In our review, we will talk about the most interesting and affordable cars in this category that you can buy on the secondary market. If, however, you are looking for a higher-class vehicle with innovative features, then our review titled “Best Luxury SUVs: TOP-10” might be of interest to you.
Top budget SUVs
Our rankings include SUVs:
- Toyota RAV4
- Honda CR-V
- Hyundai Tucson
- Nissan Rogue
- Mazda CX-5
The best budget SUV of all time is the Toyota RAV4. It is one of the richest SUVs in terms of options. Some of them provide safety, others are necessary for comfort. For example, automatic switching of lights from “high” to “low” or memory of the driver’s seat position. When buying the latest generations of the SUV, customs costs will be lower, so we recommend paying attention to the cars of the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation.
In the fifth generation Toyota RAV4 is available in the following configurations: XLE, XSE, RAV4 Hybrid, Adventure, Limited. The base model for many countries is the hybrid version. It is a “self-charging” hybrid. It can be front- or all-wheel drive. In this version, you will have to drive an automatic (variator).
This is a car for those who are looking for a well-built, economical, practical and comfortable SUV. Compared to analogs, for example, Skoda Kodiaq, the starting price of the car seems quite high, but after close acquaintance with it doubts in the right choice disappear.
A hybrid crossover with an electric range of up to 60 km. The main power plant in it is a gasoline engine. In addition to it, the car is equipped with two electric motors, one of which serves as an electric generator, and the second is used as a traction motor. The gasoline one has a power of 145 hp, and the electric motor – 184 hp. The ground clearance of the car is 190 mm. The maximum speed that the car develops is 181 km/h.
Inside the CR-V there is a sharp connection with Civic – the dashboard looks almost the same. The seats are extremely comfortable, with good support in all the right places. The steering column has plenty of adjustments, making it easy to adapt for any driver. The CR-V offers a high seating position, just as an SUV should.
A city SUV that has authority on country roads as well. The comfort of traveling in an SUV does not depend on the road the driver has chosen – it will remain on the highway and off-road. Compactness and maneuverability make the car a good choice for the city, and its endurance and character will be useful outside the city, during long journeys. Buyers can choose from a wide range of powertrains, including 2.5-liter engines with 142 and 175 hp.
In addition to its excellent technical characteristics, we would like to mention its excellent style. The spacious and comfortable interior allows you to travel tirelessly over very long distances. The SUV is equipped with automatic or manual transmission, and the maximum power of the power plant is -190 hp.
Budget SUVs can be luxurious and our next entrant is proof of that. In the 2023 generation of the Rogue, all vehicles are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower. The powertrain works in conjunction with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. On the road, the Rogue is very docile, not only on flat stretches but also on tight turns. For the majority it will be very comfortable and it can be safely called a “family” car, but it is unlikely that the car will be to the taste of those who like extreme driving.
The interior styling is very similar to that of the Altima and Sentra sedans. Inside there are many storage compartments, two-level dashboard, square gearshift knob – everything looks very luxurious, modern and makes any trip comfortable.
Fabric seats are standard, but the mid-range model can be equipped with faux leather upholstery. Natural leather is used in the SL and Platinum Rogue. Three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel are available.
Mazda CX-5 confirms the brand’s reputation as a manufacturer of vehicles with a sporty character that are refined on the outside and luxurious on the inside. Mazda CX combines maneuverability on the road, high performance and impeccable comfort. Models in expensive packages are equipped with a powerful 256-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The standard package uses a 187 hp motor. As for the drive, it is full in all cases.
In the cabin, you’ll find premium materials and an excellent layout that make the experience even more vivid. The storage compartment has a completely flat floor, making it easy to load luggage. There are also several storage spaces in the cabin for smartphones and other small items. For example, on the center console there is a deep tray and a useful container with a removable shelf. As always in Japanese cars – nothing superfluous and everything you need to keep comfortable.