Family-friendly, all-season style doesn’t have to cost as much as a condo. Here’s a trio of affordably stylish and thoroughly rugged alternatives.
It’s easy to spend big bucks on a winter-worthy, family-hauling SUV. But auto manufacturers have responded to the economic downturn, expanding the bottom end of the luxury utility niche as more people are looking for performance, comfort, and value when hitting the road for their outdoor adventures. These three vehicles each start at less than $50,000, loaded with style and power.
These SUVs may seem distant from their racing and autobahn roots, but they’re surprisingly capable—and still plenty speedy.
There may have been a time when rolling up to the slopes in a beater SUV was fine for your hardcore cred—and budget. But now that you’ve achieved a new station in life, it’s time to represent with one of a growing stable of prestigious German luxury SUVs. Each is loaded with innovative safety and entertainment systems and luxurious leather. Each dashes through snow with confidence but would be equally at home on a racetrack. And they’re all available as diesel models, if extra torque (and mileage) turns you on.