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#10 2015 Nissan NV Cargo NV1500


The standard features of the Nissan NV Cargo NV1500 S V6 include VQ 4.0L V-6 261hp engine, 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, AM/FM stereo in-dash mounted single CD with 2 speakers, cloth/vinyl seats, systems monitor, tilt steering wheel.

A car shopper who is looking for a bargain on a new sport utility vehicle might feel as if there’s no good place to go, since conventional wisdom states that people who want to save money probably shouldn’t be looking for SUVs. The least expensive SUVs are a tough class to comparison shop. That’s because the bargain vehicles in any segment tend to be the most modest, falling a little short on power, style, or features. Yet those three characteristics are what make sport utility vehicles so popular. It’s possible to score that prime combination on a budget, though, as the list of the top 10 least expensive sport utility vehicles will demonstrate. Finding affordable SUVs isn’t as difficult as it might have seemed to the uninitiated.

There are a few things to keep in mind when a shopper’s determined to buy one of the inexpensive SUVs on the market. Going out to buy a new car on a strict budget (regardless of what the budget actually is) always means that there will be several appealing options just out of reach. That’s true when browsing for any type of vehicle. But it might seem especially pertinent in the case of low price SUVs. Inexpensive sport utility vehicles are under a lot of pressure to meet the requirements of the SUV class and still satisfy budget minded buyers. That’s why the manufacturers of the least expensive SUVs are especially careful. When designing a low cost SUV, they know there’s a chance that a satisfied buyer might someday be in a position to move up the food chain and buy a nicer model, and they are likely to consider other vehicles in the same brand. So, the lowest price SUV market is a competitive one, full of options that have been designed and engineered with care.