05 best affordable SUVs you can buy


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Love rugged SUVs but don't have such a generous budget? No problem, check out 5 affordable SUVs that deliver wonderful driving experience!

In love with the massive SUVs but do not have the finance needed to buy luxurious one? That shouldn't keep you up at night! Since the alternatives for such models are available in the Nigeria market right now, you can still get yourself one great deal out of these five economy names below.

These SUVs had been reviewed by many experts based on actual tests on different road and weather conditions such as highways, potholes, and specific criteria by the trusted website Consumer Reports.

1. Chevrolet Traverse

Redesigned for the model year 2018, the Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with a quiet interior, smooth driving sensation and its level of responsiveness, allowing the driver to react swiftly in any sort of events, making this car a good alternative for larger SUVs like the Suburban. In addition, Chevrolet Traverse is also a formidable competitor in the 3-row seats SUV segment. The 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers powerful performance and quick acceleration. The front and rear seats of the car are amongst the most spacious. Unlike in other vehicles, where the third row is usually utilized for children and/or storing belongings, the one in Chevrolet Traverse is even sufficient for a full-grown adult. Not to mention the owner can choose the 8-seat option when buying Chevrolet Traverse.

A Chevrolet Trarverse

The third row of the Chevrolet Traverse has enough space for an even full-grown adult 

The vehicle entertainment system is also easy to use and easy to understand. However, there is a negative point worth mentioning is the $ 50,000 Premier Chevrolet Traverse is furnished with furniture that's not so "premier". The standard safety features of this car include a feature for teen drivers who should be focused on safety and a rear seat reminder system to prevent children being left in a closed car. The frontal collision warning system and automatic emergency braking are available on the most expensive version of the Chevrolet Traverse.

2. Dodge Durango

If there's something to say about the driving experience in Dodge Durango, it is smoothness and comfort. Both sensational and practical. Other adjectives could be used here are spacious and quiet. The Dodge Durango is an impressive combination of versatile design with ergonomics.

Dodge Durango uses shares the same chassis with the Jeep Grand Cherokee but is a bit longer and comes with a third seat row. The responsiveness of the car is quite agile while the 8-speed automatic transmission makes the transmission of the motor's power to the wheels smooth and without delay. Most buyers will probably feel happy about its V6 engine.

a Dodge Durango

The 8-speed automatic gearbox will give you a seamless driving experience

UConnect entertainment system with 8.4- inch screen of Dodge Durango is one of the best systems today and very easy to control. The luggage compartment is very wide and the towing capacity is more than 450 - 900 kg compared to other competitors. This is the advantage of the Dodge Durango over others. However, limited visibility is a notable minus point of this model.

3. Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a stylish three-seater SUV and also very fun to drive. The feel of driving the Mazda CX-9 is comfortable since the interior is very quiet. This Mazda's top SUV has the ability to respond as quickly as a smaller car. The interior of the car is well done, especially in the high-end pieces of equipment, plus a neat cabin with comfortable seats.

The 227 horsepower comes from a 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, coupled with a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine can even reach 250 horsepower capacity if high-end fuel is employed but the most majority of consumers don't need to do so.


The Mazda CX-9 will feature the frontal collision warning technology and emergency braking

While the second row was quite spacious, the third row was cramped, as expected by many car experts and buyers. The Mazda's entertainment system, which is operated through rotary shift knobs, will likely give the owner some hard times when he or she firsts learn how to use it. The 2018 model will feature standard safety features such as frontal collision warning and automatic slow-speed emergency braking.

4. Subaru Crosstrek

Crosstrek had turned Subaru's Impreza hatchback into a small SUV. And naturally, it inherits all of the predecessor's upgrades, including better fuel economy, improved driving sensation and reduced interior noise.

Subaru Crosstrek's 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine works very well and does not overheat too easily. The variable gearbox of the car works similarly to the conventional automatic type but still amplifies the engine sound when the car accelerates beyond a certain point. The responsiveness of the car brings a sense of peace of mind but comes with a cost, the lack of "sporty feel".

An orange Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek is a lightweight SUV that inherited all the upgrades of its predecessors

The Subaru Crosstrek entertainment system is relatively convenient and user-friendly. Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance technology is an option, including auto-brake emergency, lane departure warning, and lane assistance. Other safety features of the car include a blind spot warning and a crosswalks warning when going in reverse. Subaru Crosstrek is an attractive option for those who do not need a big SUV like the Forester.

5. Ford Edge

This model from Ford would make your money worth, even comparable to those luxurious SUVs from the glamorous western manufacturers. The Ford edge is developed based on the sedan model, Fusion, which is highly recommended by the naijauto. They say this is a bang for your bucks. The Ford Edge bring about a stable, comfortable driving experience, along with its ability to veer and react quickly.

a Ford Edge from a rear view

Ford Edge is probably the best bang for your bucks

There is seemingly another world inside of the Ford Edge, with the atmosphere unbelievably calm, spacious interior with ample back and rear seat rows.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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