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Best Used SUVs (by Pro Opinion and Reliability)

May 6, 2020

SUVs are the most popular passenger vehicles at dealers everywhere. Buyers prefer the convenient hatchback design and large cargo capacity, the higher seating position, and the available all-wheel drive. With so many new SUVs being sold, there are some great deals available on high-quality, low-mileage used SUVs. To help you make a great choice, here are the best used SUVs on the market today.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the gold standard for full-size body-on-frame SUVs, outselling all other brands. You can carry up to nine people in the Tahoe, and tow up to 8,400 pounds. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 with a six-speed transmission, but you can also upgrade to a 6.2-liter engine and 10-speed transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, but the Tahoe is available with a dual-range four-wheel-drive system.

Toyota Highlander

If you’re looking for a quality midsize SUV, the Toyota Highlander is a popular choice, with many available on the used market. The Highlander carries up to eight people in three rows. The basic model comes with Toyota’s economical 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, but a more powerful V6 is optional. Families will be glad that the Highlander received five stars in standard safety tests, earning this Toyota a spot on our list of best used SUVs.

Volvo XC60

Premium midsize SUVs cost a bit more, but the Volvo XC60 returns that value in comfort, performance, and advanced safety features for five passengers. Volvo buyers can choose from two different gas-powered engines or get the available plug-in hybrid model with up to 400 horsepower. The hybrid XC60 can travel up to 17 miles on electric power before using a drop of gas.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 was completely redesigned in 2017, and these new models are just now becoming available on the used market. Mazda prides itself on being a driver’s brand, and the CX-5 delivers on that promise with crisp handling and acceleration. The CX-5 carries up to five passengers, and offers front-wheel-drive as standard equipment. All-wheel drive is optional.

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is a top choice for buyers who want absolute reliability in winter weather. Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel-drive is included on every Outback they make. Buyers can choose from an economical 2.5-liter engine or a more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder. Finally, the Outback includes Subaru’s EyeSight advanced driver assistance system. This system includes adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue makes our list of the best used SUVs because it’s so popular. That means there are thousands of Rogues to choose from on the used market. Nissan gives the Rogue a 2.5-liter engine and their Xtronic continuously variable transmission with front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The Rogue also comes with family-friendly features like a hands-free tailgate, and up to 39.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, expanding to 70 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Jeep Compass

There is something special about a Jeep, whether you like off-roading or you just want a nice SUV. The Jeep Compass offers the best of both worlds in an affordable compact package. The Compass is powered by Jeep’s 2.4-liter TigerShark engine, and offers single-range or dual-range all-wheel-drive. Buyers can choose a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6 or 9-speed automatic. The Compass is smooth and quiet on-road but can also scramble over rocks and trails.

Conclusion

The best used SUVs include some of the most popular vehicles on the market. Many used vehicles are still covered under factory warranty, and offer buyers a tremendous value.