The top rated used SUVs continue to be a popular choice for many drivers who like the towing capacity, higher driving position, all-wheel-drive option and the versatile cargo-carrying capacity. Used model SUVs can offer you a huge savings over the new ones that sell from around $16,400 all the way up to $60,000 and more.
Here are four of the top rated used SUVs today.
Toyota Rav4: The Rav4 was known as the first entry into the crossover SUV market back in 2006. It is the smallest and one of the best top rated used SUVs in the Toyota line-up. If you are looking for a compact SUV that is in between the truck-based SUVs and a car-based station wagon, then this is the ride for you. You can get a Rav4 with a third seat with a four or six-cylinder engine. It has all the comfort and style you would expect and benefits from fuel-efficient engines. You can find 2009 used SUVs running between $16,388 to $17,900 depending on the amount of miles and options. If you want a real bargain then look for a 1996 model, they are selling from $3,460.
Toyota Highlander: The Highlander is one of the most popular and practical midsize family SUVs on the road today. This is one of Toyota’s three models that is in the top rated used SUVs over and over again. It is produced on a car platform instead of a truck design and called a crossover SUV. This midsize SUV offers a mix of car and truck type construction with your choice of a four-cylinder, V6 or V8 engine, and carries up to 7-passengers. This is one of my favorites for ride and comfort. It can take you deep into snow country or get you out for a night on the town.
Honda Pilot: The Honda Pilot broke into the SUV market offering families an option to the old minivan “soccer Mom” stigma. Now Mom and the kids can travel in style and look good at the same time. The Pilot is a big player in the very competitive large crossover SUVs. It offers a comfortable ride both on and off-road with plenty of adult-friendly interior cabin room. All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 250 horsepower. Cargo capacity is sufficient to handle most families needs and demands. You can find 2009 Pilots ranging from $21,280 to $22,485 depending on the amount of miles and equipment.
Ford Escape Hybrid: For families that are looking at going green, this Escape Hybrid fits the bill. The Ford Escape Hybrid was in the market first, back in 2005 and continues to lead the pack. It is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the market today. It is the top rated used SUVs for safety, dependability and fuel economy. This Hybrid is quicker than the regular four-cylinder Escape. This Hybrid is very impressive and comes from a domestic manufacture, it really is taking a serious look at. A 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid sells from $17,700 to $18,600.
This short list will give you some ideas to begin your used SUV search. Good luck and happy motoring.