Also on our list of cars under $5000 is the Chevrolet Equinox. Sold side-by-side with the TrailBlazer, the Equinox is powered by a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine and offers more standard amenities. Because of its tech and interior upgrades, you have to look for an Equinox that is older than a similarly priced TrailBlazer.
The Tuscon is the best SUV the Korean manufacturer makes. Surprisingly, it also falls into the category of cars under $5000. You can find the base model units well under our $5000 cap, but we would encourage you to step up to the Limited or SE trim levels. Both offer a 2.7L V6 that is both powerful and durable while still featuring the best tech and comfort options available from the manufacturer at the time.
However, the plug-in model comes with the 60-hp electric motor while the conventional hybrid boasts a 43-hp unit. Thanks to an 8.9 kWh battery pack below the rear bench, the plug-in hybrid Kia Niro allows up to 26 miles of all-electric range. It’s rated at 105 MPGe according to the EPA. This makes it the most efficient hybrid SUV 2019 will have to offer.
Older Mitsubishi offerings are notorious for their weak transmissions with the exception of the Outlander. In addition to being equipped with a proven tough transmission and a 3.0L V6, the higher trim levels of the Mitsubishi Outlander offer optional AWD. All trim levels of the Outlander can be found for under $5000, but opting for units with the middle trim level will allow you to get fairly new SUV with a respectable number of features.