An SUV is a great choice for a family that likes to go on lots of adventures, whether it is to Yosemite or just to weekly soccer practice. They have plenty of room for camping and sports supplies, can tow up to 1500 pounds, and can be fitted with roof racks which adds a whole other world of capabilities. They’re big and comfortable on the inside and nowadays come with enough luxurious features to make even a Rolls Royce Phantom blush. These are some SUVs from 2014 which we found affordable for less than $20,000.
One of the most affordable SUVs we encountered is the Honda CR-V. Equipped with AWD, the 2014 CR-V can cost about $15,000. The CR-V even back then was considered spacious and comfortable, with lots of features including a backup camera and bluetooth speaker phone. The CR-V has stayed consistent with its ability to comfortably sit multiple tall adults, and while it made strides from its predecessor the CR-V at the time suffered from cheaper plastics. Otherwise a solid choice, and since it’s a Honda it’s proven reliable.
Across the board, the Toyota RAV4 is considered one of the most affordable even by today’s standards. Equipped with AWD the 2014 RAV4 should cost around $16,000. The RAV4 is all about utility, more so than it is about comfort. While it lends itself to a high degree of durability the RAV4 also has very hard interior plastics, but one thing that’s unanimous is the ergonomics of the interior have significantly improved over the 2013 model. The bottom line is the 2014 RAV4 comfortably seats multiple adults has more cargo space than the CR-V and has a dependable powertrain.
The 2014 Subaru Forester clocks in at a modest $15,165, and for that you get a fairly luxurious SUV. The Forester at this time was praised for being spacious with high-quality materials, however, is more on the side of being sturdy and as a new platform has more headroom and legroom. The visibility is also very good. What wasn’t very good at the time was Subaru’s navigation system, which is berated for being overly complicated and too small. One thing the Subaru does better than the Honda and Toyota is cargo space, topping out at 74.7 cubic feet.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is certainly a viable option when considering affordable SUVs. It’s the cheapest car on our list at $13,000, and while it does boast bigger cabin space and nicer interior materials than its predecessor, it also sports NASA inspired zero gravity front seats, which are reported to be comfortable even over long trips. While the Rogue does offer a third row of seats, they aren’t for much use even for storage. This isn’t really a problem though, as the front and middle seats provide ample room and support.
All things considered, these SUVs all cost around the same after five years, so the choice really comes down to preference. For the best value, the Subaru seems like the better option but the other choices have their merits like Honda’s quality and Toyota’s durability. Basically, you can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.
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