Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same price


The main advantages of the Patriot: a lot of space and a good cross. From the new all-wheel drive for 2-2.5 million rubles, you can take only a compact Renault Duster, and only the Niva will be cheaper. But they will be inferior to the UAZ in space and they will drive off-road less confidently.

And with mileage you will find a real SUV. In addition, these cars will be even better than the UAZ in many ways.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado


Every Toyota has always distinguished itself by a high residual value on the secondary. And the Land Cruiser Prado is even more so. For just over two million you can now buy the 120th “Pradik” 2007-2008 with hands on the counter well above 200 thousand kilometers. However, you should not be afraid of serious runs, because the Cruiser is completely up to scratch with reliability.

Most cars are sold with a 4-litre petrol engine with 249 horsepower. This motor has a good appetite, but will not require attention for a long time. Of the weaknesses of the Prado 120, it is worth noting the transfer case actuator. When buying, check the differential in the center of the lock.

The body position sensor often fails and rarely cares for more than 100 thousand kilometers. In the event of a malfunction, the body will always be in the top position.

The paintwork is thin and the front quickly becomes “matte”

The paintwork is thin and the front quickly becomes “matte”

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceThe interior is assembled to a high standard, but the materials do not differ in wear resistance. This applies to both leather and plastic.

The interior is assembled to a high standard, but the materials do not differ in wear resistance. This applies to both leather and plastic.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Ideologically speaking, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is probably closest to our Patriot. An SUV made from a pickup truck does not pretend to be prestigious, but is very durable and unpretentious. For the price of a new Patriot, you can buy the previous generation Pajero Sport (2014-2015) with a mileage of 140-150 thousand km.


Most cars are equipped with a 2.5 liter diesel engine with a power of 178 hp. There are cars with a manual gearbox, come with a pistol.

Of the few sores, one can remember the malfunction of the four-wheel drive control unit. But such a problem cannot be called a mass problem. For fans of regular off-road driving, you should check the performance of the ABS sensors. The steering shaft often knocks, but this is a design feature and replacing the assembly will not solve the problem. When steering, check the condition of the crank handle and the anthers of the steering tips.

The Pajero Sport’s suspension is tenacious – only the silent blocks of the front upper arms need overhauling. They rarely go beyond 100 thousand km and change only with the levers.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceThe paint on the door sills of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is quickly wiped off to the metal.

The paint on the door sills of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is quickly wiped off to the metal.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceInterior trim materials are cheap, hard plastic. Landing isn’t ideal and the handlebars are only adjustable for lean angle.

Interior trim materials are cheap, hard plastic. Landing isn’t ideal and the handlebars are only adjustable for lean angle.

Nissan Pathfinder

Pathfinder R51 is an SUV with fair frame. Cars from 2013-2014 with a mileage of 150-160 thousand km will cost about the same as a new UAZ.


There are cars with a three-liter diesel engine with a power of 231 hp. There are also examples with a petrol V6 with a capacity of 3.5 liters and an output of 249 hp.

Diesel owners often turn off the particulate filter, followed by adjustments to the engine control program. Such machines are preferable, because the replacement of the diesel particulate filter will be a breeze, and its failure is accompanied by a noticeable drop in power and an increase in fuel consumption.

Sometimes there are versions with a manual gearbox, where the clutch does not differ in survivability – on average it works 140-150 thousand km.

In the chassis, the ball bearings are weak and need to be revised every 80-90 thousand km. Many Pathfinders often have bumps on the handlebars. But repairs can be delayed – this is a design feature.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceThe front of the Nissan Pathfinder is similar to that of its sister Navara pickup.

The front of the Nissan Pathfinder is similar to that of its sister Navara pickup.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceThe hard plastic of the interior holds together when bumped and decorative elements quickly lose their presentation.

The hard plastic of the interior holds together when bumped and decorative elements quickly lose their presentation.

Jeep Grand Cherokee


But not only in Japan there are large SUVs. For the price of a new Patriot you buy an American Jeep Grand Cherokee. The car of the fourth generation of 2012-2013 will cost a little more than 2 million rubles.

Most Jeeps with a three liter diesel engine with an output of 245 hp. When diagnosing, it is imperative to check the condition of the injection pump, which was unreliable in pre-styling cars. The same goes for the EGR system. Be sure to check the operation of the air conditioner. Pre-styling cars often have a radiator leak, which is fixed by installing an upgraded part.

Do not forget about the automatic transmission, which is particularly difficult to work with a torque diesel engine. To extend the service life, you need to change the oil every 40-50 thousand km.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceChromed decor is not durable and swells quickly in our conditions.

Chromed decor is not durable and swells quickly in our conditions.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceAgainst the background of Japanese SUVs, the interior of the “American” can withstand mileage and time for longer.

Against the background of Japanese SUVs, the interior of the “American” can withstand mileage and time for longer.

Chevrolet Tahoe

Frame Chevrolet Tahoe of the third generation at the age of ten and a mileage of 200,000 km at a price close to the new Patriot. But the car is sturdy and can withstand the miles well.


First of all, it concerns the main units. The 5.3-litre V8 petrol engine has a long stock. The main drawback is the excessive power of 324 horsepower. Every year you have to pay an increased transport tax (in Moscow – about 50 thousand rubles).

The machine is also reliable. Sometimes slight kicks occur when shifting, which in most cases are remedied by flashing the unit. By 140-150 thousand km, ball bearings and front hub bearings are transferred. A play will appear in the lower cross of the steering axle, but this will not have any critical consequences.

Many cars were equipped with electric footrests, which require regular maintenance. Otherwise, the footrests will hang or will not move at all.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceChevy paint is most likely to peel off on bumpers and tailgate.

Chevy paint is most likely to peel off on bumpers and tailgate.

Instead of a new UAZ: 5 cool SUVs for the same priceThe first indicators of solid age and mileage are the worn steering wheel and knobs.

The first indicators of solid age and mileage are the worn steering wheel and knobs.

What do we take?

It is not difficult to find a worthy alternative to the UAZ from the classic SUVs. Of course age has an influence – even the most reliable models need repair.

On the other hand, the new UAZ Patriot does not excel in reliability. And yes, it’s not cheap to keep. Just for fuel, you have to seriously come up with – on average, the Patriot consumes 17-18 l/100 km.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport seems to be the best option among the used models. It is the freshest of the whole sample, is not inferior to UAZ in cross-country skills and is guaranteed to be more reliable even in old age.

However, this is only an advice. Everyone makes the final choice based on their preferences and requests.

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