Best Used SUVs 2013 Guide

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SUV’s are some of the most versatile vehicles on the market today. For many people an SUV is the ideal vehicle for moving family around, going on vacation, or working. Whether it’s in wintery conditions, highway driving or navigating their way through inner-city traffic there are some SUVs that fit the bill. It doesn’t need to be a new SUV. In fact some of the best automotive deals offered today are on gently used vehicles. When it comes to price, features and reliability some of the used SUVs available from dealerships and private individuals around the country are absolute steals.

2010 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is the ideal compact sport utility vehicle for people who want lots of cargo room, great visibility, maneuverability and fuel economy. Throw in 4-wheel drive and you have a vehicle that can go anywhere and look good doing it. Defined by some as a compact, crossover SUV, the Toyota RAV4 is perfect for both single people and families. With Toyota quality and durability standard, the RAV4 also has all the bells and whistles the modern driver wants. Whether you choose one with a short or long wheel base a good, previously owned Toyota RAV4 is a good buy.

Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson was Hyundai’s first small crossover SUV. It offers a great combination a powerful, efficient, 4-cylinder engine, lots of excellent standard equipment and a long warranty. The Tucson also handles well and gets good gas mileage. Its good-looking exterior and slick, stylish interior takes Hyundai’s second generation Tucson to a whole new level. It seats 5 adults comfortably, has a flexible cargo area and the combination of a 2.0 liter, 165 horsepower engine with 146 pounds with their five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, tilt steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with iPod/USB interface offers power, comfort and fun. Getting it slightly used means you save thousands of dollars. It’s a great buy.

2011 Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia has been voted one of the most affordable large SUVs.
The interior is spacious and well-made, the seats are very comfortable and it’s a Toyota so reliability comes standard. What really sets the Sequoia apart are its performance, power and handling. Its 5.7-liter V8 can really carry the load while the optional 4 wheel drive makes moderate off-roading a breeze. With 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space, power sunroof, tri-zone climate control, eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth most buyers willingly look past the subpar MPG ratings and focus on the great value it offers in the previously owned market.

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. is another great choice for people looking for a big, powerful SUV at a good price. It offers a spacious interior, a long list of standard features, the brute strength to tow almost anything and class-leading fuel economy. The vehicle is reliable, comfortable, good looking and fun to drive. Powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors and available with rear- or four-wheel drive, the Tahoe Hybrid can easily seat 8 or with the rear seat removed can provide a whopping 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Throw in the standard leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bose stereo system with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port and it’s easy to see why it’s a star on the used SUV market.

Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is a gem. There is hard to find anything about it not to love. It gets high marks for safety, reliability, handling, style and good looks. Plus whether you get the 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 240 horsepower engine or the turbocharged six-cylinder, 300 horsepower engine T6 model, the Volvo XC60 delivers adequate power. It is also available with front wheel or all-wheel drive. The vehicle has all the safety features families need and all the creature comforts they want. Leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD radio, panoramic sunroof, a power lift-gate and adaptive cruise control are all available. Want to save money, be safe and look good doing it? Buy a used Volvo XC60.

Acura MDX
With its 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, legendary reliability and 5-Star overall crash-test rating, the Acura MDX is a great second hand purchase. Featuring a blind-spot warning system, reversing camera, collision mitigation braking technology and adaptive cruise control, every one of the 7 passengers on board can relax. When you add superior dependability, towing and cargo capacity, the Acura MDX jumps to the head of its class. Saving money by purchasing a pre-owned one will make you look like a genius.

Lexus RX
The Lexus RX may just be the perfect small SUV. Safety, reliability and comfort combined with style, power, handling and fuel economy put the Lexus RX in a class by itself. Mash down on the gas pedal and its 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine roars to life. Its smooth 6-speed automatic transmission makes shifting effortless and the response immediate. When you factor in its great gas mileage, front or all-wheel drive, 40 cubic feet of cargo space (80 if you fold down the rear seat), and the ability to tow up to 3,500 lbs. and it’s easy to see why pre-owned models of the Lexus RX fly off the lot. It is a luxurious vehicle and with 10 air bags and its array of pre-collision safety technologies it’s one of the safest SUVs on the road.

2006 Buick Rainier
Looking for a good used SUV for under $15,000? Consider the 2006 Buick Rainier. It boasts a 4.2 liter inline six cylinder engine capable of drawing on 275 horsepower. JD Power gives it high marks for dependability. It also features a durable yet smooth power-plant and unmatched utility. Open the doors and you will be blown away with the quality and comfort of the interior and all the standard features it offers.

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