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Did you know that affordable entry-level SUVs exist? They just aren’t in the spotlight as much as they need to be. When it comes to cheap SUVs you may think it’s a Kia or tiny Toyota, but the Cheapest SUV is actually the Hyundai Venue. 

The Cheapest SUV is the 2024 Hyundai Venue 

A brand new 2024 Hyundai Venue is the most affordable SUV you can buy at the moment. The 2024 Venue starts at $21,275 including the $1,375 destination fee. 

The MSRP is $19,900 and it’s rare to see something listed for under $20,000. Remember when the Ford Maverick briefly had an MSRP of $19,995? Well, people went nuts for it and now it has an MSRP of $23,815. 

Why aren’t people rushing to the Venue? I understand that words like cheap and affordable may lead to ideas of a slow or low-quality option, so let’s see what’s standard with the Venue. 

The 2024 Venue has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 121 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 9.4 seconds, which is average for the class. The class includes the SUVs like the Nissan Kicks, Kia Soul, and Chevy Trax.

The 2024 Hyundai Venue parked in the city
2024 Hyundai Venue | Hyundai

With the entry-level SE trim you get: 

  • 15-inch alloy wheels 
  • Automatic headlights 
  • Power-adjustable windows
  • Remote keyless entry
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel 
  • A height-adjustable driver’s seat 
  • Cruise control 
  • An 8.0-inch infotainment screen 
  • A six-speaker audio system 
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Lane departure mitigation 
  • Driver attention warning 
  • Rear seat reminder 

Upgrading to higher trim levels provides access to larger wheels, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, built-in navigation, a wireless phone charging pad, a sunroof, and more. 

But is the most affordable SUV comfortable? Yes, the Hyundai Venue competitively comfortable for the class. The front seats are well-padded, the rear seats have a relaxed backrest angle, wind and road noise aren’t out of control, and bumps are quickly settled for a smooth ride. 

The backseat has more passenger space than expected and the interior has a practical layout. Plus, the tech is intuitive.