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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 concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


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The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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