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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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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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