Shopping for an affordable used crossover means finding just the right vehicle to meet your needs and be financially pleasing to your wallet. There are many excellent used crossovers available, depending on how large a vehicle you need or how upscale you want to go.

Here we take a look at what we consider to be the top eight used crossovers under $25,000.

2013 Buick Encore – Get a luxury ride with plenty of room and a price that won’t leave your wallet empty. The 2013 Buick Encore boasts a super-quiet cabin, numerous high-tech options and is agile enough to maneuver in parking lots and on open highways. Fuel economy in front-wheel drive is 33 mpg highway. Front-seat knee airbags are standard. Optional safety equipment includes forward collision warning and lane departure warning. On the used market, only Convenience and Leather are in the under $25,000 mark (Premium is higher). Look for prices ranging from $21,995 to $24,995.

2013 Ford EscapeCompletely redesigned, the 2013 Ford Escape compact crossover offers good performance and fuel efficiency, a high-quality cabin with comfortable seating for five, many high-tech features and options – and a relatively inexpensive price when purchasing used. A full complement of airbags includes a driver knee airbag. Optional hands-free liftgate is a nice feature. Look for pricing ranging from $17,997 to $24,995. Unfortunately, Titanium models are well above the $25,000 price target, but S, SE and SEL offer many choices.

2013 Honda CR-VWith its legendary Honda reliability, almost any Honda CR-V compact crossover will be a good choice. But the 2013 CR-V (still fresh from its 2012 redesign) is roomy, fuel-efficient and filled with family-friendly amenities. There’s plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags and rearview camera. Excellent safety scores are another plus cementing the deal for the 2013 Honda CR-V as one of the top used crossovers under $25,000. Pricing ranges from $21,980 to right around $24,000. Note that EX-L trim is higher than the price target.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – The smaller sibling to the Hyundai Santa Fe, the five-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers roominess and comfort in a nicely-done interior, sporty driving, Hyundai’s excellent warranty, good fuel economy and, most of all, a budget-friendly price. Depending on trim and options, pricing ranges from about $19,499 to $24,999, although some models command higher prices.

2013 Kia SorentoSized just right for small families, the 2013 Kia Sorento seats five to seven passengers in comfort. The quiet cabin makes for peaceful drives, and the Sorento is easy to maneuver into parking places. Excellent crash test scores and numerous standard and optional features, plus an outstanding warranty make the 2013 Kia Sorento a must-see addition to your used crossover shopping list. Pricing depends on trim, but in general, ranges from around $18,900 to $23,380.

2013 Mazda CX-5Small families seeking a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient crossover SUV would do well to check out the 2013 Mazda CX-5. With seating for five, the CX-5 is generously equipped, gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in highway driving (in front-wheel drive configuration), and boasts many standard safety features. Look for pricing ranging from about $21,500 to $24,778.

2013 Toyota RAV4Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 compact crossover SUV captivates with pleasing exterior styling and a wealth of amenities and technology options to satisfy most needs. The RAV4 has a little more room than the Ford Escape and drives a bit better than the Honda CR-V, according to some reviewers, but it does lose the optional V6 engine and there’s no more third-row seating. On the whole, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 offers better, more carlike handling, eight standard airbags, Bluetooth and rearview camera. The RAV4 also boasts top-notch safety ratings (except for a “poor” rating in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal test. Pricing ranges from around $21,660 to $25,000.

2013 Volkswagen TiguanMany consider the Volkswagen Tiguan an easy step into the luxury compact crossover segment. It’s premium without being too pricey. Solid build quality, European driving manners, and lively turbocharged engine are pluses, while cargo space is a little on the shy side relative to some of the competition. Only S and SE models are under $25,000, ranging from around $18,000 to $23,999.

 

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