It’s no surprise that the cheapest 2016 SUVs are all among the smallest crossover models. Jeep, which is a brand not normally associated with inexpensive, comes in tops with two of their 2016 models having starting prices below $18,000, and a third model starting below $20,000.
In this article, we’ll look at the least expensive 2016 SUV models and other factors consider when you’re budget is tight for a new crossover model.
1. Jeep Patriot, $17,695
The Patriot debuted in the 2007 model year and hasn’t changed a whole lot since. It’s assembled along side the slightly larger Jeep Compass. If you want an upgraded and more rugged 2016 Patriot, Jeep® is offering a 75th Anniversary addition with exclusive color, accents and badging.
2. Jeep Renegade, $17,995
Jeep’s new Renegade SUV model is their present and future among small models. It has a more efficient engine and modern design and interior than the Patriot or Jeep Compass. The Renegade shares the same platform as the new Fiat 500x, which has a starting price of $20,000.
3. Honda HR-V, $19,215
The HR-V debuted for the 2015 model year. Built on the same platform as the diminutive Honda Fit, the HR-V makes good use of its space.
4. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, $19,595
The Outlander Sport debuted in the 2010 model year. This subcompact shares components with its larger sibling the Outlander, but has a smaller frame. The Outlander Sports 148 horsepower engine is above average for the class.
5. Jeep Compass $19,695
Rounding out our top five cheapest 2016 SUVs is the Jeep Compass. The Compass and Renegade are also offering bolder 75th Anniversary edition models. Expect a new version of the Compass by 2018 or it will be discontinued.
There are several other models just above the $20,000 price point including the Fiat 500x, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and Dodge Journey.
Think Beyond Base Price
Of course, base price isn’t the only factor to consider when purchasing a new SUV. The Patriot scored a ‘Poor’ rating in Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests (subject to update). The Chevy Trax had ‘Good’ ratings in IIHS testing. In addition to safety, resale value, fuel economy, and insurance costs are other important factor to consider.
All-wheel drive is an other factor to consider. It typically is about a $2,000 option. The Subaru XV Crosstrek has a starting price of $21,595 and comes standard with all-wheel drive. It also had the strongest resale value of any subcompact model last year.
The prices in this article are manufacturer’s suggested base retail prices and do not include additional fees such as destination, upgraded trim lines, dealer markup or taxes. If you want more than basic features, you’ll likely have to pay a minimum of several thousand dollars more than base.
Many of these subcompact models have pricing that can reach nearly $30,000 at the top end with all-wheel drive. For example, the subcompact Fiat 500x may have a base price of $20,000, but it’s sharp-looking top end trim starts at a whopping $28,000.
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