The SUV craze started in the 1990s, and has never really slowed down, gobbling up market share and draining demand for the once-dominant sedan in the process. While the humble beginnings of the SUV included truck-based models like the Ford Explorer and Ford Bronco, the segment has evolved to range in size from subcompact crossovers to full-size rugged haulers. Whatever your driving preference, there is an SUV model to suit your needs. And because there are so many SUVs to choose from finding the best used SUV can be difficult. 

To help used car shoppers find the best SUVs, iSeeCars analyzed over 12 million cars and narrowed down the Best Used SUVs across all sizes. The winners are the SUVs that are the longest-lasting, hold their value the best, and have the highest average safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

Here are the best non-luxury SUVs by size:

Best Used Subcompact SUVs

Subcompact SUVs are the most recent entrants to the SUV segment, many coming to market around 2014 or later. Subcompacts are the smallest SUVs available, making them the perfect choice for drivers wanting something more spacious and flexible than a small sedan while still being easy to park and drive.
Best Used Subcompact SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank  Subcompact SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3-Year Old Used Car Price
1 Mazda CX-3 8.2 $22,703
2 Subaru Crosstrek 8.1 $29,253
3 Honda HR-V 8.1 $24,781
4 Chevrolet Trax 7.8 $21,738
5 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport  7.6 $21,778

1. Mazda CX-3

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.2

  • Reliability Score: 6.1
  • Retained Value Score: 8.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $22,573

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $22,703

The Best Used Subcompact SUV is the Mazda CX-3. The Mazda CX-3 made its debut in the newly established subcompact SUV vehicle segment in 2016. The CX-3 offers the sporty driving dynamics and attractive styling characteristic of the Mazda brand and a long list of standard safety and infotainment features. The small but mighty CX-3 also earns the Top Safety Pick+ designation from IIHS, the Institute’s highest honor.

2. Subaru Crosstrek

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.1

  • Reliability Score: 5.6
  • Retained Value Score: 8.7
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $29,081

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $23,524

The Subaru Crosstrek earns second place for the Best Used Subcompact SUV. The Crosstrek offers standard all-wheel drive, which is rare for the small SUV class. It has perfect safety scores and includes many driver assistance features, earning it the title of Safest SUV in our subcompact category. Safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became available on higher trim levels beginning with the 2016 model year vehicle.

3. Honda HR-V

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.1

  • Reliability Score: 5.6
  • Retained Value Score: 8.5
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $25,650

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $24,780

The Honda HR-V ranks third. Along with displaying Honda’s strong reputation for reliability, the HR-V leads the segment in cargo space with 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and nearly 59 cubic feet with the seats folded down. The HR-V also is one of the most efficient models in the class with a combined MPG of 30.

4. Chevrolet Trax

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.8

  • Reliability Score: 6.1
  • Retained Value Score: 7.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $22,840

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $21,737

The Chevrolet Trax ranks fourth. The easy-to-maneuver Trax is among the most affordable vehicles in its class and it has ample head and legroom despite its small size. 

5. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.6

  • Reliability Score: 7.2
  • Retained Value Score: 7.7
  • Safety Score: 8.0

Average New Car Price: $25,451

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $21,778

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ranks fifth. Highlights of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport include a lower-than-average starting price for the class and more cargo space

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Subcompact SUVs.

Best Used Small and Compact SUVs

Compact SUVs are versatile vehicles that offer enough space to haul a family and cargo while still being easy to maneuver and providing effective fuel economy.
Best Used Small and Compact SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank  Compact SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3-Year Old Used Car Price
1 Jeep Wrangler 9.2 $40,179
2 Subaru Outback 8.8 $34,433
3 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 8.8 $47,557
4 Subaru Forester 8.7 $31,934
5 Honda CR-V 8.6 $31,408

1. Jeep Wrangler

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.2

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 9.8
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $42,754

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $40,178

The Best Used Small SUV is the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler earns a high score for its proven durability and stellar value retention, both of which are boosted by its capability across all terrains. It also has above-average cargo capacity for the small SUV class.

