With gas prices falling, SUVs and crossovers have been some of the best-selling vehicles over the past few years. Recognizing the popularity and demand, automakers have been providing new car shoppers with a wide variety of models to choose from.
Car buyers wanting a larger and more powerful vehicle for towing and off road adventure prefer the truck-based SUV; However, crossovers are narrowing the gap in sales volume by being able to also complete these tasks.
Utility vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, you can find them in the compact category all the way up to full size models. SUVs and crossovers fulfill consumers needs by providing them with large cabins and a secure, easily accessible, place to store cargo. The later model utility vehicles provide smooth car-like rides and much better fuel economy than the rough-riding gas-guzzlers of the past.
Recent sales trends show the compact crossover is one of the fastest growing categories in the utility vehicle segment, while the truck based larger SUVs are decreasing in sales
New car shoppers on a budget will want to check out the ten vehicles listed below. Our friends over at Edmunds.com ranked the least expensive SUVs and crossovers for the 2015 model year. There is a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, so no matter if you want to off-road or you just want to look good driving the kids, there's something on the list for you.
The cheapest sport utility vehicle on the list is the base model 2015 Jeep Patriot. Jeep decided to remove the cargo/flashlight combo and add navigation on its higher trim models. The Patriot has a spacious cabin area with ample room for cargo and better-than-average off-road capability with Jeep's Freedom Drive II. All while having an attractive entry level manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $16,695.
The 2015 Kia Sportage comes in at number 10 on the list with a base MSRP of $21,750. The Sportage is a great alternative to other compact SUV/crossovers on the market. It's fun-to-drive nature, eye-catching styling, generous warranty, sporty handling, and powerful engine (especially the turbo in the SX trim) provides drivers an adventure every time they get behind the wheel. The Sportage didn't change anything this year, only some option shuffling within the additional packages.
At the time of this article, many of the vehicles listed below have rebates and secret incentives available, make sure to do your homework online before visiting a dealership to guarantee you pay the lowest price. Read my section on how to start a new car price bidding war online to learn how to have dealer's compete for your business.
When negotiating a new car's price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds or TrueCar, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available.
In addition, the above sites will tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their new car pricing. These sites provide valuable information for anyone thinking about buying or leasing a new car or truck.
|Rank||Year, Make, Model||MSRP Base Model|
|1||2015 Jeep Patriot||$16,695|
|2||2015 Jeep Compass||$18,995|
|3||2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport||$19,959|
|4||2015 Chevrolet Trax||$20,120|
|5||2015 Dodge Journey||$20,195|
|6||2015 Nissan Juke||$20,250|
|7||2015 Mazda CX-5||$21,545|
|8||2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek||$21,595|
|9||2015 Hyundai Tucson||$21,650|
|10||2015 Kia Sportage||$21,750|
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