Which is the most affordable SUV in the market? The market for SUVs is growing at a rapid rate. And with new designs always being introduced, manufacturers are trying to keep prices low so that they can improve their chances of attracting consumers and beating their competitors. That's good news for buyers on a tight budget because they have many choices at their table.
2018 Toyota C-HR
With a base price of $22,500, the 2018 Toyota CH-R is one of the most affordable SUVs in the market. It has an eye-catching style that makes it stand out from the rest of the subcompact crossovers. It also comes with a number of standard features that appeal to many buyers. However the SUV has a lackluster engine and dated tech options, it's not as well rounded as the class leaders.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is making a very strong push in the crossover and SUV segment. The Japanese automaker seems to be concentrating very much on those segments for the coming years. The Outlander is known as the Mitsubishi RVR in Canada and has a starting price of $19,998, while in the United States, it has a $19,795 as a base price.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has recently been updated for the 2018 model year with new exterior and interior features. The trims will be available in dealership very soon. That means that the dealers will be willing to slash the prices to get rid of the remaining 2017 units. While we won't be able to get our hands on the refreshed model for a few months, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a smooth-running engine, budget-friendly pricing, and responsive paddle shifters. Except for its sluggish acceleration, an unsatisfactory steering, and a small interior volume, it happens to be a great vehicle.
2018 Honda HR-V
The 2018 Honda HR-V compact crossover is priced from $19,465 in the United States and $21,150 in Canada. It comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brakes with an automatic braking system, a rearview camera with guidelines, an infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and Pandora support. It has an expandable cargo space, good fuel economy, and a lane watch camera; however, the power and driving engagement is unsatisfying.
2018 Kia Soul
The 2018 Kia Soul is currently the crossover you can get your hands on at a lower price, starting from $16,100 in the United States and $17,395 in Canada. The boxy SUV is arguably Kia's most iconic model, filling a gap that was left behind by the Scion xB and the Nissan Cube that was discounted. The Kia has some sporty driving dynamics and a premium interior, but its engine noise simply sucks. The good news about this crossover is that buyers will be able to pay a little more for a turbocharged engine featuring a 201-hp and 195 lb-ft turning power.
Mazda has been impressing in the industry with its latest models in the recent years, especially in the SUV and crossover segment. The compact Mazda CX-3 is probably one of the least expensive crossovers, with $19,960 as its starting price in the United States and $20,695 in Canada. This is a good deal because once you get your hands on it, you will be impressed. Mazda CX-3 has an acceptable handling, comfort, and efficiency, with a minimum power and cargo space.
2018 Jeep Patriot
With an $18,040 base price, the 2018 Jeep Patriot seats at the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. What stands out about this SUV is its affordable cost of entry. It offers a below average performance, safety, interior comfort- quality, and reliability but buyers who venture off the road might be pleasantly surprised by its all-terrain capabilities. In spite of that, the Patriot has an easy clean interior which suits a camping trip or an after vacation nicely.
2018 Nissan Juke
If you are a fan of the Nissan Juke's funky styling, you should take a quick action because the crossover's production will be discontinued in North America after entering the market in 2010. The 2018 Nissan Juke is priced from $20,250 in the United States and $20,698 in Canada; thus, it presents a good chance to run away with a good deal. The Juke drives on all-wheel-drive and has a good performance and engine power with an acceptable continuous variable transmission.