Top 5 SUVs Under $30,000
There were many years where SUVs were seen as impractical vehicles. Not only were the SUVs themselves naturally expensive, but you also ended up spending far more on gas every month. As time went on, SUVs were redesigned, with the SUVs of 2020 receiving significant improvements compared to the SUVs produced in the early 2000’s. Not only are SUVs more fuel efficient, but the base price has also dropped, making them much more appealing to car shoppers, even on a budget.
There are many advantages to owning an SUV. Even smaller SUVs offer excellent cargo space. They are also some of the most powerful vehicles, with great towing capacities. SUVs are also designed to perform in multiple environments, with several specializing in off road travel. Listed below are five of the best SUVs under $30,000.
2020 Kia Soul
The 2020 Kia Soul is a crossover SUV. Crossovers share many of the strengths of a traditional SUV, but they are built with a unibody structure, meaning both the body and frame are a single piece. Normally, the SUV uses a truck chassis, with additional parts later added to the body. Crossover SUVs have significantly better performance and are more fuel efficient than other SUV models. The better fuel mileage does come at a cost. The Kia Soul is not as powerful as other SUVs, only having a 147-horsepower engine.
Crossover SUVs are smaller than other models, but there is still a fair amount of cargo space, and the Kia Soul has two spacious rows of seats. The smaller size makes it easier to drive, especially in urban settings. The Kia Soul comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, but you can upgrade to a larger, 10.25-inch screen if desired. The standard model also comes with six speakers. It is Bluetooth compatible, and works with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2020 Jeep Cherokee
When you are shopping on a budget, it is hard to buy anything but the base model. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee was built with customization in mind. Instead of coming standard with a host of features, the Cherokee offers an inexpensive base package you can build around, ensuring you only have features you intend to use. The basic model has a 180-horsepower engine, with options to upgrade to either a 270 turbo-four or a 271 V6. These upgrades make the Cherokee an excellent vehicle for towing.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but there are optional four-wheel drive options available. You can also opt for a Selec-Terrain traction management system. This allows the jeep to automatically adjust to different road or weather conditions, making the Cherokee an excellent choice both on and off road. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee has minimal turbo lag on the road, meaning it can quickly accelerate even in rougher terrain.
2020 GMC Acadia
Finding an affordable, larger SUV is often a challenge. The 2020 GMC Acadia is one of the few three-row SUVs priced under $30,000. It boasts a powerful, 193 horsepower four-cylinder engine. What sets the Acadia apart from other large SUVs is the number of safety features available. It comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. For new drivers, there is the GMC Teen Driver system. This activates even more safety features, including the option to limit speed. It also turns on stability and traction control by default.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Many manufacturers have started rolling out hybrid SUVs. Hybrid SUVs have excellent performance, eliminating many of the fuel issues commonly associated with SUVs. Many hybrid vehicles are expensive, but the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has a reasonable price tag. The standard model comes equipped with all-wheel drive. With a 212-horsepower engine, it has as much strength as traditional SUVs.
While it has a smaller frame, the CR-V Hybrid boasts an impressive amount of cargo space. The electric motor provides smooth handling, making for a more comfortable ride compared to a gas-only SUV. While it does not come standard with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration, it does offer safety and driver-assistive features, including a multi-angle rearview camera.
2021 Kia Seltos
There are many great luxury SUVs on the market, but even if you are shopping used, it can be hard to find one priced below $30,000. While the Kia Seltos is not technically a luxury SUV, it was designed to match the classic style. The Kia Seltos comes standard with leatherette upholstery and a heated driver’s seat. The standard model also has a large infotainment screen.
The Kia Seltos is a subcompact crossover model, but it has two turbocharged engines, giving it much more power than crossover SUVs. It also features a variety of driver assistance features, such as automated emergency braking, lane-centering assistance and adaptive cruise control. The platform was loosely based off of the Hyundai Kona, which was praised for offering a roomier interior. It was especially well reviewed by taller drivers, who were impressed with the legroom.