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Best SUVs You Can Buy Under $30k

Best SUVs under 30K

It’s no secret that we love our SUVs – their sheer on-road presence, the commanding God’s view of the road, their go-anywhere capability. Here is a list of SUVs you should be considering if you’re in the market for one below $30k.

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is definitely a good looker and you can pick one up for just under $29,000. For your money, you will get a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder engine that puts out 245 bhp. This powertrain delivers sufficient performance in almost all situations and returns mileage figures of 20 mpg (city) and 29 mpg (highway), which are some of the highest in its segment.

The Ford Edge is well equipped, roomy (especially at the back), and boasts of high safety ratings as well.

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Hyundai Santa Fe

From an ugly duckling, the Hyundai Santa Fe has metamorphosed into one very aesthetic SUV.

For your money, Hyundai does not force you to scrimp on features. The standard list itself includes a touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, a decent sound system and a 6/7 seater layout.

The ride of this SUV is extremely comfortable as well. Power for the base model comes from a 2.4 litre, 185 bhp motor that is rated to 18/25 mpg (city/highway).

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Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best SUVs in its class, and that’s no mean feat as it had to overcome some formidable competition. You can pick one up for just over $24,000, which is excellent value for money.

Its 2.5 litre engine produces 187 bhp, which is frugal (24/31 mpg, city/highway), but it isn’t big on speed. However, Mazda has worked their magic on the CX-5 and its handling agility is fantastic.

You also get a passenger cabin that has a premium feel and a rather generous options list.

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Nissan Murano

The new 2017 Murano is undeniably the funkiest looking SUV in this list and it barely makes it into this list as it costs just a fraction below the $30,000 mark for its base trim level.

The 2017 Nissan Murano will appeal to buyers due to a combination of factors such as its upmarket and gadget-filled interior and its sumptuously comfortable seating. It’s also worth pointing out that although the 2017 Murano is driven by a 3.5 litre, 260 hp, V6 engine, it still manages to return 21/28 mpg (city/highway)!

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Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has always been one of the best SUVs in its class, and the 2017 version is no different. You can buy a new CR-V for under $25,000 and for that, you get an SUV that will get you a much further distance than most of its rivals between fuel pit-stops.

As it is a CR-V, you will also have the luxury of sitting in one of the most spacious SUVs of its class as well. It’s 2.4 litre, 184 bhp engine may not be a beast, but it more than makes up for it being incredibly frugal.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is rated at 26/32 mpg (city/highway), and its turbocharged version is even more efficient.

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Kia Sorento

The 2017 Kia Sorento has been designed seemingly with a substantial American influence. The vehicle looks masculine and its square front profile along with details such as its superb quad fog lamp clusters give it an aggressive appearance.

For a snatch over $25,000, you can have the new Sorento with 2.4 litre, 185 bhp engine. Although it’s rather efficient, we would recommend going for either a turbocharged or a larger engine, as the Sorento has some excellent powertrain options.

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2017 BMW 330i GT Review And Overview

At the intersection of power and efficiency, the iconic BMW 3 Series is indeed the “Ultimate Driving Machine” in its price range, and the 2017 BMW 330i GT is a case- in-point.

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The BMW 3 series Gran Turismo was first introduced in 2013. The GT is a larger hatchback version of the 3 series, comes with a longer wheelbase, and is both taller, and wider than a normal 3 series.

Performance and Powertrain

The 2017 BMW 330i GT takes just 5.4 seconds to cross 0-60 mph, and comes with a top speed of 155 mph. The 3301 GT is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder generating 248-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1450 rpm, incorporating BMW’s award-winning High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic and Double-VANOS technologies. The powertrain comes with “fly-by-wire” Electronic throttle control.

The 340i gets a 3.0-liter turbo straight six generating 320 hp and 330 lb-ft. of torque at 1380rpm.  BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology and Double-VANOS step less variable valve timing ensures that turbo lag has been virtually eliminated.

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Trims and Packages

Most of the 2017 BMW 330i GT updates can be found under the hood. New trims have been added. Buyers can choose from the 330i xDrive, or the 340i xDrive. xDrive is BMW’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System which monitors road conditions and sends power to the wheel with the surest grip, working in tandem with the vehicle’s Dynamic Stability Control.

New 19 inch wheels, matte chrome exterior trim, and LED headlights are standard. Optional packages have also seen slight changes, with improved connectivity features. For instance, the technology Package comes with a Head Up Display (HUD), Navigation, and Real-Time Traffic Information with Remote Services.

Sculpted Design

The 3 series have always been superbly well designed visually and mechanically. The all-new 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has a sculpted, dynamic design that gives great characteristics to the front and rear, as well as a heightened impression of class.

