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These Are The 10 Best SUVs Under $30,000 – HotCars

by Nov 6, 2022Blog0 comments

The world’s love for SUVs doesn’t look like it’ll wan anytime soon, and if you’ve also caught the bug, here are some great examples for under $30k.
The world has gone Sports Utility Vehicle crazy. The appeal of cruising around in a high-riding, super comfortable, and very stylish SUV far outweighs that of other cars. Where sedans were once the backbone of the car market, they are now a boring memory of the past. Families may have eagerly craved German sports sedans in the early 2000s, but times have changed. It's now all about the SUV.
The market has become flooded with options. If you want a chic style statement the Range Rover Evoque is ideal. Those seeking ultimate high-speed thrills could simply plump for an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrofoglio. Where SUVs are concerned, depending on budget and needs, there is a vehicle to tick all boxes.
Yet it is the lower end of the marketplace that remains the most competitive, and exciting. With manufacturers trying to entice buyers into their driver's seats. Those looking to buy a budget ride can become a little bewildered. But there is no need to get lost in a forest of choices, as these are the 10 best SUVs under $30,000.
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One of the most exciting vehicles on this list. The Ford Bronco Sport comes from a strong off-roading lineage. With all models coming as standard with all-wheel-drive. In the Base specification, the Bronco Sport gets an impressive features list and a peppy drivetrain.
Driven through an 8-speed automatic, the turbocharged 1.5-liter Ecoboost engine makes 181hp. This allows for a 0-60mph dash of 8.1 seconds. It will also deliver 28mpg on the highway. Comfortable, capable, and very fuel efficient. The Bronco Sport is a great SUV.
In base SE trim the Hyundai Tucson still comes with plenty of tempting equipment. Touches like LED headlights, wireless connectivity, and an 8-inch color display. Luggage space is exceptional, and passenger comfort is high. It makes for a decent off-roader with its 4×4 system.
Powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Tuscon makes 187hp. The highway economy is expected to be around 33mpg. The Tucson can hit 60mph in a respectable 8.8 seconds. Well-built, smartly appointed, and very good to drive the Tucson SE is a great family hauler.
Beneath the hood, the entry-level Buick Encore GX gets a 1.2-liter Ecotec engine. A 3-cylinder unit generating 137hp. Aimed at more economy focussed drivers, it returns 31mpg on the highway. With 162 lb/ft of torque on tap, the Encore GX is well suited to city driving.
Stylishly designed, the Encore GX is brimming with equipment. Additional equipment can also be specified, with the price still staying under the $30,000 mark. The smallest Buick on the market, the Encore GX is a great commuter vehicle that won't drain a pocket.
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Even at the basic trim levels, the Mazda CX50 impresses. Its 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine pumps out 187hp. This allows for a 0-60mph sprint time of 8.6 seconds. A class act, the CX50 drives superbly on and off the highway. The 4×4 system provides plenty of grip.
Wonderfully appointed the interior is very comfortable. Equipment levels are high. The fit and finish are superb. Able to tackle both the urban jungle and a back road trail. The Mazda CX50 is an excellent choice for those that want an SUV that covers all the bases.
Jeep has been leading the SUV charge for decades. Building dedicated off-roaders that will master the wilderness. The Renegade takes that technology and throws in city street slickness. Compact, well-equipped, and cheap to run. It's a great blend of skills at a great price.
An entry point Renegade Sport gets a 1.3-liter Multiair engine connected to a 9-speed automatic box. This peppy engine delivers 177hp. Despite lacking behind competitors for on-road prowess, the Renegade shines off-road. It'll also hit 60mph in a respectful 9 seconds.
The cheapest car on this list also has the most character. Still a funky ride, the Kia Soul offers a lot for a little. Perfect for an urban lifestyle it offers plenty of space, comfort, and technology. Its 2.0-liter engine also dishes out 147hp and 132 lb/ft of torque via an automatic box.
So keenly priced, moving up through the Kia Soul range doesn't hurt financially. The top specification EX weighs in at $23,390. This model comes loaded with heated seats, a push-button starter, plus a host of driver safety features. Kia does offer great value for money.
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The Trailblazer is marketed as being up for anything. With the LS model being the entry point in the range. This version comes with an economical 1.2-liter turbocharged engine. Its 137hp 3-cylinder unit provides plenty of punch when needed. Whilst returning 33mpg.
Both inside and out the Trailblazer looks modern. Despite its smaller size, there is also plenty of space on offer. Equipment levels are decent, and it's a joy to use daily. Available with all-wheel-drive, the Chevy Trailblazer will also tackle light trails. It's a decent all-rounder.
The Honda CRV was around well before SUVs were fashionable. And this latest version is the best yet. The base LX gets a raft of tasty standard equipment, offers plenty of interior space, and has rock-solid reliability. All of this offered well below the $30,000 price tag.
Under the hood is a potent 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 190hp. Fitted with the Honda Sensing suite driver safety is enhanced. Lane assist, anti-collision braking, and adaptive cruise are all included. The Honda CRV is a brilliant family-orientated SUV, that looks great.
Remaining at the forefront where AWD vehicles are concerned, Subaru is legendary. They have offered rugged, dependable vehicles for decades. And the Crosstrek is no exception. The Base trim delivers exceptional value. Giving a very capable, comfortable vehicle.
Coming with a 2.0-liter, 152hp engine the Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. A little less equipped than rivals inside, the Crosstrek delivers its best off-road. Able to venture well off the beaten track. A Crosstrek will leave the majority of SUVs stuck in the mud.
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A mid-size SUV, the Nissan Rogue boasts excellent fuel economy. The FWD Rogue S model comes with a 1.5-liter engine capable of 37mpg. This 3-cylinder unit pumps out an impressive 201hp. It will also scamper to 60mph in 7.5 seconds. All very impressive numbers.
On the road, the Rogue is rewarding to drive. A healthy 225 lb/ft of torque provides plenty of punch. The interior is well-finished and suitably equipped. The Rogue also offers plenty of passenger and luggage space. It's an excellent SUV that will serve owners well.
Having cut his teeth on the UK street racing scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s RJ faded from the limelight only to return 20 years later. An avid motoring enthusiast RJ especially enjoys JDM and Italian cars, and is an experienced multi-industry writer.