Purchasing an SUV brand new is incredibly costly right now. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of used SUVs out there that stand just as tall compared to their shiny new counterparts — with a reputation for excellent reliability to boot. So if you’re shopping for a used car, you might just end up with a used SUV!
We’re not going to lie to you, though. Used SUV prices are at an all-time high. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal on a more recent model of your favorite brand. What’s more, the reliability factor of any SUV is what helps keep the long-term costs of ownership to a minimum, as does fuel efficiency, which makes buying a used SUV so worth it!
What’s even better is that when it comes to the best used SUVs to buy right now, there’s something for everyone. We’re talking about compact crossover SUVs, midsize SUVs, and even luxury SUVs.
The list of the best types of used SUVs is a pretty long one. So, we’ve condensed it down to the top eight based on important aspects such as reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, affordability, and more.
1. Toyota RAV4
2. Volvo XC40
Volvos are well known for being some of the safest vehicles out there, and the Volvo XC40 is no exception. The 2019 XC40s are arguably the best of all the used XC40 models. It’s also the smallest of Volvo’s compact SUVs, making it a great crossover for those who have never owned an SUV before.
As far as the 2019 XC40s go, it’s got a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp and 8-speed automatic transmission.
- Automatic emergency braking
- Sensors for the detection of other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and more
- Adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision warning and lane departure warning
- Blind spot warnings
- Rear cross-traffic alerts
- Driver assistance
3. Audi Q5
4. Kia Sportage
Kia also offers a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that partially transfers to the second owner with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Therefore, buying a used Kia comes with even more peace of mind. It has also earned the designation of IIHS Top Safety Pick for getting excellent scores in all safety categories on the NHTSA and IIHS tests.
The 2019 models are equipped with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 181 hp. It also gets great fuel economy at up to 30 mpg on the highway and 21 in the city. There are also options for a turbocharged engine that carries up to 240 hp, and all engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well as front-wheel drive. AWD is an available option too.
5. Chevrolet Equinox
6. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V got a total redesign in 2017 and we’re not just talking about the trim levels. We’re also talking about its features, which include an updated infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android connectivity.
From 2017, you’ll find that the models come standard with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and 184 hp and an optional turbocharged engine boost of 1.5L that takes the hp up to 190. These models also come equipped with an (optional) rear parking aid, brake assist, steering wheel controls, and more.
7. Lexus UX
8. Ford Escape
It’s also incredibly agile while providing plenty of cargo space (up to 68 cu-ft when the rear seats are folded back for the 2017-2019 models). Whether the plan is to get an SUV to drive to work every day or take it on long road trips, you’ll be happy to know that it gets up to 44 city mpg and 37 highway.
You can expect to get at least 10 years of life out of the Ford Escape. However, many have been known to last much longer.