2015 Dodge Journey $20,695
With a 4 speed, shiftable automatic this powerful front wheel drive 4 cylinder powered SUV is one of the top picks because of Dodge’s long experience in making Sports Utility Vehicles. Using time tested and proven design and components this is one of the more rugged SUVs on the list. Plus with highway mileage of 26 estimated this little powerhouse will go farther than many of its bigger siblings. It has seating for up to 7 people and plenty of interior storage areas to make the trip clutter free.
2016 Fiat 500X $20,000
What more need we to say? This 6 speed manual transmission, 5 seater, turbo charged 4 cylinder has a lot more room on the interior than it appears from the exterior. The turbo charger puts it into a class by itself in this price range and the warranty on the drivetrain, 5 year 100,000 miles, helps seal the deal. When the turbo kicks in acceleration is not a problem in this little monster.
2015 Chevrolet Trax $20,120
If you’ve got a long way to go the Trax will get you there on less fuel than most competitors in this range. With an amazing 34 miles per gallon estimated for the highway this 6 speed automatic, four cylinder has some of the highest consumer ratings in its class. It’s one of the easiest to drive suburban runabouts on our list, easy to park, and plenty of high tech support for performance and enjoyment.
2015 Nissan Rogue Select $20,150
It looks bigger than its competitors and that’s because it is. Not to mention it’s one of the few with the bigger 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder power plant. Of all we examined it’s the only SUV in this range with a continuously variable automatic transmission which makes for crazy smooth city driving. Like the other it is front wheel drive but even with the bigger engine it still gets and estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Fortunately it also has one of the larger fuel capacities at almost 16 gallons.
2015 Jeep Compass $18,995
Yes, it’s a Jeep. Yes it’s roomy. But the most important thing is it’s in the $21,000 base price range. While it’s not our number one choice it definitely belongs on the list. After all, who has more SUV experience in American born vehicles than Jeep? All the standard features you would expect in an SUV with the Jeep name on it without the expensive off-road package. This suburban go-getter is fun to drive and people know what it is and respect it.