10 Safest Used SUVs
While sedans are waning in popularity, SUVs and crossovers are more popular than ever. That means there are lots of choices for those who want a new SUV for the family. The challenge with buying an SUV is that it can be expensive. Used SUVs are a great way to stay on budget while still getting the car you need.
Since SUVs are often full of people, including lots of kids, safety is a priority. Here are the 10 safest used SUVs you can buy based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test ratings. All received the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating for the year listed.
2019 Lexus UX 200
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 is a five-passenger subcompact SUV that was first introduced for this model year and is front-wheel drive only. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. This luxury SUV is available in a range of three well-equipped trims from which to choose.
Every Lexus UX has Lexus Safety System +2.0, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, a lane-departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beams. Additional available safety features include parking support alert and parking support brake.
2019 Kia Sorento
The 2019 Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV with seating for up to seven passengers. It’s available in a wide range of eight trims with a choice of either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission or a more powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic. There is a good range of safety features, with the bulk of them becoming standard roughly midway through the lineup.
Available features on the 2019 Sorento include blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic warning, park distance warning reverse, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, and a forward collision warning. Other options include lane keep assist, a lane-departure warning, and a driver attention warning.
2019 Acura RDX
The 2019 Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV that was newly redesigned for this model year. It offers seating for up to five passengers with an attractive and comfortable interior. The RDX is offered with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive with power coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This provides 272 horsepower with 280 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety includes a forward-collision warning, collision mitigation braking, a lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and a multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines. Also available is a head-up warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic monitor.
2018 Hyundai Kona
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a five-passenger subcompact SUV that was all-new this model year It’s offered with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and two engines. Base models get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic. Top trims get a more spirited 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Kona includes a wide range of available safety features depending on the trim you choose. The list includes blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert, a rear parking distance warning, lane change assist, lane-keeping assist, a driver attention warning, and forward-collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection.
2018 Mazda CX-5
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a five-passenger compact SUV with a luxurious interior that’s available with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive in a range of three trims. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with a wide range of safety features.
Standard on the base 2018 CX-5 are blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert and low-speed automatic emergency braking. The two remaining trims see the addition of more advanced automatic emergency braking, a lane-departure warning with lane keep assist, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams to the list of safety features.
2018 Volvo XC60
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV that was newly redesigned for this model year. It has an elegant and refined interior with standard all-wheel drive and a choice of powerful engines. The base T5 gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower while the T6 and hybrid T8 have a supercharged and turbocharged version of that engine with 316 and 400 horsepower respectively.
Standard safety features include lane-keeping assistance, run-off road mitigation and protection, oncoming lane mitigation, driver alert control, road sign information, automatic post-collision braking, automatic emergency braking, and active high beams. Optional features include blind-spot monitoring with steering assist and a rear collision warning with braking.
2017 Nissan Rogue
The 2017 Nissan Rogue compact SUV got an interior and exterior refresh for this model year. It offers a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and gets great fuel economy, making it easy on the family budget even if gas prices rise. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.
There’s room for up to seven passengers with an optional third-row seat, and standard safety features include forward emergency braking, a blind-spot warning, and a rear cross-traffic alert. Also available are pedestrian detection, a lane-departure warning, and lane-departure prevention.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger SUV with a choice of either front-wheel or four-wheel drive and a choice of two engines. The bulk of the Outlander lineup has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 166 horsepower paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The top trim gets a more robust 3.0-liter V6 with 224 horsepower paired to a six-speed automatic.
Advanced safety features are limited on the two base trims but become optional or standard on the top two trim levels. These include adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, a lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with lane-change assist and a rear cross-traffic alert.
2017 Toyota Highlander
The 2017 Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV received a refresh this year that included the addition of Toyota Safety Sense P as a standard feature across the lineup. It has seating for up to eight passengers and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive as well as two engines. Base trims get a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower while most of the lineup gets a 3.5-liter V6 that jumps up to 295 horsepower.
Toyota Safety Sense P includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. Available features include blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist sonar.
2017 Buick Envision
The 2017 Buick Envision is a five-passenger compact SUV with an upscale interior. It’s offered in a range of five well-equipped trims with power coming from a choice of two engines. Base trims get at 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 197 horsepower, while top trims get a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 252 horsepower for a more performance-oriented drive.
There’s a wide assortment of standard and available safety features on the Buick Envision depending on the trim level you choose. These include a safety alert seat, adaptive cruise control, surround vision, front automatic braking, a forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, lane-keep assistance with a lane-departure warning, a rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.