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10 Roomiest and Most Affordable SUVs

When buying a sport utility vehicle, people, among other things, pay attention to the practicality that means having lots of space for cargo and passengers. Affordability is also important for those who seek a car in the non-luxury segment. To help you in making the right choice, here is a selection of the 10 roomiest and most affordable SUVs in the modern auto market.

The select SUVs are ranked on the basis of the rear legroom and cargo hold volume applied to most trim levels.

 10. Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 provides one of the nicest interiors in the class, with plenty of small-item storage, comfy front seating, and solid rear legroom, albeit not for tall men. All-wheel drive comes standard, and there are 2 capable powertrains to choose from: a 187-hp 4-cylinder and a 256-hp turbo-four, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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2022 Mazda CX-5
  • Second-Row Legroom: 39.6 inches
  • Cargo: 59.3 ft3
  • *Starting Price: $26,700

9. GMC Terrain

The model is good on city roads but sluggish on the highway. It features a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower in combination with a 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The interior is nice and agreeable for up to 5.

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2022 GMC Terrain AT4
  • Second-Row Legroom: 39.7 inches
  • Cargo: 63.3 ft3
  • Starting Price: $29,900

8. Chevrolet Equinox

The SUV is spacious enough for 5 occupants. It offers user-friendly infotainment tech but a cheap-feeling interior and a middling powertrain (a 1.5-liter 170-hp turbo-four with a 6-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive).  

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2022 Chevrolet Equinox
  • Second-Row Legroom: 39.9 inches
  • Cargo: 63.9 ft3
  • Starting Price: $26,600

7. Ford Escape

Though the Escape’s cabin lacks the premium appeal, it is still a comfortable place for occupants: roomy, and with intuitive tech. Both turbocharged engines, 3- and 4-cylinders with 181 and 250 hp, provide decent efficiency and acceleration, but an 8-speed automatic transmission could be smoother with shifts.

Ford Escape SUV 2022
2022 Ford Escape
  • Second-Row Legroom: 40.7 inches
  • Cargo: 65.4 ft3
  • Starting Price: $28,000

6. Subaru Forester

Subaru makes family-friendly SUVs, and the Forester is one of its best products. Even the base model is fairly comfortable. There’s plenty of room for five people in the cabin, and the cargo hold is one of the largest in its class. The powertrain (2.5L 4-cyl, 182 hp, CVT, AWD) is powerful enough for most driving scenarios.

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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
  • Second-Row Legroom: 39.4 inches
  • Cargo: 74.2 ft3
  • Starting Price: $26,495

5. Hyundai Santa Fe

The model has become more upscale in recent years, and it remains a practical roomy SUV with great tech features, including Hyundai’s easy-to-use infotainment system, a pleasant interior, and two powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines: one naturally aspirated with 191 hp and one turbocharged with 277 hp.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Second-Row Legroom: 41.7 inches
  • Cargo: 72.1 ft3
  • Starting Price: $28,750

4. Honda CR-V

This is a popular model and for good reason, as it offers excellent passenger space across both rows, comfort, efficiency, and a nice driving experience. All CR-Vs are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine delivering 190 hp to the front or all four wheels through one of the best in the business CVTs.

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2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid
  • Second-Row Legroom: 40.4 inches
  • Cargo: 75.8 ft3
  • Starting Price: $28,410

3. Kia Sorento

An upscale interior, excellent space, straightforward infotainment tech, and solid fuel economy from two powerful 2.5-liter engines, in addition to the sweet name, make this 7-seater one of the best choices in the class. Not by chance, this Kia SUV tops numerous rankings.

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2022 Kia Sorento
  • Second-Row Legroom: 41.7 inches
  • Cargo: 75.5 ft3
  • Starting Price: $30,090

2 .Mitsubishi Outlander

The SUV features a high-end interior with enough room inside for the whole family and an abundance of cargo space. The 2nd row provides enough legroom. There is a third row, cramped a bit, and good for kids only in point of fact.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 181 horsepower. It is coupled with a CVT and front-wheel drive (AWD is optional). The Outlander is fine for traveling around the city. On the highway, it is less fun to drive.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander image
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Second-Row Legroom: 39.9 inches
  • Cargo: 79.7 ft3
  • Starting Price: $27,895

1. Hyundai Tucson

No wonder the Tucson is Hyundai’s best model. It is really a good choice: with a gorgeous interior and upscale materials, one of the most generous cargo holds in the segment, the easy-to-use multimedia system, and powerful engines: a base 2.5-liter 187-hp 4-cylinder, a 226-hp hybrid, and a 261-hp plug-in hybrid one, with a 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission, and either FWD or AWD.

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2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT
  • Second-Row Legroom: 41.3 inches
  • Cargo: 74.8 ft3 (hybrid model ), 80.3 ft3 (standard model)
  • Starting Price: $26,900

*Latest base MSRP available on official sites

Source: U.S. News and World Report

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