You haven’t won an Albertan winter until you’ve driven a vehicle with high ground clearance, great storage space, and all-wheel or four-wheel drive. Luckily, Go Auto Outlet can make anyone a winner with a wide selection of capable SUVs for less than $10,000. To make the decision easier, we’ve narrowed down our best three SUV models, and highlighted their specs and features. Read more about the Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Jeep Patriot here.
2005 Nissan X-Trail
There’s nothing more worrisome than your SUV dying 50km down a forest road. If you’re keen on adventuring, make sure you do it in a Japanese-made Nissan.
Renowned for reliability, Nissan’s X-trail compact SUV offers all-wheel drive and fair ground clearance for off-road exploring. With a lightweight frame and minimal footprint, the X-trail is significantly more maneuverable than its big brother the Xterra. Powered by a 2.4L Inline-4 engine and 4 speed automatic transmission, this particular X-trail also makes for economical city driving. With 2061 of interior cargo volume, 2,798 of passenger volume, and a full sized trunk hatch, neither friends nor supplies need to be left at home.
This particular model features a luxury trim complete with leather upholstery, seat heaters, and a huge sunroof. Door locks are also keyless, and drivers seats can adjust five ways for maximum comfort. For a Nissan at only 184,000 km, this model is barely out of the break-in period.
2003 Santa Fe
If you need a low kilometre SUV for next to nothing, this 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe offers the best bang for your buck. In 2003 Hyundai pushed to become competitive in the SUV market by maximizing safety features. Dual front and side airbags, numerous crumple zones, and side impact door beams make it the family-friendliest option on today’s list.
Known for reliability, This Santa Fe features a 2.7L 6 cylinder engine consuming a very reasonable 9.0L/100 km on highways. Its 4-speed automatic transmission offers hands-free shifting paired with an all-wheel drive transmission.
2012 JEEP PATRIOT
If you’re looking for a capable, yet ultra-economical SUV, look no further than the Santa Fe.
Distilling Jeep’s off-road roots into a compact shape, the 2012 Jeep Patriot handles anything from commuting to trail-driving. Featuring unique design, an athletic stance, and a bold True Blue Pearl exterior colour, this Jeep Patriot looks as good as it performs.
The Jeep Patriot comes equipped with a CVT transmission, giving you the option shift actively or passively to meet the demands of your situation. Jeep’s 2.4L Inline-4 engine makes for efficient city driving, but 4WD capability remains authentic to the brand’s explorative roots. By far the newest SUV option on our list, and at only 204,000 km, this 2012 Jeep Patriot is a stylish option for an outdoorsy driver.
The 2005 Nissan X-Trail, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2012 Jeep Patriot are all available at Go Auto Outlet. Stop by your nearest dealership today in Edmonton West, Leduc, or Red Deer to see even more SUV options.