The 10 Best Used SUVs Under 5000 Dollars

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When you need a cheap all-purpose vehicle it's best to focus on the used SUVs under 5000 that are being offered at local dealerships. The invention of the crossover is arguably one of the better developments that automotive manufacturers ever thought of as they are able to cater to so many people. There are those that are great for going off-road, some built to be substitutes to minivans, while others offer the power of some pickup trucks, as well as the occasional luxurious models that handle better than some cars. Now it's possible for anyone to own one as dealerships across the United States offer some of the best sports utility vehicles produced, but for now we are only going to focus on the top 10 that fall below $5000.


$5000 Compact SUVs for Sale

(SUV Pictures based on 2012 Models)

1999 Honda CR-V

Compact SUV


Honda CR-VStarting things off will be the 1999 Honda CR-V which is one of the more popular crossovers, despite being in the compact class. If you're in need of a vehicle that is slightly larger than a sedan, but handles like one and offers good durability. The CR-V comes with a nice 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and four-wheel-drive, but this SUV handles best on the open road. With five seats and plenty of cabin space it can make also make a good choice for anyone with an average sized family.

2002 Ford Escape

Compact SUV


Ford EscapeAnother top-selling compact SUV to consider purchasing is the 2002 Ford Escape which offers consumers some outstanding traits that people will enjoy. The first is the outstanding cabin space that provides excellent comfort, as well the seating room for five adults and cargo space. There also is the matter of a powerful and fuel efficient 3.0L V6 engine and an optional 2.0L four-cylinder engine which is hardly matched by its competitors. The Escape also doesn't handle like a larger vehicle, but instead takes to the road like a car which makes rides more enjoyable.

2000 Subaru Forrester

Compact SUV


Subaru ForresterA good example of a crossover is the 2000 Subaru Forrester which to some is nothing more than a tall wagon. However, this still can't take from how well this SUV performs when on the road as its wagon-like features allow it to handle better than most used cars under $5000 that you people purchase. The Forrester doesn't handle going off-road as some other models possibly due to 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and lacks some rear space, but it still is one of the best crossovers due to great all-wheel-drive capabilities, good reliability, and useful safety features.


Midsize Crossovers under 5000 Dollars

2003 Ford Explorer

Midsize SUV


Ford ExplorerThere are few crossovers that have been as consistent as the Ford Explorer in offering versatility and the 2003 model was a good example of this. Despite a bad history with rollover problems, Ford has made sure that the Explorer got back to the top as an all-round great SUV. You will find that there is more than enough interior space as you can seat up to seven adults, exceptional driving capabilities on various surfaces, good safety features, and strong 4.0L V6 and 4.6L V8 engines.

2001 Nissan Xterra

Midsize SUV


Nissan XterraNext on the list is the 2001 Nissan Xterra which is an excellent alternative for drivers who usually prefer Jeep vehicles. This mid sized automobile was originally targeted at a younger generation, but its over the top off-road capabilities helped add to its popularity. Depending on what the dealer you visit have in stock you could either find different models of used SUVs under $5000 with either a small 2.4L four cylinder engine or a slightly larger 3.3L V6. There also is more than enough interior space as the Xterra can easily seat five adults comfortably along with enough cargo space as well.

2000 Toyota 4Runner

Midsize SUV


Toyota 4RunnerIf you want a sport utility vehicle that has strong truck like features and good durability you may want to look into the 2000 Toyota 4Runner. From first glance you can tell that the 4Runner has some influence from the Toyota truck line, but it lacks the V8 engine most commonly found it pickups. Instead drivers are treated to a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine or possibly a 3.4L V6 which allow it to get great fuel economy, and the additional space is also a huge bonus. There also is a history of good reliability which should be common due to the reputation Toyota has built over the years.

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV


Hyundai Santa FeWhen compared to some of the other midsize SUVs the Hyundai Santa Fe maybe one of the more sporty choices to go with. That doesn't mean you have to sacrifice interior or cargo space as there is plenty of that to spare with the ability to seat five passengers comfortably. Consumers are also treated to fuel efficient engine choices with a 2.4L 4-cylinder and a 3.5L V6 that equally produce 18 city mpg and 25 hwy.


Full-Size SUVs for Less Than $5,000

2001 Ford Expedition

Full-Size SUV


Ford ExpeditionOne of the larger sports utility vehicles on this just so happens to be the 2001 Ford Expedition, which is second largest SUV from Ford Motor Company. The Expedition is offers a very large luxurious cabin and the ability to seat six to nine adult passengers comfortably depending on the model. For those of you with a large family who would prefer to avoid buying a minivan this $5000 used crossover could be and excellent option. You can also use the Expedition for towing as it can handle up to 8,000 pounds and can be found with a 215 horsepower 4.6L V8 engine or a 5.4L V8 with 260hp under the hood.

2003 Dodge Durango

Full-Size SUV


Dodge DurangoThe people who choose to drive the 2003 Dodge Durango consider it to be threat to most full-sized crossovers due to a number of great qualities. Most consumers view the Durango as too small to be considered a larger SUV, but the ability to seat eight passengers and a strong 4.7L V8 engine say otherwise. There also is the ability to handle other terrains which make this vehicle extremely popular among most people, but there is a serious hit at the gas pump.

2000 Chevrolet Tahoe

Full-Size SUV


Chevrolet TahoeWhen you drive a Chevrolet Tahoe you will realize that may not be a ton of fun features, but there is still plenty of power and interior space. Therefore, if you have a large family and need seats for nine passengers the Tahoe is perfect for you. Also, the strong V8 engines and 6700 towing capacity make it easy to load and tow as much equipment you need with little to no effort at all.


Tags: Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota

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