If you are looking for versatility and affordability both, the SUVs and crossover segment is a good place to start. These vehicles provide great utility for the money with ample choices for even fewer than 20 grand. Take a look at the list of this least expensive SUVs and crossovers to find the one that suits you.
No 10. 2012 Subaru Forester
The 2012 Subaru Forester offers a roomy cabin with ample cargo space. It is also quite a comfortable ride that comes with a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque whereas the XT trims feature a turbocharged variant that produces 224 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. The four-speed automatic transmission is also offered as an option.
The fuel ratings are 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the 2.5L engine while the XT is rated at 19 city and 24 highway.
No 9. 2012 Nissan Juke
Boasting a sporty handling and comfortable front seats, the Nissan Juke is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine that cranks out 188 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque. All three models; S, SV and SL are offered in all-wheel drive as well. Standard is front-wheel drive otherwise. The MPG ratings are 27 city and 32 highway for all variants.
No 8. 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Coming with large cargo capacity, this vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that produces 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and is available in 4 different versions. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on base models with four-speed automatic being standard on the rest. All 4 variants come standard as rear-wheel drive but the apart from the base model rest are offered in AWD as well.
Rear-drive models are rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway while 4WD models return 19/23.
No 7. 2012 Jeep Compass
The 2012 Jeep Compass is reasonably capable off-road when properly equipped. Each of the front-wheel drive models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. The limited variant as well as the AWD models comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy ratings are 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the manual to 23/27/24 with the CVT for the 2.0L engine while the 2.4L has ratings of 23/28/25 with the manual and front-wheel drive to 20/23/21 with the CVT and four-wheel drive.