 City / 25 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 3

Buy the 2016 Toyota Highlander if…

If you want a smooth ride, and plush cabin, you’ll be pleased with the 2016 Toyota Highlander.

Look elsewhere if…

If you want an SUV that sips gasoline, even the 4-cylinder Toyota Highlander produces unimpressive fuel economy.

2016 Toyota Highlander

Toyota 4Runner

  • Entry MSRP: $33,810
  • Base engine: 4.0L V6
  • MPG: 17 City / 22 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 4 Stars
  • Rows: 2 or 3

Buy the 2016 Toyota 4Runner if…

If you’re looking for an off-road SUV, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner feels very much at home away from the pavement.

Look elsewhere if…

If you rarely or never go off-road, the 4Runner won’t be a good fit, as it’s designed to handle dirt before pavement.

2016 Toyota 4Runner

Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Entry MSRP: $30,400
  • Base engine: 3.3L V6
  • MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 3

Buy the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe if…

If you want a well-rounded family wagon with great cargo space and a high quality cabin, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe will be a good fit.

Look elsewhere if…

If you want a soft, luxurious ride, the Santa Fe can produce a rough ride on bumpy roads.

2016 Santa Fe

Ford Edge

  • Entry MSRP: $28,700
  • Base engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 2

Buy the 2016 Ford Edge if…

If you want a tech-focused, attractive 2016 mid-size SUV with great engine options, the Ford Edge is a great choice.

Look elsewhere if…

If you plan on buying the base model, the quality drops significantly in comparison to higher trims.

 2016 Ford Edge

Ford Flex

  • Entry MSRP: $29,600
  • Base engine: 3.5L V6
  • MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
  • IIHS Crash Rating: Top Safety Pick
  • Rows: 3

Buy the 2016 Ford Flex if…

If you’re looking for a tech-savvy SUV with unique design and a ton of cargo room, the Ford Flex will fit your needs.

Look elsewhere if…

If you want top efficiency or aren’t fond of the unconventional, boxy styling, there are other 2016 mid-size SUVs that will be a better fit.

2016 Ford Flex

READ: 2016 Ford Flex vs Ford Explorer

Kia Sorento

  • Entry MSRP: $25,100
  • Base engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 2 or 3

Buy the 2016 Kia Sorento if…

If you want value in your mid-size SUV, the 2016 Kia Sorento is a great option, with a low price, attractive new exterior, refined cabin, and strong available engines.

Look elsewhere if…

If you’re considering the base model and want a powerful engine, the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine won’t suffice for hauling big loads or appeasing aggressive driving appetites.

2016 Kia Sorento

Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Entry MSRP: $29,995
  • Base engine: 3.6L V6
  • MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 5 Stars
  • Rows: 2 or 3

Buy the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee if…

If you want a powerful, feature-filled mid-size SUV laced with some off-road capabilities, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee can fulfill your desires.

Look elsewhere if…

If price is your primary concern, the most capable and luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokees can reach over $60,000.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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GMC Terrain

  • Entry MSRP: $23,975
  • Base engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
  •  MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 4 Stars
  • Rows: 2

Buy the 2016 GMC Terrain if…

If you’re looking for a mid-size SUV that sips fuel, and is stylish both inside and out, the 2016 GMC Terrain is a great choice.

Look elsewhere if…

If you’re looking for a dynamic driving experience, the Terrain has unexciting handling and a low-powered base engine.

2016 GMC Terrain

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Dodge Journey

  • Entry MSRP: $20,995
  • Base engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
  •  MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
  • NHTSA Crash Rating: 4 Stars
  • Rows: 2 or 3

Buy the 2016 Dodge Journey if…

If you need 3 rows on a budget, the 2016 Dodge Journey is one of the least expensive 3-row SUVs available today.

 Look elsewhere if…

If you want high power or high efficiency, the Journey’s engines aren’t as powerful or efficient as some competitors.

2016 Dodge JourneyStill unsure? Take a look at SUVs on Carsforsale.com to find the best deals near you.

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Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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