Ranking is based on the base model MSRP. You should be able to negotiate a lower price for the base model. Also, remember if you add additional features, you’ll could pay more.
2009 Kia Sportage — $16,695 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Upon its debut, Kias Sportage compact SUV had Americans who were accustomed to driving big, V8-powered leviathans scratching their heads in disbelief. Four-dollars-per-gallon for gasoline can do a lot to change minds, and 10 years later, the Sportage is a highly desirable commodity.
No longer a scrappy, off-road adventurer, the latest Sportage delivers a vastly better ride than previous models, with improvements in the areas of handling, safety and comfort. Now swimming in a sea of competitors, the Sportage manages to keep its head above water by offering consumers an unbeatable combination of features, low pricing and one the best warranties in the business.
2009 Jeep Patriot — $17,540 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
With roots tracing back to World War Two, no manufacturer is more associated with go-anywhere, do-anything off-road capability than Jeep. Now, more than 60 years after its introduction, the definition of the Jeep brand is expanding.
Unlike previous Jeeps, the Patriot is based on a front-drive, unibody compact car platform that it shares with the Jeep Compass and the Dodge Caliber. Although mechanically similar to those vehicles, the Patriot is designed to be more capable off-road than either the Caliber or Compass.
The all new Patriot plows new ground for the Jeep brand in the compact SUV category. With good fuel economy, boxy Jeep styling and a starting price under $15,000, the Patriot offers an interesting package for people looking for an affordable SUV they can take off road.
2009 Hyundai Tucson — $18,070 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Crossover SUVs are what consumers want, and the compelling new 2005 Hyundai Tucson aims to deliver. Sized to compete with the stalwart Toyota RAV4 as well as newcomers like the Pontiac Vibe, Mitsubishi Outlander and Suzuki Reno, the Tucson is a small crossover SUV based on the Elantra sedan platform that slots in beneath the Santa Fe in the South Korean automaker’s lineup.
2009 Jeep Compass — $18,465 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara — $18,499 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
2009 Mazda Tribute — $19,730 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Mazda Tribute. With the looks and capabilities of an SUV and nearly car-like fuel economy, its no wonder crossover-SUVs are growing in popularity. And one of the first generation of crossovers was the Mazda Tribute, which puts a zoom-zoom spin on the popular Ford Escape.
Nearly identical under the skin to its Ford and Mercury siblings, the Mazda Tribute offers a stylistic alternative inside and out. With good cargo capacity, an SUV-like view of the road and available four-wheel drive, the Tribute gives drivers the features they expect from a modern compact crossover-SUV.
2009 Subaru Forester — $19,995 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Subaru Forester. Rising gas prices are compelling large SUV owners to turn to small crossovers like the Subaru Forester. An agile vehicle built to handle most anything man or nature can throw at it, the third-generation Forester has a contemporary exterior complemented by a spacious interior and a smooth, quiet ride.
With competent four-cylinder Boxer engines and standard all-wheel drive, the Forester offers the capability of an SUV with fuel economy that won’t break the bank. This segment has seen a lot of growth in the last few years, but the Forester can go places the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Saturn VUE and Nissan Rogue can’t. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit kbb.com today.
2009 Nissan Rogue — $20,220 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Nissan Rogue. After years of watching rival Honda clean up with its compact CR-V crossover, Nissan has finally joined the battle with its own car-based cute-ute, the Rogue. Nissans pricing strategy aims to offer consumers an entry level, bare bones model and then let them decide how much to pay for added features. The Rogues sporty good looks and performance-car inspired handling help it stand out from more mundane offerings. Still, with tough competition from the likes of the Honda CR-V, Saturn VUE and Toyota RAV4, plus the lack of some vital options such as a V6 engine and DVD-based navigation, the Rogues path to success promises to be littered with obstacles.
2009 Honda Element — $20,275 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
2009 Honda Element SC. Building on the success of the Element SUV, Honda takes its rolling dorm room concept to the next level with the Element SC. Designed to appeal to a more street-wise crowd, the SC does away with the all-wheel-drive option and substitutes racy 18-inch wheels, a stiffer suspension and a lower ride height. The SC also jettisons the industrial-grade plastic floor mat in favor of a carpeted passenger compartment. Aimed squarely at younger drivers who enjoy modifying their own vehicles, Honda wisely offers a long list of accessories specifically designed for the Element.
2009 Ford Escape — $20,435 GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Ford Escape. The Ford Escape has the distinction of being America’s best-selling compact SUV, selling more than a million copies since its introduction in 2001. Despite its sales success, outdated styling and strong competition from Honda and Toyota necessitated significant revisions. Ford hopes a new look and more standard features will help maintain the 2008 Ford Escape’s popularity.Top 10 Cheapest Crossovers & SUVs,