7 Affordable Performance SUVs According to CarBuzz

Industry: Automotive

Hot SUVs you can buy on a budget

New York, NY (PRUnderground) June 7th, 2021

Since the hot hatch segment is slowly dying out and crossovers are the most popular vehicles in the US, some brands have developed performance crossovers focusing on driver enjoyment. With a variety of hot SUVs available amongst the used cars for sale in the US, CarBuzz identified seven affordable options, if the pricier Hyundai Kona N is out of your budget. 

2014-2018 Audi SQ5

Debuting in 2014, the SQ5 hit US shores sporting a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, which was upgraded in 2018 to a supercharged motor with 369 lb-ft. Today you can find a used Audi for sale from the SQ5 lineup for under $30k. 


2009-2014 Infiniti FX50 (QX70)

The FX50 is one of the most underrated SUVs; a one-of-a-kind V8 variant with 390 hp and 369 lb-ft could hit 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds. Rebranded in 2014 to QX70, which also had a one-model-year V8, these are especially rare. A pre-owned FX50 can cost between $15k and $25k. 

2013-2017 Nissan Juke Nismo

And what about used Nissan? Some credit is due to the Juke Nismo as the precursor to the Hyundai Kona N. The RS version had outputs of 215 hp and 211 lb-ft, and boasted improved suspension, brakes, and Recaro seats. A used Nissan Juke Nismo goes for around $15k these days.

2013-2015 BMW X1

While there was no X1 M, the first-generation X1 had a sport xDrive 35i model with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. A used BMW for sale from the X1 range costs between $10k and $25k on the used car market. 

2013-2016 Mini Countryman JCW

Beloved for its entertaining driving characteristics, the Countryman John Cooper Works needs 6.6 seconds to get to 60 mph, and has a turbo four-pot with 208 hp and 192 lb-ft. A used version ranges in price from $15k to $30k. 

2008-2010 Chevrolet HHR SS

Not quite an SUV or crossover, the odd-looking HHR SS rides the coattails of the Chrysler PT Cruiser. With 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, it has a mid-six-second sprint to 60 mph. The manual variant is extremely rare, though they cost under $10k used. 

2006-2012 Toyota RAV (V6)

A simple, reliable, and still popular crossover, the RAV4 offered a V6 mill in its third-generation guise and had 269 hp on tap. These can be found now for as little as $5k, or as much as $20k. 

For more information: https://carbuzz.com/features/cant-afford-a-hyundai-kona-n-here-are-7-cheaper-hot-suvs 

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