Top 10 Reliable Used SUVs Under $25,000

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ’10 BEST Used SUV’s Under $25,000 That Are Reliable And Worth Every Dollar’ by Car Help Corner

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List of 10 reliable SUVs under $25,000: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, Acura RDX, Lexus RX 350, Subaru Forester & Outback, Honda HR-V, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5.

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  • The video lists 10 reliable SUVs that can be bought for under $25,000.
  • The Honda Pilot is a spacious three-row SUV known for its reliability.
  • The Toyota Highlander has a strong reputation for reliability and can last for high mileage.
  • The Acura MDX is the luxurious version of the Honda Pilot, offering comfort and reliability.
  • The Acura RDX is an excellent value with a naturally aspirated V6 engine known for reliability.
  • The Lexus RX 350 is a reliable luxury SUV that can last for a long time.
  • The Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback are both reliable choices, with the Forester offering more power options.
  • The Honda HR-V is a fuel-efficient and reliable smaller SUV.
  • The Honda CR-V is a best-selling crossover with a strong reputation for reliability.
  • The Toyota RAV4 is another highly reliable SUV and one of the best sellers in its category.
  • The Mazda CX-5 is the top pick, offering reliability, fuel economy, and a great driving experience.

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What are 10 of the best, most reliable SUVs that you can buy for under $25,000? That’s what we’re gonna find out.

Welcome to Carl’s Corner, where we help you, the consumer, master the process of car buying and car ownership.

For this video, I’m gonna share 10 of the best SUVs that you can purchase used for under $25,000. They’ll provide many years of reliable service with minimal repairs. I’m also gonna share which specific model years that you should focus on, so you’re gonna know which ones are the most trouble-free of all.

But before we get into it, remember, if you enjoy and get value out of this video, make sure to subscribe and turn on the notifications.

So let’s start the list off with the first SUV in the number 10 spot, which is the Honda Pilot. If you’re looking for a larger, more spacious three-row SUV, then the Honda Pilot is definitely one of the safest ones that you can go for. It has been on the market since 2003, and since that time, has built a very solid reputation when it comes to reliability. Although there have been a few issues here and there over the years, for the most part, this has been a fairly trouble-free SUV that you really don’t have to worry too much about.

For a budget of under $25,000, the best model years to look at are those between 2012 and 2015. As with all Pilots, you get a super reliable and well-proven, naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 engine that gives you decent performance and also very good towing capacity. Now even though this is a reliable engine, this is a timing belt engine, so if you are buying one of these with higher mileage, it would be best to find one that’s already had the timing belt replaced, in which case you should have a very durable SUV that should last you a really long time.

It’s spacious, it’s practical, and it’s built to last. So if you’re looking for a well-designed, reliable SUV on a budget, this is a really good one to look at.

But the same could also be said of the next SUV in the number 9 spot, which is the Toyota Highlander. Toyota has been making the Highlander since 2001, and for most of that time it has had one of the strongest reputations for reliability on the market. It’s really not hard to find owners of early Highlanders who have racked up 200, even 300,000 miles without having any major problems.

But if you are looking for one of these for under $25,000, the best model years to focus on are those that were made between 2012 and 2016. At this point, the Highlander was a very well-sorted SUV with a super reliable, naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 engine and a solid 6-speed automatic transmission. This was also just before Toyota introduced their 8-speed automatic in 2017, which was a bit problematic in the first few years. In any case, those years would be out of this price range.

But even if you’re buying a pilot that’s around 10 years old that’s been well-maintained, it should provide very reliable service for a really long time. For a safe, well-made 3-row SUV, they really don’t come much better than the Highlander.

But if you want something that’s a bit more comfortable and luxurious, then you can also get quite a bit of value with the next SUV in the number 8 spot, which is the Acura MDX. The MDX is essentially the Acura version of the Honda Pilot, using the exact same mechanicals, engine, and transmission. Which means it uses the same reliable 3.5 liter V6 Honda engine, which are known to last for hundreds of thousands of miles. But because this is an Acura, the MDX is more comfortable and more luxurious than the Pilot. And they’re really quite a good value on the used car market, really not costing too much more than a comparable Highlander or Pilot.

For under $25,000, you should be able to find one in the range of 2012 to 2015 with reasonable mileage, which were all very solid years. And if you find one that’s been well-maintained, chances are it should last you for many years to come.

But if you don’t need to have a big SUV with three rows of seats, and don’t mind something that’s a little bit smaller, then you’re also going to get a lot of value with the next SUV in the number 7 spot, which is the Acura RDX. The RDX is an excellent value if you’re shopping for a used SUV.

The second generation, made between 2013 and 2018, are an especially good buy. This was the only generation when the RDX used a naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 engine, instead of a turbo four-cylinder engine, which were used in the first and third generation. And that V6 engine makes this a very comfortable, great driving SUV, also delivering amazing reliability.

Now, even though all years from that generation are great, if you’re shopping for under $25,000, the best ones to focus on are those that were made between 2016 and 2018. Acura made a lot of great updates during this time, adding a lot of desirable active safety features. And by 2016, the RDX was a very well-sorted SUV. So even if you’re buying one with higher mileage, you should have a very reliable vehicle that should last you a long time.

But there is another luxury SUV that’s also a great buy for under $25,000, and that one is the Lexus RX 350. If you want a safe, reliable, well-made luxury SUV, the RX 350 is easily one of the best ones that you can buy. And even though for under $25,000, you will have to go for an older one, somewhere between 2010 and 2015, you should still have a solid SUV that has a lot of life left in it. Just as with the Highlander, we have a naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, a super durable drivetrain that can easily rack up huge mileage without having any major issues.

If anything, because this is a Lexus, which is known for build quality more than anything else, it should be even longer lasting than the Highlander. So if you want reliable luxury on a budget, the RX is definitely the one to have.

And now moving away from luxury SUVs

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ’10 BEST Used SUV’s Under $25,000 That Are Reliable And Worth Every Dollar’ by Car Help Corner