2. Subaru Outback

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.8

  • Reliability Score: 8.4
  • Retained Value Score: 8.0
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $36,679

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $34,433

Despite its official designation as a crossover wagon, the Subaru Outback is often compared to compact SUVs, and earns the distinction as our runner up in the Best Used Small SUV category. The Subaru Outback has proven to be a long-lasting and safe vehicle with high value retention. It is also the iSeeCars pick for the Best Family SUV in the compact category. It is praised for its car-like driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and class-leading cargo space. The Outback also earns the Top Safety Pick+ designation from IIHS.

3. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.8

  • Reliability Score: 7.8
  • Retained Value Score: 9.8
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $51,534

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $47,557

 

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which is the four-door variant of the first-ranked Jeep Wrangler, ranks third. The Wrangler Unlimited has 31.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, while the standard Wrangler has just 12.9 cubic feet. The Unlimited also has added seating capacity for five passengers compared to the Wrangler’s four.

4. Subaru Forester

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 8.1
  • Retained Value Score: 8.1
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $33,048

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $31,934

A second Subaru, the Subaru Forester ranks fourth. It is among the most spacious in its class, offering 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space and 76.1 cubic feet after folding down the rear seats. It also provides comfortable seating for five passengers with ample head and leg room. Like all Subarus, and unlike most SUVs, it comes standard with AWD and has above-average fuel economy for the class. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the Forester comes with standard safety features including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

5. Honda CR-V

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 8.3
  • Safety Score: 9.0

Average New Car Price: $31,584

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $31,407

The small but mighty Honda CR-V ranks fifth. Along with being the most reliable compact SUV,  the Honda CR-V is also one of the most spacious vehicles in its class, offering a cargo capacity that’s on par with larger midsize SUVs. It also provides excellent fuel economy, earning an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for its front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive fuel economy only decreases slightly at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. It comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission and a 190-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A suite of standard safety features are available, which include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. These features became standard for the 2020 model year.

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Small SUVs. 

Best Used Midsize SUVs

Midsize SUVs offer more space than their compact counterparts and many provide a convenient third row of seating. They combine the best of both worlds as capable family haulers that are easier to drive and more efficient than behemouth full size SUVs.
Best Midsize SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank Best Midsize SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3-Year Old Used Car Price
1 Toyota Highlander 8.9 $41,763
2 Honda Pilot 8.7 $38,652
3 Toyota 4Runner 8.6 $45,844
4 Hyundai Santa Fe 8.5 $29,774
5 Ford Explorer 8.5 $43,244

1. Toyota Highlander

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.9

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 8.2
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $44,665

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $41,762

The Toyota Highlander earns the honor of Best Used Midsize SUV for being a long-lasting SUV with high value retention that is also a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. A popular family hauler, it’s roomy and has an accessible third row of seating and ample cargo room. It also offers a suite of safety features to add to its solid reputation for reliability. The Highlander is among the top iSeeCars picks for the Best SUVs for Snow.

2. Honda Pilot

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 8.6
  • Retained Value Score: 7.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $43,648

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $38,652

The Honda Pilot crossover ranks second in the midsize SUV category. The Honda Pilot is a spacious three-row crossover SUV for those seeking a family-friendly hauler without the bulkiness of a full-size SUV. It’s available in all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive and is a popular minivan alternative due to its spacious seating for up to eight passengers.

3. Toyota 4Runner

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 8.8
  • Retained Value Score: 9.0
  • Safety Score: 8.0

Average New Car Price: $46,698

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $45,844

The Toyota 4Runner ranks third as the Best Used Midsize SUV. The 4Runner’s presence on the list is no surprise, as its age-old 4.0-liter V6 engine is one of the toughest engines out there. The 4Runner’s reputation for durability and off-road superiority puts this genuine and capable four-wheel-drive SUV among the top ten most reliable SUVs.  