The new, standard-fitted LED headlights and the LED front fog lamps help lend the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo a more sporty appearance. The car now has a much broader stance on the road. The combination of updated LED rear lights and more tasteful lines bring a sophisticated and intelligent styling to the rear end.

A Moon roof with electric slide and lift control comes standard, while heated seats are optional. The GT comes with 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 56.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down, and a power tailgate.

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Safety

Advanced safety systems in the 2017 BMW 330i GT include Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS), front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS), dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment, and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment.

The 2017 BMW 330i GT also offers seat-mounted front side-impact airbags as well as knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Front safety belts come with automatic pre-tensioners.

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2017 Ford Focus RS Review : Hot Hatch

Created to rival the likes of the Subaru WRX STI, the Mini Cooper S and the formidable VW Golf R, the new 2017 Ford Focus RS holds great promise.

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Take a look at the new 2017 Ford Focus RS images and you will realize that it is a beast totally unlike the standard Focus – a sensible, practical little car that works well as a city runabout.

The design and development of this new hatchback drew influence from one of the best names in the world of motorsport, Ken Block.

With his inputs, Ford was able to tune and refine the new Focus RS so well that it overshadows every version of itself that has ever been sold in its history, which is no mean feat.

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“Hot Hatch”

The term “hot hatch” has always been a favorite among driving enthusiasts ever since its widespread fame came about in the UK way back in the 1980s. For almost four decades, the first hot hatchback of them all, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, set a competitive benchmark.

Mustang Power

This new 2017 Ford Focus RS gets an all-wheel drive layout for the first time. Under its hood lives a 2.3 liter, 4 cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the iconic Ford Mustang. It delivers 350 hp and a peak torque of 475 Nm. The power is harnessed by a 6 speed manual transmission that sends the drive to all of the car’s 19 inch rims.

The powertrain is smart as well, thanks to Ford’s torque vectoring system that allows power to be sent to whichever corner that has the best traction.

0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds

With all this available at the flex of your right foot, you could hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. Keep the throttle pedal pinned to the floor and the Focus RS will rocket to a top speed of 165 mph. True to its RS moniker, the car even has a drift mode. Hit the button and the engine’s power is redirected to the rear wheels, allowing you to light ‘em up and take every corner sideways.

Take a close look at the 2017 Ford Focus RS photos – Ford has gone to great lengths to make the car look as aggressive as possible. Although the sculpted bonnet and the doors with a single character line running along them look clean and dignified, the front grille of the car looks wicked with its wide grille and air dam. The blacked out alloys add on to the sinister theme as well.

The 2017 Ford Focus RS pictures from the rear show that it is dominated by its substantial spoiler and rear diffuser. Don’t miss out on those beautiful, chrome-tipped twin exhausts either.

The sporty theme is carried over to the interior as well. Simply take a look at the all-black color scheme used on the inside of the car in these 2017 Ford Focus RS images, and you would be hard-pressed to dislike it. Certain details such as the flat-bottomed steering wheel, the color multi information display (MID) nestled within the instrument binnacle, and the three auxiliary gauges mounted atop the center console stand out as well.

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Sporty Interiors

Ford designers knew that in addition to going fast, the car also needs to provide the comfort expected from a modern hatchback. Even a quick glance inside the 2017 Ford Focus RS shows that the interior is undeniably a nice place.Features such as a 10 speaker sound system, a dual zone climate control, a proximity key, cruise control, sports seats by Recaro and a Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8 inch touchscreen are part of standard equipment.

2017 Ford Focus RS Safety Features

Being a fast car, safety has been given a very high priority as well. The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes included with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, emergency assist, a reversing camera, Ford MyKey system, tyre pressure monitoring, electronic stability control (ESC) and much more.

Considering every department, the 2017 Ford Focus RS is a complete package. It looks great, has tons of gadgets and delivers sportscar levels of performance at a fraction of the cost.

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Infiniti’s new crossover: the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport review

A sleek and powerful premium crossover built on the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Platform. Expect a stiffer chassis and plenty of torque in a package that will delight most crossover buyers.

infiniti_17qx30sod1a_angularfrontThe 2017 Infiniti QX 30 Sport includes a redesigned front and rear bumper, grained side sills, as well as chrome bodywork accents, and an increase in ride height and ground clearance.

Infiniti’s new “premium active crossover” has a luxurious and sporty feel about it, which makes it very distinctive from the other crossovers in its class. In fact, the QX30 looks as if Infiniti has crossed both Japanese and European styling to create a beautiful looking crossover that performs well when the roads turns curvy.

 

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The 2017 Infiniti QX 30 Sport is quite unique and different from the other QX30 trims. Expect a very aggressive and sporty front-end styling, strong contoured bodylines, as well as beautifully swept roof and hood lines.

