There are a lot of reasons to want an SUV or crossover. Maybe you have kids and the car just won’t cut it, and you’d never be caught dead in a minivan. Perhaps you haul around a lot of cargo frequently. Maybe you just want to control more of the road. Whatever your reason is, if you want a new SUV while sticking to a budget, keep reading. Carsforsale.com is ranking the 10 most affordable SUVs and Crossovers of 2016.
10. 2016 Mazda CX-5 – $21,795
If you want a big affordable crossover with athletic character, nimble handling, and stylish exterior, check out the 2016 Mazda CX-5. In the safety department, the CX-5 is an over-achiever with top safety ratings and nearly every safety tech feature available. If you’re concerned with saving money, the base Mazda CX-5 achieves car-like fuel economy, with 35 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city.
9. 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek – $21,595
The 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek has the utility and spaciousness of a crossover, with the drivability of a car. AWD comes standard, making this the perfect inexpensive crossover for off-road adventures and snowy winters. If safety is a priority, optional Subaru Eyesight is arguably one of the best suites of car safety tech available.
8. 2016 Dodge Journey – $20,895
Ride quality is a high point of the 2016 Dodge Journey. With significant design influence from the Dodge Grand Caravan, this is one of the most affordable 2016 crossovers with an optional 3rd row. Even the base Dodge Journey has perks like a cooled glove box, roof rails, and pushbutton start.
7. 2016 Chevrolet Trax – $20,300
Known as the “City Smart SUV,” the 2016 Chevrolet Trax was brand new in 2015, and offers a practical, spacious option in a relatively small package. This is an excellent affordable SUV for the tech-savvy driver. The base Trax comes with rearview camera, keyless entry, MyLink infotainment, 7-inch color touch screen, USB, WiFi (with subscription), and more.
6. 2016 Nissan Juke – $20,250
Looking to stand out in your vehicle? Look no further than the 2016 Nissan Juke. This CUV features a unique, edgy bullfrog-like design. As the name would suggest, the Juke is quite nimble and fun to drive for the class. Its futuristic design is matched by a lot of standard futuristic tech like backup camera, push-button start, NissanConnect infotainment, Siri Eyes Free, and more.
5. 2016 Mazda CX-3 – $19,960
Known for its incredible driving dynamics, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is brand new in 2016. The CX-3 has set the drivability bar extremely high for the crossover class, even in its base 4-cylinder engine. Inside this affordable crossover, the cabin offers a very upscale interior for the price point.
4. 2016 Honda HR-V – $19,115
Also completely new this year, the 2016 Honda HR-V is a practical and affordable subcompact SUV that is making big first impressions. Don’t let its size fool you, cargo and passenger space are both quite impressive. Due to its small size, driving this crossover is both easy and fun for the class. Top that off with impressive fuel economy, and the HR-V is a strong competitor in its class.
3. 2016 Jeep Compass – $19,495
If you’re on a budget but still want a handsome, yet rugged vehicle, the 2016 Jeep Compass may be for you. The Compass offers impressive cargo space and optional off-road features at an extremely competitive price point.
2. 2016 Jeep Renegade – $17,995
Brand new in 2015, the Jeep Renegade has had the automotive industry talking since the day it was born. Don’t let its pint-sized adorability fool you, the Renegade can be equipped as a full-fledged off-roading machine. This affordable small SUV delivers a unique, hip design unlike any other, while maintaining elements of its Jeep heritage.
1. 2016 Jeep Patriot – $17,495
The 2016 Jeep Patriot is the most affordable 2016 SUV. This compact SUV holds very true to its Jeep roots with its styling and capability off-road. Despite its ability off-road, it still has the maneuverability to please the city commuter. For classic Jeep style, and the least expensive 2016 SUV available so far, check out the 2016 Patriot.
Honorable Mention: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – $19,595
While there isn’t a 2016 model currently available, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport packs a whole lot of value in a low-priced SUV. Base features are plentiful, handling is agile, and its exterior is easy on the eyes.