Sunday, November 18 2018

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Best Affordable SUVs of 2017

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Want an SUV that’s both affordable and versatile? Turns out, the 2017 model year is a great time to get behind the wheel of a cheap SUV. Be ready to spend more for four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but for bargain prices you can get a rig that’s large enough for your family, your job site materials or your weekend camping gear. The best affordable SUVs also pack plenty of power under the hood and numerous features to make your ride more pleasurable. We’ve evaluated the latest offerings to bring you our favorite 2017 models. Still interested in buying a cheap SUV? If so, read on to learn more about these top-rated options from the new model year.

First on our list is the 2017 Kia Sorento, which was also our top pick for affordable SUVs from the previous m odel year. The new five-seat Sorento comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, various airbags, cruise control, air conditioning, an airbag occupancy sensor and more. New for 2017, the Sorento can be bought with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, and new safety options include automatic braking and adaptive headlights. With a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional upgrade to a 3.3-liter V6, the Sorento can pack more than enough power for all of your needs. It’s also large enough to seat children comfortably.

Next on our list is the 2017 Ford Escape. The newest model of this longtime SUV gets revised exterior styling and some noticeable improvements inside. Under the hood is a new 2.0-liter engine equipped with a turbocharger for added performance off the line, and upper trims get the flashy Sync 3 infotainment system. Adaptive cruise control and lane-departure prevention are now basic safety features, as is a system that detects when drivers are fatigued. The Escape falls under the crossover SUV market and lacks the interior cargo room of the Sorento, but it’s more than capable in various road conditions and is great for those in search of a smaller sport utility vehicle.

Last on our list is the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, which proudly carries on the tradition of one of the most beloved lines of SUVs in America. The new Wrangler is behind the competition on overall technology, but people don’t buy the Wrangler for fancy bells and whistles. This iconic Jeep has always stood for fun and ruggedness, and on that front the new Wrangler is as great as ever. New additions include optional LED headlights and foglights. People who live in cold regions can also get heated seats, remote start and all-weather mats through an optional Cold Weather Package. While a bit lackluster on the open road, the Wrangler remains one of the best and most affordable purchases for riding on the trails.