10 Best Used SUVs Under $5,000

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Reliable transportation that can carry you and your friends and family, plus some gear — is that really too much to ask for $5,000? Fortunately, there are still some great SUVs to be found than won’t break the bank. Ultimately, to get the very best SUV possible below the $5,000 mark, you will need to hunt for just the right example, no matter which brand or model you choose. To kick off your search, here’s our list of the 10 best used SUVs available for less than $5,000.

1. 2005 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot‘s ability to fit lots of seating capacity and interior space into a not-so-bulky body complements its carlike ride and handling. A potent V6 engine, available VTM-4 4-wheel drive, and seating for eight passengers are just a few of the 2005 Honda Pilot’s highlights. See Honda Pilot models for sale near you

2. 2002 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is another icon of the segment. It offers carlike ride and handling, good fuel economy, and surprising room for cargo given the relatively compact exterior. The RAV4 is also backed by Toyota’s excellent quality and reliability ratings. See Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you

3. 2003 Lexus RX 300

As the roots of one of the model lines that would come to define Lexus in America as well as ensure its success, the original Lexus RX 300 is, in its way, a piece of living automotive history. It’s also a luxurious, comfortable, still-stylish crossover SUV. See Lexus RX 300 models for sale near you

4. 2003 Honda CR-V

Practical, roomy for its class, and efficient for its day, the 2003 Honda CR-V carries with it a reputation for reliability. The CR-V remains a great choice with do-it-all functionality and compact SUV ease of maneuvering and parking. See Honda CR-V models for sale near you

5. 2001 Toyota Highlander

Though it’s more than 20 years removed from the current Highlander, the 2001 Toyota Highlander nevertheless had the seeds of the current vehicle. From its bold design to its family-pleasing features and layout, the Highlander even then combined carlike qualities with the mud and snow abilities of an SUV. A towing package was even offered, capable of pulling up to 3,500 pounds. See Toyota Highlander models for sale near you

6. 2004 Honda Element

Few cars as affordable as the Honda Element have struck up such vibrant communities. The boxy, funky Element, with its practical, easily washed interior and smart, function-forward design, has grown that community over the decades since its debut. See Honda Element models for sale near you

7. 2005 Subaru Forester

The second-generation Subaru Forester‘s boxy, high-sided shape speaks to its interior utility and its preference for function over form. The Forester is also a capable off-roader thanks to its standard all-wheel drive (AWD). Though it’s not likely available at this price point, you may even want to look for the sporty turbocharged Forester XT variant. See Subaru Forester models for sale near you

8. 2005 Ford Expedition

A roomy, comfortable cabin and easy driving manners are hallmarks of the Ford Expedition. In addition to being a great way to move the family around, the Expedition is also a capable towing vehicle for those with utility or sport trailers. Despite its size and capability, the Expedition also offered independent rear suspension for better road manners. See Ford Expedition models for sale near you

9. 2005 GMC Envoy

The spacious, capable GMC Envoy is the GMC doppelganger to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, but with more upscale style. It’s a well-rounded SUV that offered a wide range of engine, drivetrain, and equipment options when new. For those who need even more space, be on the lookout for the 3-row Envoy XL. See GMC Envoy models for sale near you

10. 2007 Ford Escape

The 2007 Ford Escape offers an SUV’s commanding view of the road without being so large it’s impossible to park. Inside, the cargo area is easily accessible and spacious, as is the roomy second row. Thanks to its more carlike demeanor, the Escape’s ride isn’t as compromised as some off-road-biased SUVs. See Ford Escape models for sale near you

10 Best Used SUVs Under $5,000

2005 Honda Pilot
2002 Toyota RAV4
2003 Lexus RX 300
2003 Honda CR-V
2001 Toyota Highlander
2004 Honda Element
2005 Subaru Forester
2005 Ford Expedition
2005 GMC Envoy
2007 Ford Escape

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