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Ranked: Best used SUVs under $25,000

According to iSeeCars, the Honda CR-V is a good used SUV to buy.

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It's not just new cars that people are after. The used car market is full of good cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are available at prices far lower than a brand new car.

iSeeCars, a car search engine, analyzed over 6.1 million cars from model years 2011 and newer to determine the used cars that demonstrated long-term reliability and have an average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Shoppers with a budget of $25,000 can purchase the following reliable SUVs that are less than 10 years old.

2012 GMC Yukon XL

2012 GMC Yukon XL

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Average Used Price: $20,505
The GMC Yukon XL delivers the roomy cargo area the traditional Yukon is missing. Despite its size, it's easy to maneuver and comes with a high towing capacity when properly equipped.

2014 Ford Expedition

2014 Ford Expedition

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Average Used Price: $20,730
The Ford Expedition is the very definition of a family truckster. It's capable and comfortable while delivering a smooth ride and gobs of cargo space.

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Average Used Price: $22,408
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is spacious and powerful. Its strong V8 engine proves more than capable while its seating across three rows delivers space for up to nine passengers. When it was new, buyers could choose form rear- or four-wheel drive models.

2012 Cadillac Escalade

2012 Cadillac Escalde

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Average Used Price: $22,878
The 403-horsepower Cadillac Escalade has enough oomph to make you feel confident driving it on all types of streets. Its suspension system soaks up bumps and it has a spacious cargo area. However, it's not terribly fuel-efficient.

2013 GMC Yukon

2013 GMC Yukon

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Average Used Price: $23,087
The GMC Yukon is a solid choice for buyers. Though it lacks good cargo space unless the third row is removed, it delivers when it comes to powertrain, seating, and ride quality.

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Average Used Price: $23,323
The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid delivers the comfort and smoothness of travel that the Highlander delivers with the added bonus of better fuel efficiency. The three-row SUV is well-appointed and has a reputation for being long-lasting.

2015 Acura MDX

2015 Acura MDX

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Average Used Price: $23,406
Acura is still selling pretty much the same MDX today as it did in 2015, albeit with a different face. It's capable and comfortable, and has earned high safety scores from the NHTSA and IIHS.

2013 Toyota 4Runner

2013 Toyota 4Runner

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Average Used Price: $23,485
The Toyota 4Runner is a bit like getting back to basics. The very truck-like model is off-road capable but also comfortably seats a family. There's plenty of cargo space and its controls are straightforward.

2016 Dodge Durango

2016 Dodge Durango

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Average Used Price: $23,542
The Dodge Durango is another three-row SUV that delivers good on power and ride quality. The SUV's infotainment system is easy to use (a hallmark of all FCA vehicles) and it's available with all-wheel drive.

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Average Used Price: $23,587
The extended wheelbase version of the Cadillac Escalade offers nearly identical appointments and power as the traditional version. Where it wins is with cargo space and seating, which have been given more room in this model.

2014 Lincoln Navigator

2014 Lincoln Navigator

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Average Used Price: $23,600
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator wins buyers because it delivers a comfortable ride, seats up to seven, and is available with four-wheel drive. Lincoln has given the model a V8 engine that proves competent.

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

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Average Used Price: $24,026
The Honda CR-V is an affordable compact SUV that wins over around half a million buyers annually. The 2018 model received no major changes after the SUV was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. Its spacious cabin and cargo area and good fuel economy are all pluses.

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

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Average Used Price: $24,705
The 2016 Toyota Highlander offers a lot to like. It's composed on the road, has decent storage space, and in upper trim levels, it's fitted with premium-level appointments. The SUV's available V6 is the engine to go with if you do a lot of driving with a vehicle full of family members.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban

2014 Chevrolet Suburban

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Average Used Price: $24,758
The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban can easily haul an entire family. The large SUV has three rows of seating, good storage space, and truck-like manners on the road.

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

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Average Used Price: $24,819
The Honda Pilot was fully resigned for the 2016 model year. This is the generation that is still on dealer lots today. It offers spacious seating in all three rows, good cargo space, and a quiet cabin. Its powertrain is competent and is available with all-wheel drive.

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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The Wildcat is a new electric concept from Buick.

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Buick, the automaker whose lineup consists entirely of middle-of-the-road SUVs, has just come out with something unexpected. Today, the storied American automaker announced a new EV concept that revives a historic name from its catalog. The Wildcat was introduced in the early 1950s and has just returned on a sharp, futuristic EV.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe car will help Buick test and validate new tech like artificial intelligence. Buick

The concept’s interior features a classic 2+2 seating configuration, with two front and two rear seats. An extended center console stretches through both rows of seating, and the cockpit-style seats feature cantilevered headrests. Buick says it focused heavily on color and the level of comfort it conveys. Green accents highlight many parts of the interior, and orange contrasts can be found throughout, including on the seatbelts.

The Wildcat features a large curved display that integrates the gauge cluster and infotainment unit into one panel. The air vents and all physical controls are hidden in an interesting and elaborate dash, and Buick says the car is designed to be a platform for future technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe Wildcat's interior is futuristic and almost completely devoid of buttons.Buick

Buick will become an all-electric brand in the future, and though the Wildcat is just a concept, we’re likely to see many of its features make their way into production models. We don’t have any details on whether or not a version of the car will make it into production, though if it does, it’s unlikely to wear the Wildcat name, as of the automaker’s other models feature sedate names.

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