These days having a family doesn’t automatically mean you need a minivan. There are plenty of great SUV options on the market with lots of space, good fuel economy and a reasonable price. If you are looking for a used SUV this Valentine’s Day, here is a quick list of our favorites.
For years, the Honda CR-V has been building a large fan following. It is easy to see why with its good fuel economy, spacious interior and great reliability. Quite often, when other SUVs are heading to the scrap yard, the Honda CR-V keeps going. This is due to Honda’s simplistic engineering and use of high-quality parts.
While great reliability appeals to the cost-conscious buyer, the CR-V also appeals to those looking for style and cargo room. The newer Honda CR-V models have become increasingly stylish over the years and they have improved the cargo room with each update. All told, it is a safe, reliable and stylish SUV for a small family.
Like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota Highlander’s styling, interior space and features have improved with each generation, all while keeping its reputation for reliability intact. The newer generations of the Toyota Highlander have moved away from the boxy look and feature much more stylish lines and more tech features.
While the style has changed, the Highlander has kept its good visibility, spacious interior and easy driving dynamics. The Highlander also can be found with a folding third-row bench seat. Even though, this third-row is better for young children, having the flexibility is a really nice part of the vehicle.
For years, when people thought of an SUV, the Ford Explorer would pop into their minds. The Explorer helped break the mold and jumpstart the entire SUV market segment. While its larger brother, the Ford Bronco, has left us, the Explorer has evolved into stylish SUV with an off-road heritage.
For a long time, the Explorer was really the go anywhere vehicle. Since 2011, however, the Ford Explorer has become more suited for driving to the soccer field. Starting with that model year, Ford moved away from the traditional truck-like design, which means that newer Explorers ride nicer and have better fuel economy. However, it also means it doesn’t handle the dirt like it once did. Used SUV buyers should pay attention to this and pick the Ford Explorer that fits their needs.
As the tried-and-true family, boat and RV hauler, the Chevrolet Tahoe has witnessed several styling changes over the years, yet it has kept its body-on-frame design and large engine. Where others like the Ford Explorer have dramatically changed, you can still find old Chevy Tahoe’s that pretty much offer the same capability as newer ones.
These days, the Chevy Tahoe is basically distinguished by styling changes and interior features. The core of a larger V8 engine, four-wheel drive capability and an impressive towing capacity remains the same. If you are in the market for a used Chevy Tahoe, the big differences between the models will be with technology offerings like USB ports, navigation, satellite radio and driver assistance features. For those who prefer to see their family spend more time on a boat than on the computer, a used Chevy Tahoe will get you there.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
A versatile off-road SUV for decades, the Jeep Grand Cherokee still features Jeep’s legendary off-road capability and interior room for five adults. Simply put, while the exterior lines have evolved, what makes a Jeep, a Jeep, hasn’t changed.
These days, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has become filled with technology offerings, an 8-speed transmission and even a turbodiesel V6 option. These upgrades are aimed at making families more comfortable with USB ports, heated seats and other nice touches. They are also aimed at improving the fuel economy of the SUV which now delivers 24 mpg combined if you opt for the diesel model.
If you are interested in getting your family from point A to point B in style while having fun, a BMW X5 is a great choice. With BMW’s renowned driving dynamics and upgraded features, the X5 offers a spacious interior with plenty of cargo room. Plus, it looks great.
Over the years, the BMW X5 has stylistically remained pretty much the same. Like the other vehicles on our list though, the interior has become plusher, features more technology offerings and has become safer with new driver assistance features like blind-spot monitoring. It is also offered with a myriad of powertrain options, which include diesel and hybrid models.
Rounding out our list is a tried and true favorite, the Subaru Outback. As one of the few wagon SUVs still in production, the Outback has been a big family hit for years. The reasons are simple; it offers nearly everything a family needs with ample cargo space, interior room, renowned all-wheel-drive capability and a well-balanced driving experience. The wide variety of owners and the brand loyalty they exhibit are testaments to the Outback’s success.
Like the other vehicles on our list, the Outback has become more stylish over the years and features an improved interior layout, a more powerful engine and improved cargo room. Yet, used SUV buyers will find the qualities that make Subaru great remain. It has a well-thought out interior with plenty of storage spaces making it ideal for long, family trips. Also, it features easy to access rear cargo room and both the front and rear passenger doors are easy to enter and exit. Lastly, it offers some of the best visibility in its class allowing for all types of drivers to feel comfortable.
On this Valentine’s Day, if you’re current SUV is lacking, check out any from the list above because making your loved ones happy is really the most important thing.