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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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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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The 2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST gives buyers more performance at a lower price.

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The Explorer lineup is getting a three-model enhancement for the 2021 model year. The Explorer Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid will be making their way to dealership lots later this year in a targeted attempt to identify customer desires.

The new models join the just-announced 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch, also a new addition.

2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST

The Enthusiast ST grade takes a lot of what customers like about the existing Explorer ST and delivers it at a far cheaper price. The Enthusiast ST has a starting MSRP of $48,750 as opposed to the ST, which starts at $52,830.

Setting it apart from there Explorers is the Enthusiast ST's quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.

The new model comes equipped with the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that's in the Explorer ST that churns out 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.

Ford has given the model a sport-tuned suspension and a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.

The cabin of the Enthusiast ST is complete with leather seating surfaces, unique Miko micro-perforated inserts, and City Silver accent stitching with the ST logo. There's a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated sport-style steering wheel with the ST logo, and paddle shifters.

The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology.

2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

2021 Ford Explorer Plat Ford has two new Platinum models coming to a dealership near you.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

2021 Ford Explorer Plat

The new Explorer Platinum is powered by a 3.0-liter engine and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Four-when drive is available.

To make the Platinum version worthy of its upscale price tag, its packaging includes door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails, a twin-panel moonroof, and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish. Its cabin is fitted with leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum has a starting MSRP of $52,480. The hybrid version of that model starts at $53,085.

All the models are currently available for order via Ford dealerships. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.

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