New cars are expensive. New SUVs are even more expensive. Those are facts, but today, let’s forget the average new car price of over $40,000 and focus on SUVs under $35,000.
It’s the simple fact that makes this the best part of this list: the choice of these SUVs is not an arm and a leg. Look around for a few crossovers under the average transaction price of a new car of around $35,000, and you’ll find a surprising amount of quality. And if you’re the techie type, you’re in luck, as many of these vehicles pack some of the latest and greatest technologies on offer in the entire automotive industry. Here are some of our favorites in that price rage.
Note, however, that while many of these vehicles can start for under $35,000, they don’t stay that way once you pile on options like flashy paint colors and large expanses of glass overhead. But, like most other parts of life, there is still a slight hesitation to get what you want.
NSThere’s a good-looking crossover with in-cabin technology, including a Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistance systems and Apple CarPlay integration.
The available turbocharged 1.5-litre engine provides more than enough power, although the continuously variable transmission sometimes slows down the power delivery. If that’s not frugal enough,, very.
With comfortable leather seating and satin-finish wood-like accents, the interior is a huge upgrade from the CR-Vs of yesteryear. The digital instrument panel packs a lot of information into a small space while remaining legible.
— Chris Pockerte
kia niro hybrid
NSIt may not be the sexiest thing on four wheels, or even the sexiest thing in Kia’s lineup, but the Niro Hybrid is a highly capable little car that delivers amazing mileage. It’s very easy to see real-world fuel economy of 50 mpg in the base Niro Hybrid.
Nero offers frugal transportation without feeling like a penalty box. You can find it fully loaded with luxury and tech features (for an additional cost, of course). and, for the 2020 model year, the NiroFor both its aesthetics and technique.
— Antuan Goodwin
Like all Mazda,Arguably the best handling crossover in its class. The luxurious design and plush interior make it wonderful to live in. The CX-5 will certainly outshine rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape.
The CX-5 has a well-appointed interior, but it lacks in-car technology. The Mazda Connect system is sometimes hard to get used to, but now the 2020 model, which is a nice touch.
– no hall
Boxy and naturally rugged, theHas always been a car riding its wave. The brand-new 2019 model packed promising technology into a familiar package, but for the 2020 model year, Subaru foregoes standard features to pile on the value.
The latest Forester loses its turbocharged engine option, and a CVT is the only transmission available, but standard all-wheel drive is an absolutely strong selling point in this class.
The Forester is just like any other Subaru: comfortable, capable and, most importantly, good value for money.
— Tim Stevens
Why live in 2020 when you could live in 2021? NS, which hits dealers in the spring, picks up a whole host of updates, most of which are borrowed from its slinkier sibling, the two-row . It’s definitely better in the looks department and the Atlas continues to deliver a good value by offering above-average technology and solid build quality.
Of course, there are still drawbacks. While VW has democratized its technology somewhat across the entire lineup, all the cool stuff like a digital cockpit is still locked behind higher, more expensive trims. Don’t forget to spring for all-wheel drive if you think it’s even necessary.
— Andrew Crokey
With a beautiful exterior and interior trimming that looks good for more than its price, this little guy from Gothenburg is one of our favorite SUVs, no matter how much it costs. And yes, its base price is less than our $35,000 range, but even the least expensive XC40 is pretty well equipped.
The cabin is really comfortable and quite spacious considering its size. The Sensus infotainment system certainly looks beautiful, but we found its myriad menus and slow response times disappointing.
Starting with Volvo’s new car subscription service, which means you can get the well-equipped Momentum or R-Design models for $700 per month or $800 per month respectively. That cost includes car insurance and maintenance. It is an all-in-one service.
— Steven Ewing
NSIt seems to have come out of nowhere, mainly because its design doesn’t really speak to the legacy of its fictional nameplate. This may upset some self-appointed purists who think anything with the “Blazer” name should be a body-on-frame truck, but they’ll be missing out on a very cool crossover SUV.
The blazer wears its Camaro-derived look particularly well. Plus, this two-row crossover should appeal to a lot of buyers with its variety of engines, including a 2.5-liter I4, a 2.0-liter turbo I4, and an available 3.6-liter V6 making 308 horsepower. . The Blazer offers solid infotainment, connectivity and advanced safety gear, all in a hefty package that starts at $28,800 before destination charges and options.
— Chris Pockerte
here’s the thing about: It’s less important. Telluride doesn’t go out of its way to blow your mind with wild character lines and body creases. It doesn’t have huge horsepower or insane off-road prowess. It’s beautiful without being screaming. It is well built, well furnished, comfortable as all hell and affordable.
The Telluride looks a lot smaller than you’d expect, given that it has three rows of seats. It’s a proud mid-size SUV, but it’s easy to park, nimble enough to get around even in a notoriously congested city like Los Angeles and fill up with whatever weird ephemeral your lifestyle generates. You have huge amount of cargo space.
— Kyle Hayato
Sure, it’s an odd-looking little thing, but Hyundai’s newThe SUV is one of our favorites in the subcompact class. With its vibrant color palette and love-it-or-hate-it style, it’s definitely meant to make a bold statement compared to other, more traditionally styled crossovers.
But Kona isn’t just a book to be judged by its cover. Inside, there is a wealth of convenience and technical features. And with its optional turbocharged engine, it’s great to drive, too. Hyundai also manufacturesPlucky little corner key, if EV life is more your speed.
— Steven Ewing
The CX-30 is Mazda’s latest small crossover SUV entry that has a lot going for it. It’s stylish, with clean, flowing body lines for a sporty look from the outside, while the interior is truly impressive for the class with luxury-level materials, an effortless layout, and useful space for passengers and cargo. On the technology front, the Mazda Connect infotainment interface is clunkier to use but feature-rich, and safety equipment like adaptive cruise, forward collision warning with auto braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring are all standard .
Being a Mazda, the biggest selling point of the CX-30 is how it drives. Make sure the car is in Sport mode for peepier performance from the 2.5-liter I4 making 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Combine this with an amazingly tuned chassis that offers quick turn-in, composed cornering and strong brakes and you have a crossover that’s a lot of fun to toss around. And it still manages to provide a comfortable and quiet ride for normal driving.
— John Wong
The Hyundai Palisade is a mighty impressive machine for under $35,000. It is big, comfortable and buyers can snag a well equipped SEL model for well below our price range.
No matter the trim, Palisade codes drivers and does their best to ensure that as little turbulence as possible enters the cabin. Road noise disappeared,…