Top 5 Used SUVs Under $40k To Look For in 2022

August 5th, 2022 by




With the price of a new SUV reaching $40,000 and above, the economical buyer in need of a new ride should turn to Bill Luke Santan and check out our amazing inventory of pre-owned SUVs. One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a vehicle, whether used or new, is reliability. Though used vehicles can have their own quirks, they can also be the best option for a family on a budget. In order to help with the tough decision of choosing the perfect used SUV, we have compiled a list of what we believe are some of the most reliable and economical choices.

5. KIA SPORTAGE (2019)

The 2019 Kia Sportage provides a comfortable, balanced ride for passengers and the driver alike. Like all of the other vehicles on this list, this vehicle is reliable. It is less box-shaped than the other SUVs, providing a more ovular and sporty look – but no need for concern, this vehicle is still spacious inside. 

The Sportage features a regular unleaded I-4 2.4L engine with 144 horsepower. The average fuel efficiency for a 2019 Sportage is 23mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway. This SUV also offers Kia’s Dynamax AWD, which helps with traction, especially when monsoon season hits. 

The standard interior features of the Sportage include:

  •  Drive mode selector (sport, eco, normal)
  • Automatic headlights
  • Blind spot detection (EX model)
  • Cross-traffic alert (EX model)
  • 7 inch touch screen display (EX model, the standard for the LX model is 5 inches)

Overall, the reliability and impressive interior features make this an impressive and affordable used SUV option.

4. CHEVY EQUINOX (2017-2020)

The Chevy Equinox boasts two different engine options, both of which are powerful.The first option is a 1.5L four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower, and the second option is a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Additionally, the 2WD Equinox has a relatively strong towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds with the latter engine option. 

The Equinox has made this list as a result of the strong engine, good fuel efficiency, as well as the driving aids that come standard, specifically in the 2020 model. Some of these driving aids include:

  • Following distance indicator
  • Teen driver system
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane departure warning

Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view parking camera are also available. The interior features of this car don’t stop here- the 7 inch touch screen display is compatible with both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto integration. This SUV offers strong towing capacity, advanced safety features, and interior details that make for a more comfortable and technologically advanced ride.

3. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE (2017-2020)

The Grand Cherokee is one of the best on and off-road vehicles on this list. This vehicle offers ample interior space (over 40 inches of rear and front leg room), making it comfortable for the driver and passengers alike. This vehicle is ranked as one of the most reliable used SUVs, with a 4.5/5 RepairPal reliability rating. The engine in the 2019 model is an automatic 3.2L six cylinder. The Grand Cherokee comes standard as a 4×2, however, there are many 4×4 options available to optimize your off road experience. Each model comes standard with traction control as well. 

The 2017&2018 models feature a 5.5 inch touchscreen display, but models newer than that feature a seven inch touchscreen display. This powerful and capable SUV additionally features dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start.

For an SUV, this vehicle has relatively high fuel efficiency. With an average of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Overall, the Grand Cherokee provides a comfortable drive and is the most prepared of all these SUVs to take an adventure off the beaten path. 

2. HONDA CRV (2017-2020)

The Honda CRV is rated as both fun and practical, and is one of the longest-lasting compact SUVs available. This vehicle is durable, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety, the number of recalls for the Honda CRV is below the average for compact SUVs. All models from 2017 to 2020 come with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. 2020 Honda CRVs and newer come with a turbocharged 1.5 L engine. Though the engine is more powerful in 2020 and newer models, earlier models still provide reliable performance, power, and handling that makes for a fun drive. 

In addition to this reliability, the fuel efficiency in the Honda CRV is impressive, especially in the current economy where vehicles with higher fuel efficiency are becoming even more valuable. It averages 28mpg in the city, 34mpg on the highway, and 30mpg combined. 

The CRV is an ideal family vehicle, as it is spacious and comfortable for passengers while still having ample cargo space. The trunk space, as well as the overall reliability and impressive fuel efficiency make the CRV number two on our list of the best used SUVs under $40k.

1. TOYOTA RAV 4 (2017-2021)

The Toyota RAV 4 ranks high on our list largely due to its safety features. As of 2017, all RAV 4 models come standard with auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, steering assist, and automatic high beam headlights. The standard engine for this SUV is an automatic 2.5L 203 HP four-cylinder. The average fuel efficiency for this SUV is 26 mpg in the city, and 35mpg on the highway. 

The RAV4 additionally has a spacious cabin, making it ideal for families, road trips, or camping. The controls and features have been described as easy to use, which only adds to the value of this vehicle. 

Something else that makes the RAV4 so special is the option to purchase a hybrid model, which was first released in 2016. The hybrid model allows for higher performance in terms of gas mileage. The RAV4 comes in several different models, catering to different drivers and their needs, which is a large part of what makes it such a popular and practical choice for buyers. 


Ride in style and get a reliable vehicle without breaking the bank – come down to Bill Luke Santan and check out our impressive arsenal of pre-owned SUVs, and get a feel for what vehicle best fits you and your needs. Take a test drive today! 

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