10 moderately priced SUVs to buy for 2021

The SUV market has been growing for the past decade. According to Statista, in 2019, there were 200 million units of SUVs worldwide. In the United States, the sales of SUVs bypassed 800,000 units in August of 2019. This is a big boost for automakers who continue to manufacture and upgrade their SUV lineups, creating an affordable subcompact SUV class. It is no surprise that all the SUVs listed in this article are subcompacts. They are ordered according to price so that you can easily check and compare prices and other vital information. The list consists of only included SUVs that have all-wheel-drive (AWD). 

  1. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer L

This beauty sells for just $19,995 and is the cheapest new SUV that you can get on the market today.  Powered by a 137 horsepower on the base L trim, it also has a turbocharged 1.2 three-cylinder engine, which works with variable automatic transmission. Despite its moderate price, the standard Trailblazer comes with convenient features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Other safety tech features include lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. It also has a combined fuel economy of 29mpg, making it a good value for money. If you do have any questions, just ask Beaver County DCJR, and all your concerns will be addressed.

  1. 2020 Ford EcoSport S

The front-wheel-drive (FWD) version of the Ford EcoSport is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 123 horsepower and comes in a six-speed automatic. Although it lacks some tech features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and many active features, it makes up nicely with a Wi-Fi hotspot with a data trial for on-the-go connectivity on the base S trim. It starts at $21,240 and has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, which makes a good case for fuel consumption.

  1. 2020 Hyundai Kona SE

This SUV starts at $21,440 and has a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. This SUV blends a unique exterior design and cabin controls that are easy to use. It is powered by a 147 horsepower four-cylinder engine on the base SE trim, and it works with a six-speed automatic transmission. It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system. It also has standard safety features such as lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and a driver drowsiness monitor to ensure that you don’t drive tired.

  1. 2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport

Starting at $21,740, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 has a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. It runs on a standard 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is supported by a six-speed automatic transmission. Though it does not have space for cargo, it is best suited for the SUV class with standard adaptive cruise control with the ability to stop-and-go. It also comes with automatic air-conditioning and a head-up display. The highlights of this SUV are its interior quality and the overall attention to detail.

  1. 2020 Honda HR-V LX

For subcompact SUVs, this model stands out because of the space it affords. Others in this range tend to make seating, especially in the back, very difficult as there is not enough legroom. The 2020 Honda HR-V LX has a very spacious and comfortable interior with lots of legroom. With its unique Magic Seat, you can create varying spaces based on the need for legroom or wanting to create extra cargo space. It runs on a 141 horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. At just $21,940, the HR-V has safety features such as lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, but these features are not available for the base LX trim.

  1. 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS

Starting at $22,295, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax is one other member of the sub-compact SUVs that are manufactured by Chevrolet. The Trax, though, is smaller than the Trailblazer and, as a result, has smaller cargo space. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers it, and it works with a regular automatic transmission. The base trim for the Trax offers fewer safety features, but the higher trims have all those features. With a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, it is good value for money.

  1. 2020 Mazda CX-30

Starting at $23,000, this SUV runs on a 186 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with the standard active safety features such as lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go ability. Even in the base trim, premium features such as an 8.8-inch multimedia screen, LED head and tail lights, and a push to start button exist.

  1. 2021 Kia Seltos LX

This SUV starts at $23,110 and has a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg. This is the only SUV that has AWD on its base trim on this list. It is powered by a 146 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine working with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The base trim for this SUV comes with a lot of tricks and bells, such as an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also features Bluetooth streaming audio and cruise control and even has 17-inch alloy wheels. However, active safety features such as blind-spot warning and automatic emergency braking are only found in the higher trims.

  1. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

Mitsubishi has been making sub-compact SUVs since 2011, and this model is the latest in the series. At $23,790, it is affordable for its size and has a lot of legroom and cargo space. Though it may be lacking in its interior design, it has major selling points such as highway stability and good visibility. It also has a combined fuel economy of 27 mpg, making it very fuel-efficient.

  1. 2020 Jeep Renegade Sport

This is a firm favorite for SUV-lovers that like to off-road. With its rugged design, a seven-slot grille, and round headlights, it looks ready to conquer, and it does top the list in terms of price. It sells at $23,870 and has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, making it very fuel-efficient. The base trim comes in a top-notch nine-speed automatic transmission and works with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has 180 horsepower. Basic features include Bluetooth streaming audio, cruise control, and push-button start. Other features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will cost extra.

These are the top ten affordable SUVs that you can get your hands on for great value. If you are used to sedans, and you want to switch to SUVs, consider these models. Do check them out and settle on one that is within your budget and enjoy the SUV experience.


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