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15 Best SUVs for Under $30,000 – How to Stretch Your Hard-Earned Dollars the Furthest

15 Best SUVs for Under $30,000 – How to Stretch Your Hard-Earned Dollars the Furthest

Feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of available SUVs to choose from? The last thing you want is to end up with something you dislike for years to come.  For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best SUVs for under $30,000. We’ll include a brief explanation of the model, review several standard features, and provide a few of the main pros and cons. We’ll also give you a breakdown of their specs, including their performance numbers, fuel economy, and warranties.


 

We’ll break these down into subcompact, compact, and mid-sized SUVs, since, most full-sized SUVs are outside the range of $30,000. We’ll end each model with an official CashCarBuyers rating (CCB rating). Which takes thinks like performance, styling, value, and price into consideration.

 

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Best Subcompact SUVs for Under $30,000 

 

Mazda CX-30 – (Standard MSRP Range: $21,900 – $29,600)

Introducing the Mazda CX-30, a premium subcompact packing a massive amount of value. At first glance, you might notice some similarities between it and the Mazda 3 (which it shares a platform with). The main difference is that the CX-30 has higher ground clearance, making it more “SUV-ish” than the 3. The SUV design also means more available storage space, which sits at 20.2 cupid feet with the rear seats in the upright position.

 

While there’s only a single engine choice, a 2.5-liter inline-four, it puts out an impressive 186-hp, carrying it from 0-60mph in just 6.8 seconds. Pair that with the 6-speed electronic sport transmission, and you’ve got yourself a pretty peppy daily driver.

 

Gone are the days where smaller vehicles lacked in options. The CX-30 offers a plethora of high-end available options. Including a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. As well as a rearview camera, lane-keep assist, and a lane-departure warning system.

 

Standard Features

  • 0” gauge cluster display
  • LED headlights
  • 0” infotainment screen
  • Lane-keep assist

 

Pros

  • High-end styling inside and out
  • Sporty handling and top-notch ride quality
  • Soft and luxurious leather-appointed seating
  • Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive

 

Cons

  • No hybrid variant
  • Mediocre Fuel Economy compared to other subcompacts
  • Single engine option might not be potent enough for some
  • No available touch-screen

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 186
  • Torque: 186
  • Fuel Economy: 24 City/33 Highway
  • Tow Capacity: 1,500-lb
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 9.2

 

Kia Soul – (Standard MSRP Range: $17,490 – $28,765)

Remember when the Scion XB first hit the market back in 2002? Where it failed, the Kia Soul succeeded. The 2020 model takes things a step further, offering a much-needed bit of refinement without straying too far from its groovy roots.  While it does fall into our subcompact “SUV” category, it’s very much a car at heart, mostly due to the low ground clearance and lack of AWD.

 

Under the hood, you’ll find two capable engines, including a base 2.0-liter inline-four on the LX, S, X-line, and EX.  For the adrenaline junkies out there, the GT-line trim offers an available 1.6-liter I-4 boasting 201-hp. Yes, a 6-speed manual transmission still comes standard. If you’d prefer an automatic, you’ll have to decide between either a CVT or a new, dual-clutch i-VT 7-speed.

 

While the previous iteration lacked as far as options, the 2020 model does not disappoint.  These include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and LED accent lights that pulses to the beat of your music. As well as an available 10.25” HD touch-screen offering a unique split-screen experience for both the driver and passenger to enjoy.

 

Standard Features

  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Rearview camera
  • 0” color touch-screen

 

Pros

  • CVT transmission makes for an exceptionally smooth experience
  • Iconic “boxy” design will turn heads
  • Above-average storage capacity
  • Comfortable seating surfaces

 

Cons

  • Lacks in off-road capability
  • Above-average road noise
  • Thick pillars make visibility rather poor
  • Interior quality is on the low-side

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 147-201
  • Torque: 132-195
  • Fuel Economy: 25-29 City/31-35 Highway (127/101 MPGe on Soul Electric)
  • Tow Capacity: 1,200-lb
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 10-Year/100,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.2

 

Honda HR-V – (Standard MSRP Range: $20,820 – $28,890)

Want to own a Honda but need something more substantial than a Civic or Accord? Look no further than the HR-V, the younger sibling to the popular CR-V compact SUV. If you did not already know, HR-V stands for Hybrid Recreational Vehicle. While the “H” doesn’t actually mean it is available as a hybrid (sadly, only in Malaysia) – it is, in fact, remarkably versatile. Not much has changed year over year since it first hit US shores back in 2016, but it has continued to impress.

