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How reliable are second-hand SUVs?


The standard new car loses 47% of its value in the first three years of ownership. That’s why savvy consumers know the smart money is on used cars, which have already taken that hit. But it’s a challenge to find a good, reliable used car.

Although it’s not possible to state a standard reliability level for used SUVs, it is likely to expect how strong and durable a particular vehicle will be based on some features of its history and current condition. Here’s a short list of facts to consider when you look at second-hand SUV outlays and SUV value.

Number 1 — Total Miles

One of the utmost telling factors into the excellence of a car is the number of miles it has been driven. The higher the mileage on the car, the more probable the major components will break down sooner.

Number 2 — Previous Damage

Get a copy of the vehicle history report to be able to verify if the car was ever caught up in any minor or major accidents. If so, be certain to inspect any parts of the vehicle that may have been mended. Having been in an accident could add to the probability that those parts will fall victim to other damage.

Number 3 — Overall Condition

Examine the interior and exterior of the vehicle for signs of depreciation. Minor visual issues are smaller and not of much concern than the quality of the engine, transmission, brakes and other main systems. Test drive the vehicle to get a good judgment on its performance, and evaluate it against a new vehicle of the same category if possible.

Be alert when purchasing a second-hand vehicle of any kind. If you have additional questions, ask a mechanic or a specialized for further support, or to examine the car for signs of damage.

These are the best-rounded SUVs. Here’s the top choice and list other competitors in sequence of their reliability gains for model years 2000 to 2009.

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V: The car-live CR-V is extremely comfortable, is smooth ride, with four-cylinder engine and gets average fuel economy. All models from 2005 onwards ESC and curtain air bags became standard. Reliability has been better than average by every year.

Other good option:

Acura RDX

Hyundai Tucson

Mitsubishi Outlander

Kia Sportage (’05-09)

Ford Escape Hybrid

Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Subaru Forester

Midsized & large SUVs

Honda Pilot: The Pilot is a spacious, sophisticated, and fuel-efficient SUV. It has flexible seating for eight passengers, and crash-test results are impressive. Toyota Highlander is also a good car-based SUV, and the truck-based 4Runner is a good alternative for serious off-road driving.

Other good option:

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota Highlander*

Lexus RX

Toyota Land Cruiser

Acura MDX

Infiniti FX35

Infiniti QX4

Hyundai Santa Fe (V6)

Lexus GX (except ‘08-09)

Subaru Tribeca

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