Best SUVs Under $40,000
CR's top choices are based on our extensive testing and surveys
SUVs are the most popular type of passenger vehicle sold in the U.S. today. Buyers love their versatility, ride height, and comfort. But once you decide that you want an SUV, it can be difficult to select the right model. That’s where Consumer Reports can help.
It can be a challenge to make a smart choice based on just a brief test drive at a dealership. There are dozens of factors to consider before you buy. That’s why we purchase every model we test, drive it for thousands of miles, and put it through an extensive array of tests. Then we ask CR members about their experiences.
From that mountain of data we provide a straightforward ranking within each vehicle category based on the Overall Score, rolling together our test and survey findings along with key safety information.
So if you’re looking for the best SUV, you’ve come to the right place. Below we present the best SUVs under $40,000 ranked by their Overall Score, including midsized SUVs and entry-level luxury SUVs. If you think your needs can be met by a smaller model, check out our list of the best SUVs under $30,000.