We're heading into the busy summer travel season and if a road trip is in your getaway plans, a used SUV may be a good choice to fit the family and gear. As we have been reminded by our recent tests, new SUVs can be pricey. To make shopping easier, we have identified some of the best used deals on small and midsized SUVs.
Buying a used car has many benefits. Most important is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit, as new cars lose much more value in the first and second years than those that follow. And, if you look for a used vehicle from a recent model year, you can still find one that is safe and reliable with key safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air bags, while also saving on the purchase price.
When shopping, look for vehicles that scored well in Consumer Reports' tests when new, have proven reliability, and perform well in government and insurance industry crash tests. Before handing over the cash, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and trusted mechanic to make sure there are no hidden problems.
Check out our top deals for recommended vehicles from the 2007-2008 model years in the chart below. We placed the vehicles in order of the cheapest price you might be able to get when buying from the dealer. As you'll see, the models listed below are between 21- and 41-percent less than the retail price when the vehicle was new. Plus, all of the models have at least average reliability according to our latest subscriber survey.
|Make & model||MSRP (new)||Buying from dealer avg price||Drop in retail value vs. MSRP|
|2007 Kia Sportage||18,895||11,150||41%|
|2008 Kia Sportage||19,045||12,825||33%|
|2007 Mitsubishi Outlander||23,770||13,150||45%|
|2008 Hyundai Tucson||19,520||13,275||32%|
|2007 Hyundai Tucson
|2007 Honda CR-V||20,600||14,200||31%|
|2008 Mitsubishi Outlander||23,330||14,650||37%|
|2007 Toyota RAV4
|2008 Honda CR-V||20,700||15,700||24%|
|2008 Nissan Rogue||20,450||15,750||23%|
|2007 Honda Pilot||28,395||15,775||44%|
|2008 Honda Pilot||27,575||16,425||40%|
|2007 Toyota Highlander||28,965||17,075||41%|
|2008 Subaru Forester||22,495||17,825||21%|
|2007 Mazda CX-9||29,035||17,875||38%|
|2008 Toyota RAV4||24,685||18,075||27%|
|2007 Subaru Forester||28,695||19,650||32%|
|2007 Acura RDX||32,995||22,375||32%|
|2008 Acura RDX||33,195||23,700||29%|
|2008 Toyota Highlander||31,400||24,225||23%|
|2008 Infiniti FX35||38,050||25,475||33%|
|2008 Lexus RX 400h||42,080||32,325||23%|
Full used car pricing information is available to Cars Best Deals Plus subscribers on the model overview pages. Consumer Reports also offers individual Used Car Price Reports on vehicles from the 2002 - 2011 model years. Pricing information can be adjusted for vehicle condition, mileage and optional equipment. For advice on buying a used car, see our guide and video.
See our complete list of used-car deals across a variety of vehicle categories.