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5 Most Reliable SUVs Under $10,000

Milad Hassibi May 10, 2018


If you are in the market for an SUV, chances are you have a family or are in need of more cargo space than what’s offered in today’s typical sedans. SUVs are great for long distance trips and can be a great median between a truck and small car. Since SUVs are the 2nd most common type of car sold in the United States, we decided to compile a list of the top 5 SUVs you can purchase for under $10,000 today.

2009 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is the standard SUV most people think about when they decide to buy an SUV.An image of a SUV in black with a question mark over it The Explorer is a reliable and durable SUV that offers a V6 and a V8 engine. Both engines are great for hauling heavy loads, but that shows in its less than amazing fuel economy at 15 MPG city. There are 2WD and AWD versions available as well.

2009 Honda CRV

The Honda CRV has been Honda’s flagship SUV ever since its introduction. The CRV features great ride quality along with interior creature comforts that make it a great road trip vehicle. The 5 seat SUV is known for going above and beyond its call of duty, with some owners still driving theirs after 300,000 miles. Although the CRV is only available in a 4 cylinder, this SUV has stellar safety rating and better fuel mileage than most comparables.

2010 Subaru Forester

Although Subaru constantly blurs the line between SUVs and wagons, The Forrester got a refresh in 2009 and has been keeping drivers happy for years. The versatile and durable chassis is known for its on-road and off-road capabilities. The Forrester also features ample cargo space and respectable towing limits. All Foresters come with AWD as standard equipment. Almost all Subaru’s hold their value extremely well, so be sure to make a move if you spot one for sale.

2009 Toyota RAV4

We all know the RAV4 by its distinguishable trunk-mounted spare tire. This FWD SUV has a reliable 4 cylinder engine that was rated at nearly 22 MPG city and 38 MPG highway. Buyers could also take it to the next step by getting the optional V6 engine. This cars reliability is legendary, as the engine and transmission in this car are nearly bulletproof. Know that if you invest in a RAV4, you will have lots of driving miles available to you without any major issues.

2009 Toyota Highlander

The Highlander was one of the first ever SUVs to offer a 4 cylinder engine. That engine made it so that the Highlander would receive nearly 27 MPG on the highway. Although the Highlander was available with a V6, many buyers chose the more efficient 4 cylinder instead. The Highlander is known for holding its value well, and you may have to compromise and settle for one with a few more miles. However, you can be certain that Toyota’s legendary reliability is reflected in this vehicle.

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