Best SUVs for the Money
The best SUVs for the money are ranked based on an analysis of their price and potential lifespan, with the top-ranked models representing SUVs offering the longest life at the lowest price per 1,000 miles.
How We Rank These Cars
The Best SUVs for the Money list is ranked by the price per 1,000 miles of use for each vehicle based on how many miles the car can last.
iSeeCars analyzed over 2 million cars to determine how many miles each car can potentially last. Then we calculated the price per 1,000 miles of lifespan based on the average new car price of each vehicle. In the event two or more vehicles have the same price per 1k miles, we use iSeeCars proprietary rating of the overall quality of the car (iSeeCars Score) to break the tie.
The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.
Vehicles are scored in three categories:
Reliability | 33.3%
The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.
Value Retention | 33.3%
The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.
Safety | 33.3%
The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).