 

Where it falls short is its powertrain, which offers a measly 141-hp. If you’re not a speed demon, though, but want something that looks sleek and will last a long time, the HR-V is it.  Its strong-point, is in the quality of its ride, thanks to having a well-tuned suspension and responsive steering.

 

Upgrade to the EX, and you’ll have access to the Honda Sensing System. An all-encompassing suite of safety features usually not found on subcompacts. These include a collision mitigation braking system, lane-keep assist, and lane departure warning. As well as adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert.

 

Standard Features

  • Magic-Seat folding second-row
  • 5” Display
  • Rearview camera
  • 17” silver-painted alloys

 

Pros

  • Comfortable second-row with a generous amount of room
  • An expansive amount of cargo space (58.8 cubic feet with the seats down flat)
  • Visibility is above-average

 

Cons

  • Single engine option is rather dull
  • Road-noise is above-average
  • Dated, complicated touch-screen

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 141
  • Torque: 127
  • Fuel Economy: 26-28 City/31-34 Highway
  • Tow Capacity: 1,100-lb
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.5

 

Toyota C-HR – (Standard MSRP Range: $21,295 – $27,470)

A few years back, Toyota began a push to appeal to a younger crowd – well, it has finally paid off. Say hello to the C-HR, a fun, unique new-comer that’s sure to excite thanks to its modern exterior styling and suite of standard features. If you didn’t know, C-HR stands for Compact High Rider, which is a fancy way of saying it’s a compact SUV.

 

While the one available engine might lack as far as power, the tight, sporty handling more than makes up for it.  But it’s not just about cornering like a wild person, it’s also about the ride-quality, which the C-HR delivers on spectacularly. Then there’s the styling. Which, we’re proud to say is stunning. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The interior also impresses, whether opting for the base SE, or the top-tier Ultimate.

 

Regardless of the trim, Toyota Safety Sense comes standard.  This includes a pre-collision braking system, and a full-speed dynamic radar cruise control system. As well as a lane-departure alert system with steering assist.

 

Standard Features

  • CVT transmission with simulated manual mode
  • 0” touch-screen with backup camera
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Amazon Alexa
  • LED headlights
  • Toyota Safety Sense system

 

Pros

  • Fun, modern exterior styling
  • Heavy on standard features
  • It’s a Toyota
  • Sporty handling around town

 

Cons

  • Only available in front-wheel-drive configuration
  • Single engine option is remarkably sluggish
  • Above-average Road noise
  • Lacks in second-row legroom and rear cargo space

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 144
  • Torque: 139
  • Tow Capacity: 1,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 27 City/31 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.9

 

Hyundai Kona – (Standard MSRP Range: $20,300 – $29,350)

Hyundai has made enormous strides over the last decade or so. Creating high-value vehicles that are consistently ranked among the best. Meet the Kona, a South Korean over-achiever that packs a massive amount of value. If you don’t mind a tight back seat, below-average cargo space, and an interior with a lot of plastic, then the pros far outweigh the cons.

 

There’s a Kona for everyone, thanks to having 5 different trim levels, 2 engine options, and the choice between FWD and AWD. Regardless, even with the fully-loaded “Ultimate,” you’re still under $30,000. If adrenaline fuels your soul, the base 2.0 4-cylinder is best avoided. Thankfully, the top-tier 1.6-liter Turbo more than delivers. As far as transmissions, the base model is paired with a 6-speed automatic. But there’s also a 7-speed dual-clutch available on the Ultimate.

 

With a spread of less than $10,000, we personally find the Ultimate to be the best bang for the buck. Though, even the base SE has plenty of standard goodies. The available features list is extensive. These include a surround-view monitor and heated and ventilated seats. As well as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot collision alert.

 

Standard Features

  • 0” color touch-screen
  • Lane-keep and forward collision-avoidance assist
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

 

Pros

  • Available in both front-wheel and AWD configurations
  • The upgraded engine is surprisingly agile
  • Fun, sporty handling thanks to multilink suspension

 

Cons

  • Cramped rear seats and limited cargo space
  • Plastic-heavy interior
  • A rather dull base engine

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 147-175
  • Torque: 132-195
  • Tow Capacity: 1,300-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 26-28 City/29-33 Highway (132/108 MPGe on Kona Electric)
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 10-Year/100,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.3

 

Best Compact SUVs for Under $30,000

 

Ford Escape – (Standard MSRP Range: $24,885 – $38,080)

Few SUVs have built as loyal a following as the Ford Escape, which first showed up back in 2000 as a 2001 model year. The 2020 redesign is no joke, boasting one of the best exterior designs we’ve ever seen in the compact SUV class.  Gone are the days where the Escape was solely a practical daily driver, now it’s packed with a massive assortment of different fancy tech features.