The Sport trim is only available in front wheel drive, while most of Infiniti and the Mercedes platforms use rear wheel drive. A sport tuned suspension, 19 inch 5 Point starred rims that look really good on the car, lower fascias for the front and rear, blacked out grille, and a Bose sound system come standard.

You can’t deny the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport is one well- designed and good-looking crossover.

infiniti_17qx30sod1a_dashboardMerc Platform and Powertrain, Infiniti Infotainment System

The 2017 Infiniti QX 30 Sport is heavily based on Mercedes-Benz components. Borrowing from the Mercedes’ GLA class, the QX30 uses the same platform, and power train as its European counterpart.

Sharing the same chassis and 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, dual clutch transmission, key fob, and door mounted seat controls, a lot of the Infiniti QX30 has Merc stamped all over it, including much of the interior. However Infiniti still uses its own infotainment system.

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2017 BMW 320i review: The Turbocharged 3 Series

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Since its origin in the mid 70’s, the 3 series has been BMW’s best selling model, and the 2017 BMW 320i exemplifies the reason why!

Starting out as a two door compact sedan known as the E21, the 3 series was later redesigned to become the best-sellingF30 sedan. Meanwhile itnotched up some significant awards and recognition over the past 25 years. Car and Driver had placed the 3 series on the Ten Best list 22 times, and Grassroots Motorsports had named the 3 series the second most important performance car built, within the last 25 years.

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The Turbocharged Sixth Generation

The 6th generation BMW 3 Series known as the F30/F31 were the first ones to get turbocharged engines throughout the entire BMW3 series range. While the BMW3 series is no longer available as a coupe, the BMW 3 series sedan still represents the balance of luxury and performance, but has definitely shown a sense of softness over the years.

A slew of significant changes have been made under the hood. The base trim level is the 2017 BMW 320i, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder.

The 2017 BMW 320i is a great looking car, with its sleek sporty/ luxurious design, its no wonder it’s the best looking sedan in the market. BMW has done slight styling adjustments over the past few years, but not much to make a huge change.

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Features Galore

The 2017 BMW 320i features 17-inch alloy wheels along with run-flat tires, automatic headlights, fog lights, remote keyless entry, push-button start, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way manual adjustable front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS review: 50 Years of the Iconic American Muscle Car

The Chevrolet Camaro SS, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has always been an iconic American muscle car ever since its origin in the 60’s. Today’s “American muscle” may not be like its counterparts from back in the day, but they are still very high performance vehicles with all the modern tech and gadgets around.

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The sixth generation 2017 Camaro SS has been given a very aggressive body style. It definitely looks like a modern day sports muscle car. Everything from the front headlights to the grille, and much more has all been redone since the previous generation, and it looks really good.

chevrolet_17camarossco6a_angularrearV8 Engine, 20-inch wheels, Run-Flat Tires, and more

The 2017Chevrolet Camaro SS is packed with a 455-hp 6.2-literV8 engine, 20-inch wheels with run-flat tires, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential on both manual and automatic transmissions, automatic xenon headlights, a rear spoiler, a Track driving mode, sport-tuned suspension and upgraded multifunction display behind the steering wheel.

chevrolet_17camarossco6a_dashboardThe Camaro however faces the same issue as its previous generation – with a very small and confined windshield size, visibility isn’t the best from inside the cabin.

2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition

A special 50th anniversary edition is also available,with a“Fifty” badging throughout the exterior and interior, an exterior stripe, special wheels, brakes, and more.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback and G4 Sedan Review: It’s Comeback Time

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered in both compact hatchback, and sedan styles. The hatch style is known strictly as the mirage, while the sedan is known as the G4.

Both models have their respective trim levels,with the Mirage hatchback coming in ES, SE, and GT trims, and the G4 sedan, in ES and SE trims.

mitsubishi_17mirageg41a_angularfrontThe 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a small subcompact 4 door hatchback. After a yearlong hiatus from the market, the 2017 Mirage returns with a pretty solid list of revisions. Some of the new revisions include new front and rear bumpers, headlights/ taillights, and higher quality of materials inside the car have been changed as well.

The most significant and noticeable revisions of the 2017 Mirage are the front and rear bumpers, which take on a very masculine look. The headlights and taillights have a more modern look and sleekness to them. The inside cabin space receives more gloss black trim, a new steering wheel, and gray cloth upholstery, as well as new technology features that now include Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

mitsubishi_17mirageg41a_angularrearThe 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan

The G4 is basically the twin version of the mirage compact hatch, however it is offered as a subcompact sedan. The G4 does benefit as much as the mirage, with the new 2017 revisions.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Trims

The ES is the base entry level trim for the Mirage and comes standard with 14-inch steel wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, LED taillights, full power accessories, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB and auxiliary audio inputs.
The next step up is the SE. The SE adds alloy wheels, fog lights, rearview camera, keyless start and entry, cruise control, a height adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and shift knob, and Bluetooth connectivity. A 6.5-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and upgraded interior trim accents are also included.

mitsubishi_17mirageg41a_dashboardThe GT, which is the top of the line trim, adds everything from the SE plus15-inchalloy wheels instead of the 14-inch on the SE.  Xenon headlights and heated front seats are also standard.

