17 Sportiest SUVs Under $30,000 in 2020

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17 Affordable SUVs That Haul While They Haul

Your quest for affordable cargo space doesn’t have to mean giving up your need for speed, or ability to have a bit of fun on the twisty roads to the great outdoors. There are many versatile SUVs with plenty of power to excite the senses without emptying your wallet.

To develop this list, we combed through our new car rankings to find vehicles with excellent performance scores and base sticker prices lower than $30,000. In cases where the performance scores were tied, we looked at each SUV’s base MSRP to break the deadlock. Our performance scores capture more than sheer power or acceleration – we also considered handling, braking, and ride quality. The vehicles are listed in ascending order, leading up to our best-performing affordable SUV. 

Most, though not all, of the vehicles on this list are available in front- and all-wheel-drive versions. Options range from the subcompact 2020 Hyundai Kona to the three-row 2020 GMC Acadia, with several peppy hybrids included in the mix. 

Let’s move onto our list of budget-friendly fun-to-drive crossovers.

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