The Top 5 least Expensive 2013 SUVs and Pickups
If you need a new SUV or pickup truck, but you need to watch your budget, we're here to help. We've compiled the top five least expensive new 2013 four-wheel-drive SUVs and pickup trucks available in the U.S.
We arrived at the following manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for each vehicle by simply navigating to each manufacturer's website, where we used the online tools available to build and price vehicles. All of the MSRP's for the specific models listed here include destination charges but do not include taxes, fees, or incentives. Naturally, we ignored vehicles that didn't have a two-speed transfer case. We also ignored options or option packages to get the lowest price. Some vehicle models are undergoing major changes and hadn't been formally announced at the time this story was written, so that's why vehicles like the Jeep Liberty and Chevy Colorado weren't included.
Please note that photos of some of the specific models we're covering here were not available, so we're using what was available from the manufacturers to illustrate the vehicles.
In the end, it's obvious that there are some pretty good deals out there on new SUVs and pickups, especially if you're willing to forego some bells, whistles, and leather.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport
Approach/departure angle (deg): 40.8/37.4
Ground clearance (in): 8.8
It's pretty amazing that one of the most off-road-ready SUVs on the planet is also the least expensive. Among other things, you get the 3.6L 24-valve V-6 engine that makes 285hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed manual transmission, Command-Trac 4WD system, 3.21:1 axle ratio, black interior, your choice of 10 exterior colors, cloth seats with adjustable headrests, steel wheels, P225/75R16 on/off-road tires, fog lamps, UConnect 130 CD/MP3 radio, front floor mats, tow hooks, and even cruise control and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. You won't get air conditioning, but you can just put the soft top down anyway.
More info: www.jeep.com
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport
Approach/departure angle (deg): 40.6/37.4
Ground clearance (in): 8.7
Yep, the Wrangler brand dominates the top two most inexpensive SUV spots. The Unlimited gets you two more doors than its sibling the Wrangler and a lot more interior space. Like the Wrangler, it is one of the most off-road-capable SUVs available. Features on the Unlimited Sport model include the 3.6L 24-valve V-6 engine that generates 285hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed manual transmission, Command-Trac 4WD system, 3.21:1 axle ratio, black interior, your choice of 10 exterior colors, cloth seats with adjustable headrests, 16-inch steel wheels, P225/75R16 on/off-road tires, fog lamps, UConnect 130 CD/MP3 radio, floor mats, tow hooks, and cruise control and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. A retractable Sunrider soft top is included.
More info: www.jeep.com
2013 Nissan Xterra X
Approach/departure angle (deg): 32/28.8
Ground clearance (in): 9.1
The Nissan Xterra holds down the Third Place spot on our list and it's a worthy recipient that is very off-road capable. The Xterra will return for 2013, but at press time its MSRP had not been released so we're using the 2012 MSRP, which barring a huge increase should keep the vehicle in this position. The entry-level Xterra X features include a 4.0L 24-valve V-6 engine that produces 261hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, a five-speed automatic transmission, P265/70R16 BFG tires, steel wheels, tubular roof rack with air dam, rear bumper steps, air conditioning, cloth seats, AM/FM/CD radio, three 12-volt power outlets, and much more. If you have the need to haul lots of gear, it's worth noting that the X has a maximum payload capacity of 1,045 pounds.
More info: www.nissanusa.com
2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Approach/departure angle (deg): 34/31
Ground clearance (in): 9.6
Holding down the fourth slot in the top five list of least expensive SUVs is the iconic Toyota FJ Cruiser, a proven off-road performer. Even when you skip all the option boxes, this base model machine comes with a 4.0L V-6 engine that makes 260hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed manual transmission, P265/70R17 tires, steel wheels, air conditioning, water-resistant fabric-trimmed seats, heavy-duty all-weather flooring, skidplates, AM/FM/CD radio with auxiliary jack, cargo tie-down hooks, and more. When the need to tow comes calling, the FJ Cruiser has a maximum rating of 5,000 pounds.
More info: www.toyota.com
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
Approach/departure angle (deg): 26.3/26.5
Ground clearance (in): 8.6
It may come as a surprise that the Grand Cherokee has placed in the top five least expensive SUV list, especially considering that it is a very luxurious vehicle. In its base form the Laredo has a huge number of standard features including the Pentastar 3.6L V-6 engine that generates 290hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, a five-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-Trac 4WD system, aluminum wheels, P245/70R17 on/off-road tires, UConnect 130 CD/MP3 radio, cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, four-wheel traction control, luxury front and rear floor mats, and 160-amp alternator. You have your choice of two interior colors and nine exterior colors. If wheeling in luxury and on a budget is your thing, the Grand is your SUV.
More info: www.jeep.com