8 Myths About Cheap SUVs

Cheap SUVs can be the perfect options for families on a budget. Offering the same versatility and accommodations as more expensive models, they are a great way to get your family out of the house and on the road. Whether hauling groceries from Costco or bring the family to your favorite campground, the right SUV is ready to get the job done. And luckily you don’t have to spend your life savings to get it. A number of cheap SUVs have just the specifications you need to leave you with the most satisfying driving experience possible at the price you are looking for. While you may have an aversion to cheaper SUVs or just aren’t sure they can truly deliver, the following myths and facts should help clear things up.

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MYTH: Cheap SUVs don’t have many features.

While you may not be able to find all of the features of a luxury SUV, cheaper SUVs have plenty to offer in the way of features. The 2015 Buick Encore offers a wave of features including a 7 inch display infotainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, a high quality audio system and a sun-roof. You can also add features such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs are small and cramped.

There are plenty affordable SUVs in the compact, mid-size and full-size range with plenty of room for both cargo and passengers. The 2016 Honda HR-V is a compact SUV which is actually quite roomy for a vehicle of its class. Therefore, you don’t have to sacrifice space for price.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs have poor gas mileage.

While it is true that some cheaper SUVs can have poor mileage, this is equally true for luxury SUVs. Just as with luxury SUVs, it all depends on the particular SUV. The 2016 Honda HR-V for instance gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is better than many compact cars even.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs have poor performance.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a perfect example of a cheap SUV with impressive performance. With a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, drivers of any class will appreciate great performance when they see it.

MYTH: If I spend more on a car, I want have to spend as much on features.

The truth is that even if you spend a ton on a luxury model, you’ll still have to spend a lot more if you want anything other than the base model. In reality, by spending less on the SUV itself, you’ll be able to afford a lot more features compared to the luxury model.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs are not as safe.

If safety had anything to do with price then for many people, the choice would be as simple as that. The truth is there are many affordable SUVs with high safety ratings and standards such as the 2016 FIAT 500X which happens to have a near-perfect safety rating.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs are poorly constructed.

While you might be under the impression that you get what you pay for, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As long as you shop carefully, you will find a number of options that are just as well made as a vehicle triple the price. The 2016 Fiat 500X, which offers the luxurious interior many crave in a luxury model is just one of many examples to prove that you don’t have to spend more to get the best.

MYTH: Cheap SUVs are clunky and difficult to drive.

There are actually a number of sleek and agile SUV models available at a relatively low price, including the 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman, the 2016 Jeep Renegade and the Mazda CX-3.