 

However, these also make the top-tier price a pretty penny more than $30,000, best stick with the SEL package or below to keep it in the range.  Regardless, you still get the entire lineup of options offered by the standard CoPilot360safety suite.

 

Also, in this range is the Escape Hybrid, which boasts an impressive 44 mpg in the city.  Whichever package suits you best, you’ll end up with a coveted EcoBoost engine, even on the base S model.

 

Standard Features

  • CoPilot360 safety suite
  • SYNC hands-free Bluetooth
  • Rearview camera

 

Pros

  • Fully redesigned for 2020 model year
  • 8” ground clearance makes it off-road capable
  • Three engine choices (including Escape Hybrid)

 

Cons

  • Front windshield design limits visibility
  • Ride-quality leaves much to be desired compared to some competitors
  • Below-average interior quality

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 181-250
  • Torque: 190-275
  • Tow Capacity: 3,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 23-27 City/31-33 Highway (44/37 MPG on Escape Hybrid)
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.7

 

Jeep Compass – (Standard MSRP Range: $22,105 – $31,900)

Thanks to a full redesign back in 2017, the Jeep compass of today is a fantastic choice in the compact SUV class. Gone are the generic body lines signaling someone was driving a rental car.  Now, you’d have to take a second glance to realize it’s not a Range Rover Evoque. Not bad when you consider it’s only a fraction of the cost.

 

With a budget of $30,000, each of the available 5 trim levels is within reach, other than the High Altitude, but with rebates, you should still be in range. Even the off-road capable Trailhawk starts at just $29,850 before incentives.

 

So, while pricing is not the issue, what is? Our only real complaint is the lack of a turbocharged engine. While the 2.4-liter does put out a rather modest 180hp, it likely won’t be enough to excite most. Other than that, features like the available full-length sunroof and 8.4” display should make for a pretty exciting experience.

 

Standard Features

  • Automatic climate control
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 0” touch-screen display

 

Pros

  • Great value for the dollar amount
  • It’s a Jeep, so it’s more than capable off-road
  • Uconnect infotainment is responsive and easy to use

 

Cons

  • The single available engine will disappoint most in terms of power
  • Fuel economy is unimpressive compared to similar models in its class
  • Low interior quality

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 180
  • Torque: 175
  • Tow Capacity: 2,000-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 22-23 City/30-32 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

 

CCB Rating: 8.3

 

Mazda CX-5 – (Standard MSRP Range: $25,190 – $37,155)

Another Mazda on our list of best SUVs for under $30,000, the CX-5.  With its standard 7.0” touch-screen, LED headlights, and i-Activsense safety features, the first two trim levels offer a ton of value.  Beyond that, and you start to exceed the range, especially on the top two tiers, where AWD comes standard, which drives the price up by $1,400.

 

For the $30,000 range, you’re left with just a single engine option, but thankfully, it should be more than enough pep for most. Other standard features include 6-way power seats on both the driver and passenger side. As well as dual-zone automatic climate control and a rearview camera.

 

Our favorite thing about the CX-5 (other than it’s elegant styling) is the high-end touches in the interior. These include a leather-wrapped gear shifter and steering wheel, and a large touch-screen. Not only that, but the ride quality is fantastic, offering little road-noise even at highway speeds.

 

Standard Features

  • i-Activsense safety suite
  • LED headlights
  • 0” touch-screen display

 

Pros

  • 5 available trim levels offer value for every budget
  • The cabin is quiet even at highway speeds
  • Refined high-end interior

 

Cons

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t standard
  • The standard engine is rather lackluster
  • Top 2 trim levels only available with AWD

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 187-250
  • Torque: 186-320
  • Tow Capacity: 2,000-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 22-25 City/27-31 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.5

 

Honda CR-V – (Standard MSRP Range: $25,050 – $34,750)

Thanks to a redesign back in 2017, the CR-V has seen impressive sales numbers ever since.  The only issue was the base engine, a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that had been around for ages. It was a great engine – it was just dated.  Honda fixed this small issue with the 2020 model by putting a turbocharged 1.5-liter under the hood as standard.

 

While the 5.0” center LCD screen is smaller than most competitors, the standard Honda Sensing system more than makes up for it. This means that even on the base LX, you still get lane-keep assist with braking and steering assist. As well as adaptive cruise control, not too shabby for $25,050.

