The SUV market is broad, spanning from lower-priced alternatives with smaller body sizes and frugal engines all the way up to ultra-luxurious seven-seaters. For buyers on a budget, there are still several alternatives that won’t break the bank but have the raised ride height and improved cabin space that many desire. We’ve evaluated the cheapest new SUVs to find those that deserve a place on your shortlist.
Even though these SUVs boast high-value price tags, they’re not precluded from our stringent assessments of their performance, build quality, safety/reliability records, or how comfortable they are to drive and be driven in. We’ll also tell you which of the affordable SUVs on the market have available all-wheel-drive, how much cargo they can accommodate with the seats folded down, how long their warranty coverage runs for, and whether you get appealing driver safety aids like blind-spot monitoring. Our rankings will ensure that your hard-earned cash is spent on a well-rounded vehicle.