Prices for new sport utility vehicles range anywhere from under $20,000 to $100,000 and up. Much of the price variance depends on size, make, model and features. If you've got a growing family and are trying to keep costs low without skimping on features and performance, you may be able to save quite a bit of money by shopping for a used SUV. Buying used typically means that you won't take as big of a hit on depreciation either.
There are quite a few new compact SUV choices for $25,000, but options for new midsize and large SUVs at that price are far and few between. Our used SUV rankings show that there are numerous options when it comes to used midsize and large SUVs in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. Here is a quick look at some highly ranked used midsize and large SUVs that have a strong reliability rating within their class.
Used Midsize SUV: 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Average Price Paid: $21,132 – $26,560
Automotive journalists agreed that the 2010 Highlander Hybrid has a soft ride and a spacious cabin. It also has seating for up to seven when equipped with the available third-row seat. The Highlander Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive, and its EPA fuel economy rating of 27/25 mpg city/highway is outstanding for a midsize SUV.
Used Large SUV: 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
Average Price Paid: $21,611 – $35,537
The 2010 Chevy Tahoe offers lots of cargo space and can seat up to nine with its available front-row bench seat. Test drivers were never wanting for power with the Tahoe's standard V8 engine, and they added that the Tahoe is pretty easy to maneuver for its size.
Used Midsize SUV: 2011 Buick Enclave
Average Price Paid: $21,419 – $26,408
According to reviewers, some of the 2011 Enclave's main highlights are its upscale interior and adult-friendly third row. With 115.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its middle row of seats folded and the third row removed, the Enclave is also incredibly cavernous for a midsize SUV.
Used Large SUV: 2010 Toyota Sequoia
Average Price Paid: $22,752 - $35,771
The 2010 Sequoia was named our Best Full-size SUV for the Money when it was new, and reviewers were impressed with its comfortable cabin and top-notch fit and finish. The Sequoia has one of the more spacious cargo areas in the class, as well as one of the higher maximum towing capacities among large SUVs.
Used Midsize SUV: 2012 Mazda CX-9
Average Price Paid: $20,686 - $26,680
According to test drivers, the 2012 CX-9 stands out among its peers for being very fun to drive for an SUV, with nimble handling and responsive steering. They also agreed that its cabin is constructed with first-rate materials, and it offers quite a bit of cargo space for the class as well. The 2012 CX-9 was named our Best 3-Row SUV for the Money when it was new.