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There are numerous SUVs on the market. However, finding a high quality and inexpensive option is a challenging feat. Luckily, there are some notable examples of excellent SUVs from well-trusted automakers for under $25,000. Of course, most fall in either the subcompact or compact SUV categories, meaning they aren’t best for large families. Here are four highly regarded new SUVs for under $25,000. 

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer is among the cheapest highly regarded SUVs

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a top affordable SUV
2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Trailblazer is an affordable SUV as it easily falls under the $25,000 threshold. The long-running vehicle offers real value with its fairly impressive performance and eye-catching interior. In addition, it has pretty awesome standard features, but many will want to add upgrades such as a better car sound system. Not to mention, the 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer has an ultra-modern look that stands out from other compact SUVs. The new Chevy Trailblazer starts at $22,100.

According to Car and Driver, the latest model Chevrolet Trailblazer has two different turbocharged engine options. One is a 1.2-liter, and the other is a 1.3-liter. Both are three-cylinder engines. The slightly bigger option has a maximum output of 155 horsepower while the other produces 137 hp. Unfortunately, the Trailblazer won’t be blazing any trails as it takes about 11.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. 

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross is a top affordable SUV

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross from the side. It's a top affordable SUV
2023 Toyota Corolla Cross | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross is another top affordable SUV that costs less than $25,000. Like all the others, this Toyota SUV comes with the automaker’s reputation for reliability. In fact, it’s believed that this affordable SUV will be more reliable than most other new vehicles. In addition, it has a sleek look that’s both modern and what people expect from a respectable SUV. It starts at $23,060.

The 2023 Corolla Cross comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a maximum output of 169 horsepower. It uses a continuously variable transmission. The vehicle comes standard as a front-wheel drive, but AWD is also an option. The AWD version takes 9.2 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. There is also a hybrid version, which is, of course, faster. The Corolla Cross isn’t quick, but it’s still an excellent and affordable vehicle.

2023 Mazda CX-30

2023 Mazda CX-30 in snow. It's a top affordable SUV
2023 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-30 is also a top affordable SUV that comes from a well-trusted automaker. It may not be the powerhouse that its larger siblings are, but it’s a well-rounded SUV. One of the standouts about the vehicle is its interior with its excellent use of technology. In addition, it has that sporty look the world has come to expect from Mazda vehicles.

Regarding performance, the CX-30 comes with a 2.5-liter inline-four with a maximum output of 191 hp. It uses a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and its all-wheel drive. This smaller Mazda SUV takes 7.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest options in its class. The 2023 Mazda CX-30 starts at $22,950.

There are other SUVs that come with a price tag below $25,000. However, these are three of the top affordable SUVs based on performance, reliability, and what they have to offer. Of course, there are instances where these options could be more expensive due to add-ons.

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