PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) — Considering how abundant abashment and buyers anguish “cash for clunkers”-era car buyers seemed to accept about their abounding ’90s and aughts action account vehicles, it’s amazing that their accepted iterations accept been so acquiescently embraced.
As crossovers abide to win hearts and minds with accretion burden amplitude and abbreviating gas abject stops, absolute SUV sales are up 14%, according to MotorIntelligence. By swapping out barter axles for car platforms, accent ammunition costs and giving U.S. drivers SUV amplitude at a lower cost, the crossover emerged arrive from a recession that beatific a accomplished lot of old-school SUVs to the scrapheap.
Crossover sales abandoned are up 13% this year from aftermost year, while baby SUV sales accept jumped 20%. The crossover’s 307,000 sales in the U.S. through April are alike starting to claiming those of the admirable midsize sedan, which still holds the advance amid agent categories with 311,00 cartage sold.
Unfortunately, alike crossovers can’t be candidly declared as “cheap” automobiles. A $30,000 beam does a poor job of absolute them and prices that consistently arise aloft it accept kept alike crossover sales tame.
There are still a accomplished lot of crossover SUVs out that limbo below that mark. With advice from Kelley Blue Book, we begin bristles examples of affection SUVs diplomacy for below than $25,000. Amid them are cartage that accept becoming so abundant acceptable will for blockage almost affordable that they’ve begin a abode amid the Top 10 acknowledged cartage in the country:
10. 2014 Subaru XV CrosstrekStarting price: $21,995
Remember back Subaru acclimated to accomplish wagons? Not the big, high-ground-clearance crossover SUVs with the Outback and Forester names on them now, but absolute wagons?
So do abounding Subaru buyers, which is why this mini crossover has the attending and feel of one with aloof hardly added elevation. As with all Subarus, the all-wheel drive is standard, but the 40 inches of disciplinarian headroom, the 43 inches of legroom and accumulated 52 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude with the bench bottomward are all added SUV than Subaru wagon. Still, the accepted multi-function affectation and rearview camera are nice allowances for Subaru’s aboriginal crossover, and those 33 afar per gallon on the artery are bigger than any wagon could manage.
9. 2014 Kia SportageStarting price: $21,600
You can bandy in all-wheel drive for $1,500 and this CUV still wouldn’t breach the $25,000 barrier.
Meanwhile, appearance including Sirius XM accessory radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity accomplish admirable freebies, while options including a rearview camera, UVO advice and ball arrangement and advancement admonishing arrangement additionally can still be had aural the $25,000 amount range. You affectionate of abhorrence to see the bare 26 cubic anxiety of burden space, but it can assignment for baby families and those trucking a minimum of stuff.
8. 2014 Mazda CX-5Starting price: $21,045
It’s way sportier than added compact-crossover, but the Mazda CX-5’s added applied appearance are its big draw.
The 155-horsepower agent and accessible Bluetooth hands-free buzz and audio streaming, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio and TomTom aeronautics arrangement are absolutely nice toys. But it’s the abounding rear basement and up to 65.4 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude that accent the “utility” allocation of this cartage category. That, and maybe the another blind-spot admonishing arrangement or the accumulated 28 afar per gallon that all-overs up to 31 mpg if you can handle a chiral transmission. Oh, and if you feel the charge to bang up to all-wheel drive, the $3,000 advancement won’t breach the $25,000 ceiling.
7. 2014 Hyundai TucsonStarting price: $21,450
The Tucson and its beyond sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe, aren’t mentioned abundant on lists like this one.
Long advised the frugal car buyer’s acknowledgment to Ford, Honda and Subaru crossovers, they’re basically added tricked-out versions of the added frequently cited Kia Sorento and Sportage. The Tucson, for example, is sized and priced agnate to the Sportage — and has a accumulated 25 afar per gallon agnate to its less-than-efficient cousin. Its abundance of cup holder, canteen holders, Bluetooth controls and multifunction cruise computer accord it a slight edge, though. Bandy in acrimonious advanced seats, a touchscreen display, rearview camera and added allowances for a $2,000 advancement and you accept a far added luxe adaptation of Kia’s economical alternative.
6. 2014 Dodge JourneyStarting price: $19,995
Fiat-owned Chrysler is aloof starting to get a handle on what crossover cartage it’s activity to accumulate and what beefy American grocery getters are activity to be slimmed bottomward into a sexier Italian frame.
The Journey was absolved the aforementioned beheading as abundant of the Dodge brand, but isn’t activity to attending abundant like its 2014 apotheosis in its abutting archetypal year. Sure, it’s inexpensive, but its accumulated 23 afar per gallon are absolutely abominable by crossover standards. Its “amenities” aren’t a accomplished lot to address home about, either. Daytime active lights, a ability driver’s seat, Bluetooth and a USB anchorage — accepted on best cartage — are allotment of an options package. Keyless entry, a push-button amateur and an another (but small) third row of basement are nice, but the Journey’s better upside is its burden space. There’s about 40 cubic anxiety abaft the additional row and almost 68 with the seats down, additional lots of tucked-away accumulator compartments in the attic and below the driver’ seat.
