40 Best SUVs Under $40,000

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40 Under $40K: The Best SUVs

SUVs are the most popular products in today's U.S. auto market. Not only do they feature roomy and versatile interiors, but they ride a bit higher than a car, offering a great view of the road. Most are available with the confidence-inspiring option of all-wheel drive.

You don’t have to break the bank to get into a great SUV. For less than $40,000 you can find options ranging from subcompact SUVs to luxury midsize models.

So, how do you choose which SUV is for you? We’ve compiled a list of the best 40 SUVs under $40,000, based on their U.S. News overall scores. When there’s a tie, the model with the lower base price comes out ahead. Of course, when you start adding options and moving to higher trim levels, many of these models can get significantly more costly.

Note that we regularly update our new SUV rankings as new information becomes available, so the scores you see on the following slides may not exactly match those you see in our individual SUV reviews. The list is arranged from good models starting at number 40 and climbing to our top-ranked SUV for under $40,000 in the number one spot.

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