New vehicle prices have trended upward to the point that many buyers feel intimidated even starting their search for a new car, truck or SUV. Some brands probably feel out of reach for a lot of people’s budgets, but there are some bargains to be had – even in the premium segments.
Of course, the word “bargain” may not feel right when we’re talking about a $50,000 purchase, but in a world where even pickup trucks routinely stretch well over $70,000, many “entry-level” premium SUVs can feel downright affordable.
Here’s our list of the best luxury SUVs under $50,000:
The brand-new Telluride is a big deal for Kia – literally. It’s not only the biggest vehicle the brand makes, it’s one of the nicest and most complete vehicles the Korean brand has ever made. The Telluride has a price tag that tops out in the high-$40,000 range for the SX trim, which includes navigation, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a Harmon/Kardon 10-speaker surround sound system, advanced safety tech, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, and dual sunroofs. All in, the Kia makes our list well below the $50,000 limit and offers a lot to like at that price.
The RDX was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, getting all-new styling and updated tech. The crossover features torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine that delivers the right feels at the right times. We tested the A-Spec model a while back, and even though it barely scrapes under the $50,000 mark, most other trims of the RDX are comfortably within that price range. There’s quite a bit of content in the new RDX, even at the base trim level. At the lowest price point, the RDX comes standard with a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and voice controls.
The Nautilus replaces Lincoln’s outgoing MKX, and while the two are very similar under the skin, improvements to the vehicle’s styling and technology make it worth a mention on our list. The Reserve trim starts around $48,000 and comes with wood grain interior accents, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, advanced safety technologies, and remote start. We liked the Lincoln’s silky-smooth powertrain and premium interior materials. See our review here.
Porsche already had a winning SUV on their hands with the Cayenne, but the price tag was too much for many people to swallow. The Macan came out in 2015 to fill the gap and appeal to buyers wanting the Porsche prestige without spending $100,000 to get it. It’s true that at $49,900 before fees and taxes, the Macan barely makes our price point, but even the “entry level” Macan S is generously equipped out of the box. A turbocharged inline-4 makes 248 horsepower and can propel the Macan to a 6.3-second 0-60 mph time. Other standard features include LED headlights, tri-zone climate controls, leather and Alcantara upholstery, lane departure warnings, and a 10-speaker sound system.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover lineup has expanded to the point that there is a model for nearly any buyer. The Discovery Sport is a great example of this concept, with trims ranging from under $38,000 to just under $47,000. At the top end of the lineup, the HSE Luxury trim starts at $46,990 and comes with Windsor leather upholstery, navigation, 19-inch wheels, Xenon headlights, front and rear parking aids, and a Meridian sound system. The Discovery Sport is capable off road as well and has terrain management systems to help cover ground under nearly any conditions.
Culled from Forbes