14 Sportiest SUVs Under $30,000

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SUVs That Balance Fast Pace With Cargo Space 

When shopping for a new SUV, lots of practical considerations come to mind, such as safety ratings, cargo space, and rear legroom. However, a little driving excitement and the promise of adventure can help sweeten the deal. That’s why we’ve put together a list of affordable SUVs that aren’t afraid to have fun. 

Some of our candidates, particularly those from the Jeep brand, are famous for their rock-crawling capabilities, but you may prefer driving on twisty, paved roads. If that’s the case, the quick and agile driving manners of the Chevrolet Blazer, Mazda CX-5, or Ford Escape should put a smile on your face. 

We’ve ranked 14 vehicles in ascending order, based on their performance score in our extensive rankings of subcompact, compact, and midsize SUVs. We use horsepower as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to find out which SUV under $30,000 packs the best performance punch.

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