 

The negatives are few and far between. These consist of an overly complicated touch-screen, low towing capabilities, and subpar road-noise. If you can look past those, then you’ve got yourself a top contender for the best compact SUV for under $30,000. Did we mention it’s also one of the only compact SUVs offering a 3rd-row seat?

 

Standard Features

  • Automatic climate control
  • 0” LCD screen with Bluetooth
  • Honda Sensing safety system

 

Pros

  • The standard engine is efficient and peppy
  • Practical body lines offer clear visibility
  • Plenty of passenger and storage space

 

Cons

  • Complicated touch-screen
  • A bit more road noise than most would like
  • Below average towing capabilities for its class

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 190
  • Torque: 179
  • Tow Capacity: 1,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 27-28 City/32-34 Highway (40/35 MPG on CR-V Hybrid)
  • Seating: Up to 7
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.9

 

Toyota RAV4 – (Standard MSRP Range: $25,950 – $35,880)

Oh look, another Toyota – surprised? We’re not, Toyota is known for producing some of the best cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road, and the 2020 RAV4 is no exception.  The first three trim levels, the LE, XLE, and XLE Premium, all start under $30,000 and pack feature a plethora of standard equipment.

 

Some of these include LED headlights, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.  As well as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which features a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. As well as full-speed dynamic cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beams, and road sign assist.

 

Our only gripe is the lack of available engines. While the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is sufficient, it doesn’t overly impress.  However, there’s also a hybrid variant, which is still under $30,000 on both the LE and XLE trim packages. Toyota shows how confident they are in their hybrid components by backing them up with a substantial 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

 

Standard Features

  • Multi-LED headlights
  • Toyota Safety Sense safety tech
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa

 

Pros

  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Available in 2 off-road trims
  • Excellent ride quality for a compact SUV

 

Cons

  • Engine noise can be excessive when on the throttle
  • Single engine choice is rather boring
  • Cramped driver area

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 203
  • Torque: 184
  • Tow Capacity: 3,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 25-28 City/32-35 Highway (41/38 MPG on RAV4 Hybrid)
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.7

 

Best Mid-sized SUVs for Under $30,000

 

Kia Sorento – (Standard MSRP Range: $26,990 – $41,890)

The first mid-sized SUV on our list will set the bar for something that’s to be expected. What’s that? Well, if you’re shopping for a mid-sized SUV with a budget of under $30,000, your options will be limited. Thankfully, the Kia Sorento also sets the bar high in terms of quality and value.

 

Not only does it come standard with both a 7.0” touch-screen and rearview camera, but it’s also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. It also carries some of the best coverage across all major competitors. A 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

 

While you’re limited to either the L or LX trim, neither will disappoint.  We really don’t have any negatives to point out, other than a cramped 3rd-row and somewhat dull exterior styling.

Standard Features

  • 0” touch-screen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview camera

 

Pros

  • Above-average ride quality
  • Base L trim comes standard with an assortment of options
  • Kia Warranty is unrivaled

 

Cons

  • 3rd-row is rather cramped
  • Not the sportiest model around
  • Even the upgraded V6 is a little boring

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 185-290
  • Torque: 178-252
  • Tow Capacity: 5,000-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 18-22 City/24-29 Highway
  • Seating: 7
  • Basic Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 10-Year/100,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.5

 

Hyundai Santa Fe – (Standard MSRP Range: $25,900 – $39,200)

Remember when the thought of owning a Hyundai meant settling for something subpar? As we mentioned earlier with the Kona, Hyundai has really stepped up their game over the last few years, and the Santa Fe does not disappoint either.

 

It’s packed with standard tech features, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane-keep assist, and a 7.0” touch-screen. It also has plenty of storage and passenger space. Our only real issues are the underwhelming base engine and it not having a 3rd-row. If neither of those matter to you, then you’ll definitely want to add this to your list.

 

Sadly, with a budget of under $30,000 and a usual lack of incentives, your options will only include the base SE and upgraded SEL trims. Thankfully, if you do step up to the SEL, you’ll get heated 8-way power seats and push-button start.

