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The Top 5 Used Ford SUVs to Buy Under $6000

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/23/2019 Posted: 04/24/2019

In the past decade, more Americans are turning to SUVs as their car of choice over sedans. This trend led to Ford’s decision to discontinue the production of most of their sedans. The share market for sedans fell from 38% in 2012 to 26% in 2017. Ford SUVs lose at least 40% of its value within three years. The demand for SUVs is great news for used car buyers since they also have more affordable Ford SUVs to choose from.

1. 2008 Ford Escape XLT

A used 2008 Ford Escape XLT can be bought at an average of $5,946, depending on the condition of the car and where you buy it from. It is even possible to get this car for as low as $3,500. In the NHTSA crash tests, this car got 4-stars in the front driver side and 5-stars in the front passenger. It got 5-stars in the side crash tests for both the driver and passenger side barriers. In the IIHS crash tests, this car got good ratings.

This car is a front wheel drive. It comes fitted with a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. It produces 153hp @ 5800rpm. The EPA fuel economy is estimated at 20 city and 26 highway. The fuel tank’s capacity is 16.5 gallons. The transmission is automatic w/OD. The safety features in this vehicle include front and side airbags, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, Auto-on headlights, electronic stability control, child safety locks, daytime running lights, and rollover protection system.

2. 2005 Ford Escape Limited

The price of a used 2005 Ford Escape is anywhere between $3,500 and $5,000. This small SUV has a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 153 horsepower. It comes with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. The engine in this model was changed from the previous model which had a 2.0-liter engine. The V6 engine in this car has been tweaked for improved throttle response. The hybrid version has an electric motor. The gasoline engine automatically recharges the battery pack. The car’s MPG is 24 city and 29 highway.

Other improvements made on this model include a floor mounted shifter, additional storage space, upgraded seats, and new gauges. Additionally, an optional canopy rollover protection system has also been added as a safety feature. The body of this model was also changed. It has a new grille design and headlights. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes, seatbelt pretensions, and an ignition disable system.

3. 2004 Ford Expedition

A used 2004 Ford Expedition is available on the market at between $3,500 and $5,000. The 2003 model was redesigned, so this model only has minimal changes. Some of the changes include a revision in the trim levels. The XLS replaced the 2003 XLT Value trim, and the new NBX trim level replaced the FX4 off-road package. An XLT Sport Trim level was introduced in the 2004 model. The limited-slip rear axle which was standard in previous models in now optional, while the tire pressure monitoring system is standard on the XLT, XLT Sport, and Eddie Bauer trim levels.

It has a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 232hp @4750rpm. The estimated MPG is 15 city and 19 highway. It is a rear wheel drive with a 4-speed automatic w/OD transmission. Some of the specifications of this car include front manual air conditioning, heated mirrors, lumbar driver support, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo, cloth seat trim, 17’’ painted steel wheels, and 40-60 split-bench third-row seats.

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The trim levels have features that are unique to them. The XLT has rear air conditioning and heat controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, color-keyed door handles, fog lamps, aluminum wheels, tire-pressure monitoring system, and illuminated vanity mirrors. The unique features in the 2WD and 4WD XLT Sport are mainly on the body. It has a high-gloss dark shadow grey step bars, dark shadow grey exterior cladding, dark shadow grey lower grille and moldings, and a silver upper grille. The Eddie Bauer has two tone-leather front captain chairs, automatic climate control, floor and overhead console, premium sound system, 11 cup holders, satin nickel grille, power adjustable pedals with memory, and a reverse sensing system.

4. 2007 Ford Edge

The 2007 Ford Edge can be bought used for as low as $5,695. This front wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 265hp @6250. The estimated MPG is 18 city and 25 highway. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission. It sits five people. The back area was not fitted with seats to create more cargo space.

This car has a shiny grille, which makes it stand out. The front seats are supported all round giving the driver and passenger a commanding view over the hood. The seats also have different adjustability ranges. The rear seat folds forward easily, should more space be required in the already spacious cargo area. An optional Vista Roof was added to this model. The glass panels cover most of the roof.

This car has three trim levels. SE is the base trim. Some of the standard features include traction control, front manual air conditioning, AM/FM/Satellite Radio, heated cloth seats, steering wheel cruise and audio controls, side seat airbags, side curtains, and 17’’ painted aluminum wheels. The SEL trim level’s front seat folds while the back seat has a 60/40 fold at a touch of a button. The folding front seat creates more room to transport a long item, such a ladder, comfortably. The glove box can be reconfigured to hold a laptop. Front fog lights and driver lumbar support are additional features in this trim. The SEL Plus has heated mirrors, leather seat trim, front automatic air conditioning, heated-seatback, heated front seats, and heated driver and front passenger cushions.

5. 2005 Ford Explorer

A used 2005 Ford Explorer can be bought for as low as $4,999. It is available in two drive trains, rear wheel drive and 4-wheel drive. This car comes in three trim levels, XLS, XLT, and Limited. It is powered by a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine which cranks out 210hp @5100rpm. It has 5-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA estimated MPG of 15 city and 20 highway. The top of the line Ford Explorer has an estimated MPG of 16 city and 21 highway. The fuel tank holds a maximum capacity of 22.5 gallons.

The Ford Explorer is one of the best-selling SUVs in the US. Besides its domestic use for suburban families, it is also a great tow vehicle with exceptional off-road capabilities. It is a comfortable car for drivers and passengers which could be one of the reasons why it is popular. It comfortably seats seven people. The third-row seat can be folded to create additional cargo space. Although the V6 engine is powerful, buyers who need extra power have the option of a V8 engine.

Some of the standard safety features include Roll Stability Control system and Anti-lock Brakes (ABS). The tire pressure monitor system is in all trim levels except the base trim.  When equipped adequately, the Ford Explorer can pull a 7,140 pound trailer.

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How much you will pay for used Ford SUVs depends on the age of the car, its mileage, condition and where you buy it from. You may opt for a private seller, car selling site or car auction sites. It is best to carry out extensive research before you decide on the car to buy based on your budget and state of the car.