The 3 Best Used SUVs

December 12th, 2014 by


Has it become clear that your family has simply outgrown your old sedan? Maybe it’s time to look for something a little bigger.

Buying a brand-new SUV can be an expensive endeavor, but buying a pre-owned one is a great solution. You get the space and power that you’re looking for without the huge down payment and all that depreciation.

Whether you’re shopping for your first SUV or looking for your next one, there are a few previously-owned models that top the list in terms of performance. These are the vehicles to look for at used car dealerships in Rhode Island.

2009 Honda CR-V


This model is rated as the #1 Used Compact SUV under $15,000 by U.S. News. It offers remarkable spaciousness, a well-designed interior, and has high marks for reliability.

It gives a really smooth, relaxing ride which is nice when you’re setting out on a long road trip. Plus you can pack everything you need because there is an abundance of cargo space in the back.

  • 2.4L 4-cylinder engine / 166 horsepower
  • Automatic transmission
  • 27 mpg on the highway
  • Available in front or all-wheel drive

2009 Toyota RAV4

Toyota Rav 4 2009

The RAV4 has a large, comfortable cabin and is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer third-row seating. It’s very functional for families and has high safety ratings to boot.

You can also look for a higher end used model that may have features like satellite radio, leather seats, a power sunroof, or a backup camera.

  • Engine options:
    • 2.5L 4-cylinder engine / 179 horsepower
    • 3.5L V6 / 269 horsepower
  • 179 horsepower
  • Automatic transmission
  • 28 miles per gallon on the highway
  • Available in front or all-wheel drive

2009 Mazda CX-7


The CX-7 is an affordable and powerful SUV. It gets great performance ratings and provides a sportier driving experience for those who like to shake things up a bit.

You get lots of extra space without losing the terrific handling you look for in a vehicle, making the CX-7 a great SUV choice.

  • 2.3L 4-cylinder turbo engine / 244 horsepower
  • Automatic transmission
  • 23 miles per gallon on the highway
  • Available in front or all-wheel drive