 

Standard Features

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 0” touch-screen
  • Lane-keep assist and forward-collision avoidance

 

Pros

  • Interior quality is above-average
  • AWD available on all trim levels
  • Comes standard with many safety features

 

Cons

  • No 3rd-row option
  • The base 2.4-liter engine isn’t very satisfying
  • Rear visibility affected by wide pillars

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 185-235
  • Torque: 178-260
  • Tow Capacity: 3,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 20-22 City/26-29 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 10-Year/100,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.3

 

Chevrolet Blazer – (Standard MSRP Range: $29,995 – $45,600)

Here’s the first Chevy to bless our list of top SUVs for Under $30,000, the all-new Blazer. Just one look at the exterior and you’ll agree, the design is fantastic. If you remember the old blazer (known as the Trailblazer), it featured a super heavy unibody design, which made it ride like a truck.  The new Blazer, however, rides more like a car, which we thoroughly enjoy.

 

It also comes standard with a 9-speed transmission and an 8.0” touch-screen, making it an exceptional value.  However, with a budget of $30,000, you’re limited to the base L trim, though, depending on the current incentives you might be able to snag a 1LT within that range.

 

We really don’t have much to critique, other than a dull entry-level engine. Regardless, if you’re ok with cloth seats and no sunroof, this is absolutely an option to consider.

 

Standard Features

  • 18” bright silver aluminum wheels
  • 0” touch-screen
  • 9-speed transmission

 

Pros

  • Exterior design is extremely sporty
  • Interior noise-canceling tech works well
  • Great visibility

 

Cons

  • The only trim package under $30,000 is the L
  • Base 2.5-liter is lackluster
  • Not all safety features available on entry trim

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 193-308
  • Torque: 188-270
  • Tow Capacity: 4,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 18-21 City/25-28 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.2

 

Jeep Wrangler – (Standard MSRP Range: $28,295 – $46,880)

Whether you’re after 2- or 4-doors, the legendary off-road inspired Wrangler, is still available under $30,000. However, the only way to stay within this budget with a 4-door is to settle for the base Sport trim. Which, is lacking, as far as interior options go.

 

Remember, the Wrangler is designed for off-road enthusiasts, so a lot its cost goes into making it capable on the trail. If you’re after something a bit more refined, you might want to look elsewhere. They also tend to lack as far as rebates, which are rarely offered. Thankfully, this also helps secure their exceptional resale value.

 

2018 was a big year for the Wrangler, which saw the release of a full redesign.  This meant a new exterior (though, still similar to the previous iteration), a plush modern interior, and finally, an update to the powertrain.

 

Standard Features

  • 8-speed transmission
  • 6-liter V6 or 2.0-liter Turbo
  • 0” touch-screen

 

Pros

  • Available in both 2- and 4-door configurations
  • Standard V6 offers plenty of power
  • Unrivaled off-road capabilities

 

Cons

  • Wind-noise can be distracting
  • Less refined driving experience compared to rivals
  • Single 4-door trim level for under $30,000

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 260-285
  • Torque: 260-442
  • Tow Capacity: 3,500-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 17-21 City/23-25 Highway
  • Seating: 5
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 8.1

 

Dodge Journey – (Standard MSRP Range: $23,495 – $28,595)

Ok, let’s get this out of the way first – the Dodge Journey is a bit of a dud.  It hasn’t much changed at all since it first arrived in 2009 (other than a mild interior refresh). Its fuel economy numbers are low, its architecture is dated, and the powertrain is severely lacking. The main reason it’s on our list of best SUVs you can buy for under $30,000 – is the price.

 

That’s right, it features the lowest entry (as well at top-end) price in its segment.  Not only that, but rebates tend to hover in the $2,500 to $5,000 range, meaning you can usually get into a base SE for around $18,000.

 

The Journey also comes standard with seating for up to 7, so if you’re after an ultra-affordable family-hauler, it’s not a bad option.  Step up to the Crossroad trim with the 8.4” touch-screen, and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent mid-sized SUV in terms of value.

 

Standard Features

  • Rear parking sensors
  • 3” touch-screen
  • 7 seats

 

Pros

  • 4” Uconnect touch-screen available on Crossroad trim for under $30,000
  • Cargo room is above average
  • The final price is significantly less than other mid-sized SUVs

 

Cons

  • Lacks many safety and convenience features offered by rivals
  • Only available engine is disappointing
  • Fuel-economy is below-average

 

Specs

  • Horsepower: 172
  • Torque: 165
  • Tow Capacity: 1,000-lb
  • Fuel Economy: 19 City/25 Highway
  • Seating: 7
  • Basic Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5-Year/60,000-mile

 

CCB Rating: 7.5

 

Thanks for Reading our List of the 15 Best SUVs for Under $30,000

You should now have everything you need to make an educated buying decision.  Be sure to check out our other model reviews to ensure you’re fully prepared for your next purchase.