Introduction

Introduction

Crossovers long ago surpassed sport utility vehicles as the tall wagon of choice. The reason? Crossovers have better fuel economy while at the same time offering even better packaging options for its owner's family and things. We took a look at CUVs priced at $10,000 and lower, focusing on low mileage, solid fuel economy and lots of room for you and your stuff. The good news is that there are plenty of options out there at a reasonable price-point and you'll like what we've found.
2002 Toyota RAV4

2002 Toyota RAV4

Price: $9,980
If new: $17,925
Mileage: 53,295
Engine: 2.0-liter 4 Cyl 148 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Reasons to buy: The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover capable of hauling your goods without killing you at the pump. The RAV4 also manages to feel refined on the road, a sometimes rare commodity in the world of crossovers.
2006 Chrysler Pacifica

2006 Chrysler Pacifica

Price: $9,999
If new: $25,415
Mileage: 84,977
Engine: 3.5-liter V6 250 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Reasons to buy: The Pacifica has room to comfortably seat six and a surprisingly good interior for a Chrysler product of that era. The Pacifica is no track star, but the 3.5-liter V6 has more power than many of the $10,000 crossovers on the market.
2003 Honda CR-V

2003 Honda CR-V

Price: $9,999
If new: $18,900
Mileage: 80,698
Engine: 2.4-liter four cylinder 160 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Reasons to buy: The CR-V is an attractive little crossover with plenty of room for your family and your things. Its 2.4-liter four cylinder engine is powerful enough for everyday driving while also averaging 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
2007 Saturn VUE

2007 Saturn VUE

Price: $9,995
If new: $17,475
Mileage: 47,087
Engine: 2.2-liter four cylinder 144 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Reasons to buy: The Saturn VUE doesn't have a great interior and it's not all that pretty, but it has just as much room as other crossovers in this price range and you can get a used model that is far newer than other makes. That means that components like brakes, tires, shocks and springs are less likely to be near replacement.
2004 Subaru Outback

2004 Subaru Outback

Price: $9,598
If new: $23,470
Mileage: 83,231
Engine: 2.5-liter boxer four cylinder 165 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Reasons to buy: There are very few reasons NOT to consider the Outback. It comes standard with a terrific all-wheel drive system, it scores a 4.5 in JD Power reliability ratings and it has a very entertaining boxer four cylinder engine. Its only drawback may be that it can be considered more of a wagon than a crossover, though it packs just as much cargo as some of its crossover competitors.
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Price: $9,800
If new: $35,125
Mileage: 70,486
Engine: 4.7-liter V8 265 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.4

Reasons to buy: The Jeep Grand Cherokee is tricky. It looks a lot like a traditional SUV but it actually has unibody underpinnings, which makes it a crossover. Good thing, because you can get a loaded model with outstanding off-road chops for about $10,000.
2006 Ford Freestyle

2006 Ford Freestyle

Price: $9,995
If new: $25,105
Mileage: 75,182
Engine: 3.0-liter V6 203 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Reasons to buy: The Freestyle can seat seven, it features fantastically configurable seats that can flip and fold just about any way you could possibly want and it has a stellar safety record. In how many other crossovers can you fold the front passenger seat along with the second and third rows so you can haul a 10 foot-long ladder?
2005 Mercury Mariner

2005 Mercury Mariner

Price: $9,999
If new: $21,425
Mileage: 66,488
Engine: 2.3-liter four cylinder 153 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Reasons to buy: The Mercury Mariner is attractive, compact and capable of hauling around five adults and a bit of cargo. It has above average fuel economy and it is also a bit more unique than the higher volume Ford Escape.
2005 Suzuki XL-7

2005 Suzuki XL-7

Price: $9,994
If new: $20,399
Mileage: 55,942
Engine: 2.7-liter six cylinder 185 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Reasons to buy: The Suzuki XL-7 is a nice alternative to the run of the mill crossover. Since it's a Suzuki you won't see them in every parking lot across America, and it still has the comfort, convenience and fuel economy of a crossover. The JD Power score of 2 is a concern.
2005 Buick Rendezvous

2005 Buick Rendezvous

Price: $9,995
If new: $26,780
Mileage: 45,587
Engine: 3.4-liter V6 184 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Reasons to buy: While the Buick Rendezvous is the fraternal twin of the hideous Pontiac Aztek, it is far better looking while at the same time just as useful. Fuel economy is strong at 26 miles per gallon city and the interior is better than average.


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