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10 Cheapest SUVs of 2021

A brand new SUV may be more affordable than you thought. The growing segment of subcompact SUVs has some attractive offerings that are affordable, versatile, and fuel-efficient. The level of refinement, technology, and comfort you can get in an SUV with a price tag under $22,000 is very impressive in 2021.

Here are the 10 cheapest SUVs of 2021, ranked by the MSRP of each base model.

2020 Kia Soul

1. 2021 Kia Soul — $17,590

The Kia Soul is a perennial favorite for its spunky character, impressive interior space, and super affordable price tag. The Soul is an interesting alternative to a cheap subcompact car and it’s the most affordable SUV of 2021. Find a 2021 Kia Soul for sale

2020 Hyundai Venue

2. 2021 Hyundai Venue — $18,750

The Hyundai Venue could be accurately described as a budget Mini Cooper. Its boxy look and available white roof make it stand out from the crowd while a low starting price makes it accessible to a wide range of drivers. Find a 2021 Hyundai Venue for sale

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Front Left in Red

3. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer — $19,000

The Chevrolet Trailblazer name has returned for the 2021 model year, this time in the form of a subcompact crossover. It’s the most affordable entry in Chevy’s wide range of SUVs and we love it for its modern look, roomy interior, and nice list of standard features. This is the cheapest SUV on our list with available all-wheel drive. Find a 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer for sale


4. 2021 Nissan Kicks — $19,500

The Nissan Kicks gets a refresh for 2021 that includes an updated aesthetic, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and some new available tech features like an 8-inch touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster, and adaptive cruise control. This update makes the Kicks more competitive while still keeping the pricing affordable. Find a 2021 Nissan Kicks for sale

2020 Ford EcoSport

5. 2021 Ford EcoSport — $19,995

Ford has been heavily shifting its focus towards SUVs over the last few years and the most affordable of the bunch is the little EcoSport. It has some interesting quirks like a swing-out rear door that accesses a cargo bay with above-average space for the subcompact class. Find a 2021 Ford EcoSport for sale

2020 Hyundai Kona

6. 2021 Hyundai Kona — $20,500

The Hyundai Kona is a particularly stylish crossover that will make your friends think you paid more than you really did. It has an impressive level of interior refinement and it offers some nice creature comforts for its price point. Even the more loaded upper trims are still pretty affordable. Find a 2021 Hyundai Kona for sale

2020 Mazda CX-3

7. 2021 Mazda CX-3 — $20,790

The Mazda CX-3 only has one trim available which makes it an easy SUV to shop for. You just pick the color and whether you want AWD. The CX-3 carries the Mazda characteristic of a surprising fun-to-drive factor for an SUV while offering an impressive list of standard safety tech features. Find a 2021 Mazda CX-3 for sale


8. 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport — $20,995

The affordable Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets some newly standard safety features for 2021 including forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams. Other virtues of this crossover include a roomy cargo hold, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a good warranty. Find a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for sale

2020 Honda HR-V

9. 2021 Honda HR-V — $21,220

The efficient Honda HR-V is cleverly packaged in a way that yields a lot of interior space for a subcompact SUV. The Honda Magic Seat system makes it easy to configure the interior for hauling bulkier or longer items. Versatility and good fuel economy make the HR-V a practical choice in its competitive class. Find a 2021 Honda HR-V for sale

2020 Chevrolet Trax

10. 2021 Chevrolet Trax — $21,400

Shoppers looking for a practical small SUV at an affordable price should consider the Chevrolet Trax. It has the nimble maneuverability of a subcompact hatchback and a modern standard infotainment system that’s easy to use. Available AWD adds to its versatility. Find a 2021 Chevrolet Trax for sale

Cheapest SUVs of 2021
  1. 2021 Kia Soul $17,590
  2. 2021 Hyundai Venue $18,750
  3. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer $19,000
  4. 2021 Nissan Kicks $19,500
  5. 2021 Ford EcoSport $19,995
  6. 2021 Hyundai Kona $20,500
  7. 2021 Mazda CX-3 $20,790
  8. 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport $20,995
  9. 2021 Honda HR-V $21,220
  10. 2021 Chevrolet Trax $21,400

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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