Our picks for versatile, reliable SUVs that you can buy on a budget.
A spacious mid-size SUV with three rows for passengers, the Toyota Highlander also has Toyota’s undisputable badge of reliability. Engine options are two excellent gas-powered engines or the superb hybrid.
This is a top-ranked compact SUV. It also has a spacious cabin, a fuel-efficient engine, and a host of features that make it a great family car. The Honda CR-V is available with FWD or 4WD, and either option is great.
Lexus RX 350
This luxurious SUV has a pliant ride, an interior filled with leather, and a generously spaced out and quiet cabin. Cargo space is also great. It’s also available as a hybrid, which may cost a bit more, but it will pay for itself quickly.
This great SUV offers impressive fuel economy and is quite fun to drive as well. It’s packed with advanced safety features too. The Mazda CX-5 is powered by an efficient base-model engine or a more powerful 2.5-liter one that you can still manage in your existing budget.
Don’t want a third row, but want the option to carry a lot of cargo? The Toyota Venza is your SUV. The ride may be on the sportier side, but it is still quite comfortable. The cabin is spacious enough for five people and, as we mentioned before, all their luggage.
This big SUV offers the space and versatility of a minivan but the dynamics of a car. It also has superb ground clearance, and an all-wheel-drive system that can take you to places minivans wouldn’t dare to dream about. Its big chunky looks may appeal to you too.
The Toyota RAV4 has only gotten better over the years. Even when you compare a used RAV4 to a new SUV, it still manages to hold its own. It’s also gotten more cabin space and more cargo space than ever before.
This truck-based off-roader certainly looks the part. It can also take five people on a real outdoor adventure. It feels and looks rugged, and like it can beat any trail you decide to tackle with it. But if you’d rather stay on the road, it has good road manners too.