4 Used SUV Buying Tips
Before you decide to buy a used SUV, consider the following information:
- Safety- Many drivers feel safe in SUVs because they are larger than most cars. Modern SUVs often come with safety features such as parking sensors and extra airbags, even on standard models. Premium models feature highly advanced electronic systems that increase driver and passenger safety. However, the handling on most SUVs is still inferior to that of compact cars.
- Three sizes- Used SUVs can be classified into three basic size categories: compact, mid-size and full-size. Increased size generally goes hand-in-hand with increased engine power, towing ability, passenger room and price. If you choose to purchase an SUV, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is which size category is right for you.
- Engine type and fuel economy- If fuel economy is highly relevant to you, SUVs may not be the smartest option. However, fuel economy does vary with vehicle size and engine type. Compact SUVs have four- or six-cylinder engines and fuel economy between 20-25 miles per gallon. Midsize SUVs usually come with six-cylinder engines but sometimes go with V8, which is standard for full-size SUVs. SUVs with V8 engines have fuel economy between 12-20 miles per gallon.
- Passenger and cargo capacity- If you have a large family or you travel with a lot of cargo, SUVs are ideal for you. SUVs are also perfect if the family that frequently travels because they offer more space for everyone to spread out during long road trips. Even the smallest SUVs fit five adults comfortably, and the largest can fit eight or more. Compact SUVs offer 70 cubic feet of space while full-size SUVs often exceed 100 cubic feet.
If you feel confident that a larger vehicle with extensive passenger and cargo room, advanced safety features, higher gas costs and a higher overall price tag would fit your lifestyle, a used SUV is an ideal choice for you.