15 Best SUVs Under $25,000 in 2020

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The Best Values in the Market’s Hottest Segment

SUVs, specifically car-based crossover models, have fast replaced sedans in America’s driveways. Compact and subcompact models are becoming particularly popular. 

They’re versatile and practical, yet small enough that they’re still enjoyable to drive and remain relatively fuel-efficient. They also boast a higher-riding, see-over-traffic stance, and are typically roomier and feature added cargo capacities over same-size sedans. They also tend to be easier to enter and exit than most four-door cars, given their upright and inherently boxy designs. What’s more, most offer the added security of all-wheel drive.

Most models in either the compact or subcompact class are close in terms of pricing, equipment, and capabilities, which makes choosing the best of the bunch challenging. That’s why we’re featuring our 15 top picks you can buy for less than $25,000 in this slideshow. We’re including base prices and noting what you might be able to add while still driving off a dealer’s lot for under $25,000 (and even less if you take advantage of the U.S. News Best Price Program). Importantly, we’re noting each model’s U.S. News overall score to show how they all stack up, with the best of the bunch getting higher than an eight out of 10.

Take note that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new data comes in, so the scores mentioned in this article may not match those in our rankings and reviews.

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