Top 10 Best Used SUVs

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tahoeBig, bold, luxurious, and able to take on almost any terrain, sport utility vehicles of all sorts and sizes have taken the country by storm. Anyone who has driven down the street in the last week can attest to this fact. Despite the gloomy economic outlook, Americans have continued to cling to these well favored vehicles.

How can you go wrong with a vehicle that has the cargo capacity of a pickup truck and the handling characteristics of a car?

Just like any other vehicle, there is great value to be found in choosing to buy a used SUV instead of a new one. Used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs are more readily available than ever. By utilizing the internet to search used car websites, for the best used SUVs, at the best prices, you can drive away with an exceptional deal.

Here is a brief list of the 10 best used SUVs, according to the number of used vehicles sold, reliability of the vehicle, and estimated resale value. If you are considering a used car, truck, van, or SUV, check out for great deals on an amazing number of used vehicles.

10. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is available with room for five or seven passengers. The GLS seats seven passengers and is equipped with a 3,3-liter V6, while the Sport version seats only five and is offered with either a 2.4-liter four -cylinder or a slightly more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new Hyundai “fluidic design” strategy has really found an appealing home on this diverse and economical SUV.

9. Acura MDX

The MDX is classified as a mid-sized luxury SUV and it is Acura’s best-selling new model. An immaculate interior, with all of the latest gadgetry and technology, highlights this entry which has the cargo space of a van and the handling and performance of a sports car. A powerful V-6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drivetrain are standard equipment for most of these readily available used SUVs.

8. Ford Explorer

This SUV is like Old Faithful; it has stood the test of time and gets better each year. Available in two, four, or all-wheel drivetrain versions and four different trim levels, the Explorer has something to offer any prospective used car consumer. Several durable V6 engine options have been offered throughout the years, with the later model Sport trim level packages being offered with sport tuned suspension and  a 350hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6.

7. Honda Pilot

When you say Honda, you know that you are talking about craftsmanship and value in a used vehicle. This mid-sized crossover SUV was sold in four trim levels with only one engine choice. Standard equipment includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, front-wheel drivetrain, and five-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot features a huge interior with room for seven passengers.

6. Chevrolet Equinox

This compact SUV crossover has head turning good looks combined with a comfortable interior and plenty of performance. The Equinox is offered in three trim levels; the LS, LT, and LTZ. Available engine choices include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.2-liter six-cylinder. Highlights for the Equinox include a sliding second row seat and all-wheel drivetrain.

5. Toyota Highlander

The Highlander is a seven passenger crossover SUV offered in a diverse variety of trim packages. Four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine options are available along with two, four, and all-wheel drivetrains. This entry employs a fully independent suspension system, seventeen-inch wheels, and a powerful V-6 engine option to provide above average handling and acceleration.

4. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger mid-sized SUV that has had plenty of time to “work the bugs out.” The powerful standard V-6 late models offer outstanding power and torque and the available four-wheel drive versions are more than capable in off-road situations. Quality, low-mileage Jeep Grand Cherokees are in abundance at local used care dealers and on used car websites.

3. BMW X3

Like all things BMW, the X-Series of SUVs offers the epitome of luxurious performance in a crossover SUV. This luxury SUV is offered as either a 28i or35i, both of which come standard with an xDrive all-wheel drivetrain. The later model 28i is equipped with an exceptional turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 240hp and the 35i gets a 300hp 3-liter V6 engine.

2. Ford Edge

The Edge has only been around a few years but you can locate a low-mileage used specimen with very little effort. This is one of the sharpest looking mid-sized SUV crossovers on the market. While it is a decidedly different than the Explorer, they share the same reputation for quality and durability. The Edge lists a 3.5-liter V6 engine, shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drivetrain among its credits.

1. Chevrolet Tahoe

While far from economical as a new vehicle, some outstanding deals can be had on late model, low-mileage used Tahoes. This is one SUV that has it all; a brilliant appearance, horsepower to burn, and a truly elegant and spacious interior. Available in a wide variety of trim levels, from basic to bodacious, the Tahoe is the top of the heap for a luxurious performance SUV that is available in two or four-wheel drive.


Any of these popular SUV models are available used, some with factory warranties remaining. The potential for saving with these used SUV models is endless.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.