Midsize SUVs occupy an appealing middle ground in the booming crossover market. They have more seating and cargo space than compact SUVs, while typically offering better gas mileage and improved maneuverability compared to large SUVs.
There are lots of excellent affordable and luxury midsize SUVs on the market, so it’s easy to find one that works for you. Picking the best one for your budget is a bit more complicated though, as demand and pricing on midsize SUVs vary month to month. That’s where we can help you out.
We’ve sorted through the data and come up with a list of midsize SUVs that can save you a lot of cash if you head to the dealership soon. Don’t just go to any dealership though. Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the dealer with the lowest prices near you.
Using data from Kelley Blue Book on days-to-turn and average transaction price, we’ve come up with a list of SUVs that you can get a great deal on now. Days-to-turn means the average number of days it takes a dealer to sell a particular model. The longer it takes, the lower demand is for that vehicle, which means there is a better chance you can negotiate a low price at the dealership. The average transaction price is simply the average take-home price for all purchases of a particular new model.
Combining these two data points gives you a sense of the buying environment for a particular vehicle.The SUVs on this list have very favorable buying conditions, so if you’re in the market for a new midsize crossover and want the best deal, now is the time to bring home one of the following SUVs.
Redesigned last year, the Nissan Murano boasts a top-notch interior, very comfortable seats, user-friendly technology and good gas mileage for a midsize SUV. We named it the 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money for its combination of quality and value, and it also earned the 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Familiesaward thanks to its family-friendly features, space, and excellent expert reviews.
Even with those awards, it’s taking Nissan dealers 82 days to sell a Murano, which is one of the slower rates in the class and 30 days longer than it was taking a year ago. With the slower demand, the Murano’s average price has fallen almost 2 percent in the last year, and it’s currently just about average for the class.
With sluggish sales and lower prices, now is a good time to head to the Nissan dealership and negotiate a great deal on a new Murano. You can use our Best Price Program to find the best price near you. Also, browse the Murano’s pricing page for more specific information on pricing for each Murano trim. For the best finance and lease offers this month, check out our Nissan deals page.
The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento has premium cabin materials and a kid-friendly third-row seat. It also offers plenty of driver-assistance features, great safety ratings, and punchy engine options.
Demand for the Sorento is slow, as the 83 days it currently takes Kia dealers to sell one is about two weeks slower than average for a midsize SUV. Accordingly, prices are favorable this month, as the Sorento is selling for 16 percent less than the class average.
Low demand and low prices mean that now is a good time to save big on the Sorento. Before heading to the dealership, use our Best Price Program to find the best price near you. You can visit the Sorento pricing page for more specific information on pricing by trim, and don’t forget to check out Kia deals this month for low-interest financing and low monthly lease payments.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
If you plan on some off-roading in your next midsize SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an excellent choice. It’s available with a trail-ready four-wheel drive system and an adjustable air suspension that make it a capable partner when the pavement ends. It also offers plenty of potent engine options, refined performance on-road, a comfortable and upscale cabin, and user-friendly technology.
Despite its wide range of talents, its current turnover rate of 77 days is pretty slow for the class, and 10 days slower than it was a year ago. Accordingly, the average transaction price for a Grand Cherokee has fallen a bit over that time, although it’s still above average for a midsize SUV.
Sluggish demand, however, means that dealers will be more likely to negotiate a lower price on the Grand Cherokee, so don’t waste the opportunity for a great deal on one of the most capable SUVs on the market. To find the lowest prices near you, use the our Best Price Program. For the best finance and lease offers this month, visit the Jeep deals page.
If you want a crossover SUV but need a lot of space, it’s tough to beat the Chevy Traverse. It has one of the largest cargo areas of any midsize SUV and adult-friendly seating in all three rows. Plus, it rides smoothly and quietly, making it an ideal vehicle for a family road trip.
The Traverse hasn’t been selling well recently though, as Chevy dealers are currently taking 106 days to move it off the lot. That’s one of the slowest rates in the class and 40 days longer than it was taking a year ago. Surprisingly, the average transaction price for a Traverse hasn’t fallen much in that timespan, but it’s still slightly below average for a midsize SUV.
Dealers don’t want vehicles sitting on their lot for over 100 days, so they’ll probably be willing to negotiate a lower price to clear out inventory. You’ll be getting a lot of seating and cargo space for the money with the Traverse, so you likely won’t regret the purchase. To see which dealer has the lowest prices in your area, use our Best Price Program. Also take a look at this month’s Chevy deals for low-interest financing and affordable lease offers.
The introduction of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5, the SRX’s replacement in Cadillac’s lineup, means demand is dipping for the SRX and dealers are anxious to clear the outgoing model off of their lots. So among luxury midsize SUVs, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal than the athletic, powerful, and upscale SRX.
The average transaction price for an SRX is about $10,500 (19 percent) less than average for the class, and the 151 days it’s currently taking Cadillac dealers to sell one is the slowest rate of any luxury midsize SUV and one of the slowest rates of any mainstream vehicle.
If you head to the dealership today, even if you’re not a savvy negotiator, you should be able to score a great price on an SRX. Our Best Price Program can help you pinpoint which dealers in your area are offering the lowest prices. Also, don’t forget to check out this month’s Cadillac deals for low-interest financing, low lease payments, and hefty cash back offers.
Demand for the Touareg has fallen steadily in recent months, and it’s currently taking VW dealers over 11 weeks to sell one. That’s three weeks longer than it was taking them a year ago, and about a month longer than average for the class. Plus, the Touareg’s average transaction price right now is about $9,500 (17 percent) less than the norm for a luxury midsize SUV.
Add it all up, and now is a prime time to save a lot of money on the Volkswagen Touareg. Before you head to the dealership, use our Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest prices. Also, check out this month’s Volkswagen deals for all the best finance and lease offers.
Demand for the MDX has fallen recently, as its average turnover rate has slowed from 42 to 56 days in the last year. Prices have gone down as well – right now the 2016 MDX is selling for about $10,000 less than average for the class. Plus, with the introduction of the refreshed 2017 MDX, priced at $44,890, Acura dealers will be anxious to clear off the 2016 models, which could mean more savings for you.
Taking advantage of the MDX's sluggish demand now could save you a lot of money, so if you’ve been thinking about buying an MDX for a while, now is a good time to take the plunge. To find the lowest price near you, check out our Best Price Program. Also, the MDX pricing page has more detailed information on pricing by trim. For low-interest financing and attractive lease offers, take a look at this month’s Acura deals.
Redesigned for 2016, the Volvo XC90 offers a classy, spacious, and roomy cabin, plenty of safety technologies, one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems in the business, and a smooth and quiet ride. Due to its combination of family-friendly features and space and top-notch expert reviews, we named the 2016 XC90 the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families.
When the XC90 first hit the market in the summer of 2015, demand soared, but since then it’s been on a downward trend. A year ago, it was only taking Volvo dealers 15 days to sell an XC90, and now it’s taking almost two months. Plus, the average transaction price has fallen by more than 7 percent in that time to its current level of about $56,700, which is close to average for a luxury midsize SUV.
Steadily falling demand and prices signal that now is a good time to head to the Volvo dealership and negotiate a great deal for an XC90. Don’t just go to any dealership though. Use our Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest prices. For more buying advice and pricing information by trim, visit the XC90 pricing page.