Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money

2014 Best SUVs Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000

Unbelievably, it’ll be 2015 in like 28 days. Crazy, right? That means it’s winter (or almost winter) in a huge chunk of the country. And, winter means snow. And, snow means you need traction. And, traction means four-wheel-drive,  failing that all-wheel-drive, failing that front-wheel-drive. And, finally, that means SUVs. (Or, at least it could mean SUVs… Give me some slack, I’m trying to write a moderately helpful post here.) So, I thought I would try to be a little useful again and put together a list of the best SUVs on the market under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000 and $100,000 with a few honorable mentions. Here they are…

Best SUV Under $20,000

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $19,595
  • Engine: 2.0-liter I-4
  • Transmission: 5-speed Manual or 6-speed CVT
  • Horsepower: 148 hp
  • Torque: 145 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 25 mpg City / 32 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 5
  • Cargo Capacity: 21.7 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Up / 49.5 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: Front-Wheel-Drive (Optional All-Wheel-Drive)
  • 0 to 60 mph: 9.5 seconds
  • Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 miles

Best SUV Under $30,000

2015 Toyota Highlander LE

2015 Toyota Highlander LE

2015 Toyota Highlander LE

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $29,415
  • Engine: 2.7-liter I-4
  • Transmission: 6-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 185 hp
  • Torque: 184 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 20 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 8
  • Cargo Capacity: 13.8cubic-feet with All Seats Up / 42.3 cubic-feet with Middle-Seats Folded Down / 83.7 cubic-feet with all Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: Front-Wheel-Drive (Optional All-Wheel-Drive)
  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.4 seconds
  • Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 miles

Best SUV Under $40,000

2015 Audi Q5 Premium

2015 Audi Q5 Premium

2015 Audi Q5 Premium

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $38,900
  • Engine: 2.0-liter Turbocharged I-4
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 220 hp
  • Torque: 258 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 20 mpg City / 28 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 5
  • Cargo Capacity: 29.1 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Up / 57.3 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: Quattro All-Wheel-Drive
  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.0 seconds
  • Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 miles

Best SUV Under $50,000

2015 Land Rover LR4 Base

2015 Land Rover LR4 Base

2015 Land Rover LR4 Base

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $50,100 (Close enough!)
  • Engine: 3.0-liter Supercharged V6
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 340 hp
  • Torque: 332 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 14 mpg City / 19 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Cargo Capacity: 44.5 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Up / 90.3 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: Four-Wheel-Drive
  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.7 seconds
  • Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 miles

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Best SUV Under $60,000

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35d

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $57,000
  • Engine: 3.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged I-6
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 255 hp
  • Torque: 413 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 24 mpg City / 31 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 (Optional 7)
  • Cargo Capacity: 22.9 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Up / 60.0 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: All-Wheel-Drive
  • 0 to 60 mph: 6.7 seconds
  • Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 miles

Best SUV Under $75,000

2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL

2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL

2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $69,470
  • Engine: 6.2-liter V8
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 420 hp
  • Torque: 460 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 14 mpg City / 20 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 8
  • Cargo Capacity: 38.9 cubic-feet with All Seats Up / 76.7 cubic-feet with Middle-Seats Folded Down / 121.1 cubic-feet with all Seats Folded Downn
  • Drive: Front-Wheel-Drive (Optional All-Wheel-Drive)
  • 0 to 60 mph: 6.4 seconds (Holy Crap!)
  • Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 miles

Best SUV Under $100,000

2015 Range Rover HSE

2015 Range Rover HSE

2015 Range Rover HSE

  • Base Price (Base MSRP): $89,995
  • Engine: 3.0-liter Supercharged V6
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 340 hp
  • Torque: 332 pound-feet
  • Fuel Efficiency: 17 mpg City / 23 mpg Highway
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 (Optional 4)
  • Cargo Capacity: 32.1 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Up / 82.8 cubic-feet with Rear-Seats Folded Down
  • Drive: Four-Wheel-Drive
  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.1 seconds
  • Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 miles

Best SUV Honorable Mentions

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

BASE MSRP: $22,195: Über efficient, convenient and imminently capable in all conditions.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

BASE MSRP: $33,300: Über stylish. Decent Mercedes for the Money. Taller version of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BASE MSPR: $64,380: Um… 470 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 465 lb-ft @4,300 rpm; and 0 to 60 mph 4.6 seconds ON A JEEP! ‘Nuf said. 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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