It’s that time again, sweater weather is upon us. You know what that means in the auto universe. You’ve been sitting on the edge of your seats, waiting for the details to emerge on all next year’s models. Particularly when it comes to new SUVs and crossovers, which have shot through the roof in popularity. This is why, without further ado, we bring you our top 5 most affordable 2018 SUVs.
Number 5: The 2018 Ford Escape, starting MSRP $23,850*
Ford aficionados enjoyed last year’s updates and in 2018 have a new trim level to consider, the Ford Escape SEL. This crossover from Ford holds its own in spirited driving and cornering, while offering class-leading cargo space for hauling, along with robust safety, technology, and convenience features. Have you driven a Ford lately? If not, AutoNation Ford can set you up with a test-drive of one of the latest Ford models.
Number 4: The 2018 Hyundai Tucson, starting at MSRP $22,700*
For those who value simplicity over ostentation in their SUV, and who place more importance on utility than sportiness, the number 4 spot of our top 5 most affordable 2018 SUVs is the Hyundai Tucson. Throw in an undeniably great warranty and the Tucson has the hypnotizing quality of a shiny object—but one that delivers. It’s larger than life with an understated elegance and intuitive controls at the helm. We agree with Hyundai that driving is believing, and on that note, you can line up a test drive at your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership.
Number 3: The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport, starting MSRP $21,420*
The debut of the Nissan Rogue Sport made a big splash last year and we expect more of the same from the 2018 model. The Rogue Sport is like one of those deceptively small on the outside houses you’ve entered to eventually come to the conclusion that “it’s so much bigger than it looks on the outside.” Indeed, there are 39.6 inches of head space up front and 42.8 inches of leg room. Maximum cargo length with the second-row folded down is 62.3 cubic feet. Changes from 2017-2018 are not many, with the exception of a boatload of safety features becoming standard. Built for the human race, for sure.
Number 2: The 2018 Mazda CX-3, starting MSRP $20,110*
Guess who will presumably enjoy driving the 2018 Mazda CX-3? People who like to have fun on the road. Don’t let its pint size fool you, this subcompact crossover is anything but small when on the road. Its bold, spirited drive is in part due to a new G-Vectoring Control System and upgraded suspension—the end result is more precise handling and ridiculous cornering control. Zoom-zoom.
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And the #1 spot in our top 5 most affordable 2018 SUVs belongs to ….
Number 1: The 2018 Honda HR-V, starting MSRP $19,465
You know and we know you can’t go wrong with Honda. The entry-level subcompact crossover HR-V is as good a Honda as any, and outstanding fuel economy and cargo space are big wins in the utility department. Thanks to the inventive Magic Seat, drivers can haul tall and long items as well as some serious cargo with 58.8 cubic feet. To this we say, thank you Honda—we now believe in magic.
Just off the Top 5 Most Affordable 2018 SUVs List is a strong contender for Number 6. With a starting MSRP of $24,410*, it should be mentioned that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This is because when you consider that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 won numerous awards and accolades— we see no reason why the 2018 won’t continue to do the same; a few of this devastatingly popular compact SUVs achievements include: The 2017 RAV4 received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating1 and the hybrid model was named Best Hybrid SUV for the Money2 by US News & World Report.
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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
1 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program www.safercar.gov.
2 View US News Best Cars