That may be account jumping on if you’re in acute charge of amplitude for your actuality or your family’s, but it may be account cat-and-mouse for the Fiat-designed 2015 advancement if you appetite the best for your money.
5. 2014 Nissan Rogue SelectStarting price: $22,790
Under $25,000 with about 30 afar per gallon account of accumulated ammunition efficiency? Alike Nissan’s (NSANY) mid-range crossover fits into this list.
Easily one of the the best fuel-efficient and cost-effective cartage of the bunch, the five-passenger Rogue crossover with its all-wheel drive and 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent is the clandestine Forester. Its autogenous is below artificial than its upmarket adversary and has adequate seats, a huge centermost animate bin and cuff box, an organizer below the attic and about 40 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude with all seats in place.
Nissan alike beefed up the appearance by authoritative aloft options such as Bluetooth, keyless entry, folding ancillary mirrors, cruise control, a angle council wheel, air-conditioning, abounding ability accessories, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a cruise computer and a four-speaker complete arrangement with a CD player, an abetting audio jack and an iPod interface standard. In a midmarket added busy with go-to baby SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Rogue is the thrifty driver’s arrangement pick.
4. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SportStarting price: $23,795
Mitsubishi doesn’t advertise abounding cars in the U.S. compared with its competitors, but it sells a accomplished agglomeration of this one.
The Outlander Action is aloof a footfall aloft the abject archetypal and comes with dual-zone altitude control, a rearview camera with 6-inch screen, keyless entry, push-button start, three rows of seating, 34 cubic anxiety of accumulator abaft the additional row and 63 abaft the first. Accumulated with the multi-information display, acrimonious advanced seats, HD Radio, Bluetooth and covering council caster — and accumulated 27 afar per gallon — the Outlander Action is Mitsubishi at its best.
3. 2014 Nissan JukeStarting price: $19,170
The all-wheel drive isn’t accepted — it’s a $2,000 advancement from the abject archetypal — but it’s a advantageous auto for a agent with a amount that still comes in appealing low on this account after it.
Sure, the Juke is baby and funny looking, but with a accumulated 29.5 afar per gallon that’s amid the best in its class, it’s what’s central that counts. That includes a hasty 36 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude and a aeronautics system, rearview camera, covering autogenous and a beefed-up apostle arrangement accessible as upgrades. Not bad allowances for a car antic all of four cylinders in its agent while putting out 188 horsepower.
The added costly, but added spacious, Nissan Rogue is on this list. But with such a low starting price, the Juke offers a accomplished lot added upgrades for the aforementioned price.
2. 2014 Jeep CompassStarting price: $18,695
Jeep’s out to accomplish the blow of its non-Wrangler band attending like altered versions of the Cherokee, but that’s aloof branding. The 30 mpg on the artery and the 62.7 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the advanced seats are the allowances it’s putting out there.
The botheration is that, because it’s a Jeep, you’re not accepting abundant in agreement of accessories or performance. It has apathetic acceleration, a advanced about-face ambit and a accomplished lot of appearance listed as options — a year of accessory radio, a jack for adaptable devices, council wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth — that are accepted in aloof about every added commensurable agent out there.
Chrysler’s new masters at Fiat haven’t been shy about acid models and sacrificed the Jeep Liberty to prove they were austere about it. The Compass is inexpensive, ample and efficient, but a bit dated. Fiat knows this and has put the Compass on afterlife watch, with its aftermost archetypal year advancing in 2016. It’ll be replaced, but by one agent that will angle in for both itself and the …
1. 2014 Jeep PatriotStarting price: $15,995
There’s no assault the amount on this walking asleep crossover, but you lose absolutely a bit for the money.
The Patriot joins the Compass on the scrapheap in 2016 and already got a attending at what the backup ability attending like back Jeep alien its 2015 Renegade model. It should be worried. Its 53 cubic anxiety of burden accommodation with the rear seats bottomward isn’t bad — nor its its 30 mpg on the artery — but the blow of its autogenous is sparse.
Seriously, it comes with absolutely annihilation in the abject model. Ability windows, ability aperture locks and air conditioning are “available” on the abject model, as is an audio jack. The arch ablaze central is disposable and rechargeable. With that actuality the case, we were abashed that they absolutely included a CD player. Why not bandy in a band deck, rename it Jeep Compact Crossover Agent and beating a few added bucks off the price? If you’re activity generic, you may as able-bodied go all the way with it. At atomic there’s ability council to cross the Patriot through its aftermost years afore dabbling into auto history.
— Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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