Mirage G4 ES includes all of the same features as the regular Mirage ES hatch. The SE G4 has all of the same components as the SE hatch as well.

You can browse the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan pictures here.

2017 Subaru Forester Limited ES Review: Updated Looks and Safety Features

Remember the WRX STI? Subaru has always done a great job creating phenomenal cars ever since the early nineties. As a kid all I wanted to do was get behind the wheel of a World Rally Cross WRX. Branching out to more family and traveling oriented consumers, Subaru began to develop the Forester.

subaru_17foresterlimitedod4a_angularfrontThe Fourth Generation Forester

The SubaruForester was first unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show in 1995 as a concept, and eventually arrived at the showrooms in 1997.Jumping all the way to the most recent 4th generation model, the Subaru Forester receives a nice list of updates.

The 2017 Subaru Forester has brought along a newer, more broadened list of features, less cabin noise, and a quicker steering response. The Eyesight feature has also been updated. As for new safetyfeatures, the SubaruForester adds lane-departure intervention and blind spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert.

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The automatic high-beam headlight control is also a newly available feature, as are adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking. The previous 2016 Forester Subaru had also added some new styling revisions, which include new headlights, taillights, a freshened front end, and grille.

subaru_17foresterlimitedod4a_dashboardThe 2.5i limited

The 2.5i limited comes standard with some really convenient features, such as the All-Weather package, CVT, fog lights and a power lift gate. The 2017 Forester further adds automatic headlights, upgraded side mirrors with integrated turn signals, different dashboard trim, leather upholstery and a cargo area tray. The 2.5i Limited is optioned with Eyesight. It also adds the upgraded instrument cluster and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Restyled Exteriors, Adaptive Cruise Control, and More

For 2017, Hyundai’s famous Santa Fe returns with a freshened front and rear styling that is sure to turn heads, along with a list of feature updates.

hyundai_17santafeltdult3a_angularfrontSome of the updates included in the 2017 Santa Fe are a height adjustment for the power passenger seat, a larger 5-inch standard display and an available 7-inch touch screen with Android Auto.

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The Santa Fe offers new safety features such as adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, an electronic parking brake, 360-degree parking camera, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.

The Santa Fe also has a list of useful traits, such as a hands-free power lift gate. The cabin has a very roomy interior, and features a sleek, almost futuristic looking dashboard.

hyundai_17santafeltdult3a_dashboardStandard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler, a windshield wiper de-icer only available with the all wheel drive version, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, a telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, 5-inch display screen, as well as a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe: Affordable Track-Ready Sports Car

A beautiful modern masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship with a track -ready performance like no other, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C is a very unique choice for a sports car.

Inspired by the 60’s racing efforts and the 33 Stradale, the 4C is a beautiful work of art, composed entirely of scoops and curves.  Alfa’s trademark sloping beaked overbite hood, very unique cat-eyed side glass, and round LED taillights stand out.

alfaromeo_164cco1a_angularfrontThe 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C comes with a few upgraded features. There are some new carbon-fiber trim options, and the standard sound system has been upgraded for a fresh look.

A new dual mode exhaust is also available as an option.

60 MPH in 4.4 Seconds

The 4C still features its dual clutch gearbox. It may only produce 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 4 cylinder, but don’t let that trick you. The 4C can reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds and keeps up with some of the best exotics in the corners.

alfaromeo_164cco1a_angularrearHowever, there are a few trade-offs. With a very stiff suspension and chassis made for a day at the track, you would be feeling every little bump on the road on your daily commute. This might not be the best choice for your daily ride.

No Power Steering

Another thing that doesn’treally bother me is the lack of power steering. The good thing about it is that you really get the sense and feeling of being behind the wheel of a racecar. This could be an issue for daily driving however, because it can be quite a workout.

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Alfa designed the 4C with a beautiful aggressive sounding engine note; cabin noise is however pretty loud due to this, and the rear window is so tiny you can barely see out of it.

Affordable Race Car

The affordability of the 4C does come with some amazing features; technology is on par with some high-end exotics such as Ferrari, and with a full carbon-fiber tub on the interior. You can’t beat the $55,000 sticker price,with thecompetition literally priced four times higher.