The SUV craze has swept the nation with many consumers abandoning sedans for vehicles that provide more cargo room and all-weather driving capabilities. Whether you want a small SUV or a spacious three-row family hauler, there’s an SUV out there to meet your needs.
Just as these vehicles come in various sizes, there are SUVs across a wide range of price points. We’ve narrowed the list to bring you the best SUVs under $30,000 based on long-term reliability and safety. (Be sure to check out our other pricing-based guides for the Best Used SUVs under $25,000 and the Best Used SUVs under $20,000.)
|Best Used SUVs Under $30,000|
|Rank||SUV||% 200K Miles||NHTSA Safety Rating (Out of 5)||Average Used Car Price|
|1||2015 Ford Expedition||5.2%||5.0||$24,233|
|2||2015 Chevrolet Suburban||4.9%||4.0||$29,191|
|3||2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid||4.2%||5.0||$26,753|
|4||2015 Toyota 4Runner||3.9%||4.0||$26,781|
|5||2015 Lincoln Navigator||2.6%||5.0||$26,789|
|6||2017 Honda Pilot||2.4%||4.8||$28,292|
|7||2015 Acura MDX||1.6%||5.0||$21,509|
|8||2017 Toyota Highlander||1.3%||5.0||$28,456|
|9||2017 Dodge Durango||1.3%||4.0||$26,664|
|10||2017 Honda CR-V||1.1%||4.8||$22,634|
|11||2017 Hyundai Santa Fe||1.0%||5.0||$21,943|
|Average for All SUVs||0.9%|
The longest-lasting used SUV for under $30,000 is the 2015 Ford Expedition full-size SUV. It has a powerful V8 engine and a 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity, which is above-average for comparable truck-based SUVs. It’s a practical and reliable family hauler for those who require a lot of cargo and passenger room as one of the lowest cost full-size SUVs on the market. The Expedition’s rear seats fold easily into the floor to expand its cargo space, and its third row seats are spacious enough to seat adults. A 2015 Ford Expedition for sale can be found for an average of $24,233.
Another American full-size SUV ranks second, the Chevrolet Suburban coming in at just under $30,000. Despite being one of the largest SUVs available, it provides suitable fuel economy for its class with an EPA-estimated 15/22 mpg city/highway for its four-wheel drive version. The redesigned 2015 used Chevy Suburban provides seating for up to nine with a spacious third row. The Suburban comes with a list of standard features including a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, power adjustable front seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and tri-zone automatic climate control. A 2015 used Chevrolet Suburban slides just under $30,000 at $29,181.
The first two are versions of the Toyota Highlander from different model years: the third-ranked 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and its gasoline equivalent, the eighth-ranked 2015 Toyota Highlander. The popular midsize crossover is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive (AWD), and offers three spacious rows of seating. Features such as a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel can be found on its top platinum trim.
Ranked fourth is the 2015 Toyota 4Runner, a rugged truck-based midsize SUV known for its off-road capabilities and towing capacity. A 2017 Toyota Highlander for sale costs an average of $28,456 while a 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for sale costs an average of $26,753. A 2015 used Toyota 4Runner costs an average of $26,781
The luxury equivalent of the top-ranked Ford Expedition, the Lincoln Navigator, ranks fifth. Known for its spacious interior, the Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV comes standard with a power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, forward-and-reverse sensing systems, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. A 2015 Lincoln Navigator for sale costs an average of $26,789.
Another Honda SUV, the 2017 Honda CR-V compact SUV, also makes the list in the tenth spot. The small SUV, which was redesigned in 2017 to include new exterior styling and a new turbo four-cylinder engine option. The fuel-efficient 2017 CR-V comes standard with a rearview camera, a 5-inch infotainment screen, and automatic climate control. Available features on higher trims include a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system and advanced safety features such as lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
A brawny midsize SUV, the Dodge Durango, ranks ninth. The midsize Dodge Durango offers two or three rows of seating with an abundance of cargo and passenger room. It is available with two powertrain options: a 293-horsepower V6 engine or a 360-horsepower V8 hemi. Both engine options provide strong towing capacity. A 2017 Dodge Durango for sale can be found for an average price of $26,664.
The Hyundai Santa Fe from the 2017 model year ranks eleventh. A practical midsize SUV, it’s one of the more affordable vehicles in its class. The Santa Fe comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. A used Hyundai Santa Fe from 2017 costs an average of $21,943.
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