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4/11/2014 - 2014's best SUVs for the money


For those who enjoy the outdoors, a preferred vehicle purchase is the sport-utility vehicle.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, a preferred vehicle purchase is the sport-utility vehicle. However, because they're spacious and often have superior handling, SUVs can be expensive to buy brand new. But they're not cost prohibitive, as vehicle valuation firm Kelley Blue Book recently named what it considers to be the best all-new SUVs that sell for under 25,000.

Included among the SUVs that provide car buyers with the most bang for their buck is the 2014 Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. Based on manufacturers' suggested retail prices, these and five other SUVs that the vehicle valuation firm selected sell for less than $25,000.

Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book's website KBB.com, indicated that there's an awful lot to like about these selections.

"The vehicles on our 2014 edition of the 10 Best SUVs under $25,000 list are not only affordable, but also are sensible, stylish and feature all-new in-vehicle technology," said Nerad. "We chose the 2014 Honda CR-V to lead the pack for the second year in a row because of its well-rounded manner and stellar reliability."

Also making the cut was the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota RAV4. The Kia Sorento and Jeep Wrangler rounded out the 10 best 2014 SUVs for a relatively inexpensive price.

At one time, SUVs were panned for being vehicles that weren't ideal for safety. That's not the case anymore. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 was bestowed with the organization's Top Safety Pick-plus designation, but several other SUVs finished strong as well. Policyholders can lower their auto insurance bill by insuring a vehicle that in safety tests scores well.


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