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7 Great New SUVs Under $40,000 for 2019

Modern SUVs come in so many different shapes and sizes that you might be surprised by how many different ones meet at around the same price point. From small luxury crossovers to hybrid family SUVs, there are a lot of attractive offerings in SUVs that are pretty close to the new car transaction price which is in the mid-$30,000 range.

Here are seven great new SUVs you can get for under $40,000 in 2019. We’ve noted each one’s starting price including destination charges.

Acura RDX

Acura RDX – $38,395

Fully redesigned for 2019, the Acura RDX is no longer a Honda CR-V wearing a nice suit. This compact luxury crossover now rides on its own dedicated platform with its own exciting turbocharged engine that isn’t shared with its old Honda counterpart. On top of its killer styling, the new RDX delivers sharp handling, a nice, roomy interior with supportive seats and a generous host of the latest technology. Find an Acura RDX for sale

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee – $33,440

The Jeep Grand Cherokee holds up well to its off-road heritage without sacrificing on-road competency. It’s the midsize family SUV that can actually do some pretty serious off-roading when equipped with 4-wheel drive, especially in the Trailhawk trim. No matter which of the wide variety of trims you choose from, this Jeep has great engines, a classy interior, and the excellent Uconnect infotainment systems that is one of the best in the business. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota Highlander Hybrid – $38,265

The Toyota Highlander is already a great 3-row midsize SUV for families and the hybrid variant makes a good crossover even better. It has all of the virtues of the gas-powered Highlander like an upscale interior, lots of standard safety tech and reliability you would expect from Toyota. The icing on the cake is tremendous fuel economy, which is even better in the city than it is on the highway, making it great for running errands around town. Did we mention the hybrid model comes standard with all-wheel driveFind an Toyota Highlander Hybrid for sale

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50 – $37,545

After taking a year off, the Infiniti QX50 is back and all-new for 2019 with an interesting new VC-Turbo engine that uses clever variable compression engineering to optimize both performance and efficiency. It’s also quite spacious on the inside with some of the best cargo space in its class and especially comfortable front seats. We also like the sharp new look that makes the QX50 stand out in a crowded field. Find an Infiniti QX50 for sale

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9 – $33,325

There’s a lot of competition in 3-row crossovers and the CX-9 stands out as one of the best. It has a premium look inside and out and simply one of the best interiors at this price point. Since its starting price is in the low-$30k range, you can get the mid-range Touring trim, which adds leather seats that are heated in front and more safety tech and still spend less than $40k. The CX-9 also has the fun-to-drive factor that Mazda has a well-earned reputation for. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale

Honda Passport

Honda Passport – $33,035

The Honda Passport is back for 2019 after a long hiatus and it’s better than ever. This midsize SUV has some off-road attitude and the capability to back it up when equipped with AWD. A couple of things that come standard are a strong V6 engine and the Honda Sensing safety tech suite. If you’re shopping for a Passport under $40k, we recommend adding AWD and the EX-L trim, which gives you leather seats, a power moonroof, Android Auto and Apple CarPlayFind a Honda Passport for sale

Cadillac XT4

Cadillac XT4 – $35,790

The new Cadillac XT4 offers a nice blend of luxury, versatility and value, which is what a lot of drivers are looking for in new SUVs. A lot of SUVs in this class leave a bit to be desired in terms of backseat legroom, but the XT4 has excellent legroom in the back making it usable as a family car. We also like the turbocharged engine that’s potent enough to be fun to drive while still returning good fuel economy. It all makes for a really well-balanced luxury crossover. Find a Cadillac XT4 for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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