4. Hyundai Santa Fe

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.5

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 7.0
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $35,540

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $29,774

The Hyundai Santa Fe ranks fourth for its combination of quality and value. The Santa Fe also has above-average fuel economy for its class with its base engine offering an EPA estimated 26 combined mpg. Beginning with the 2019 model year, a number of infotainment and safety features became standard including Bluetooth, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. Santa Fe buyers can also take advantage of Hyundai’s class-leading new car warranty of 10-years and 100,000-miles for the vehicle’s powertrain, which transfers to used car buyers. The Santa Fe has two rows of seats, while a three-row option falls under the Santa Fe XL nameplate.

5. Ford Explorer

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.5

  • Reliability Score: 8.4
  • Retained Value Score: 7.1
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $46,563

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $43,243

The Ford Explorer ranks fifth. The Explorer has multiple powerful turbocharged engines to choose from and drives comfortably. The Explorer also has plenty of cargo space, with three rows of seats and a list of standard features that includes an intuitive infotainment system. A list of activesafety features became standard for the 2020 model year, which include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, post-collision braking, and a pre-collision system with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Prior to 2020, these features were avilable on upper trims.

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Midsize SUVs.

Best Crossover SUVs

Built on a car platform, but with the ride height and styling of an SUV, the crossover combines the best of both worlds. Crossover SUVs aren’t as rugged as truck-based SUVs, but they do offer better fuel efficiency. Crossovers include small and midsize SUVs, and these are the best of the bunch. 
Best Crossover SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank Best Midsize SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3-Year Old Used Car Price
1 Toyota Highlander 8.9 $41,763
2 Subaru Outback 8.8 $34,433
3 Honda Pilot 8.7 $38,652
4 Subaru Forester 8.7 $31,934
5 Honda CR-V 8.6 $31,408

1. Toyota Highlander

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.9

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 8.2
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $44,665

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $41,762

The Toyota Highlander earns the honor of Best Used Crossover SUV for being a long-lasting SUV with high value retention that is also a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. A popular family hauler, it’s roomy and has an accessible third row of seating and ample cargo room. It also offers a suite of safety features to add to its solid reputation for reliability. The Highlander is also among the top iSeeCars picks for the Best SUVs for Snow.

2. Subaru Outback

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.8

  • Reliability Score: 8.4
  • Retained Value Score: 8.0
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $36,679

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $34,433

Despite its official designation as a crossover wagon, the Subaru Outback is often compared to compact SUVs, and earns the distinction as our runner up in the Best Used Crossover SUV category. The Subaru Outback has proven to be a long-lasting and safe vehicle with high value retention. It is also the iSeeCars pick for the Best Family SUV in the compact category. It is praised for its car-like driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and class-leading cargo space. The Outback also earns the Top Safety Pick+ designation from IIHS.

3. Honda Pilot

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 8.6
  • Retained Value Score: 7.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $43,648

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $38,652

The Honda Pilot crossover ranks third in the Best Used Crossover SUV category. The Honda Pilot is a spacious three-row crossover SUV for those seeking a family-friendly hauler without the bulkiness of a full-size SUV.  It’s available in all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive and is a popular minivan alternative due to its spacious seating for up to eight passengers.

4. Subaru Forester

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 8.1
  • Retained Value Score: 8.1
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $33,048

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $31,934

A second Subaru, the Subaru Forester ranks fourth. It is among the most spacious in its class, offering 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space and 76.1 cubic feet after folding down the rear seats. It also provides comfortable seating for five passengers with ample head and leg room. Like all Subarus, and unlike most SUVs, it comes standard with AWD and has above-average fuel economy for the class. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the Forester comes with standard safety features including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

5. Honda CR-V

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 8.3
  • Safety Score: 9.0

Average New Car Price: $31,584

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $31,407

The small but mighty Honda CR-V ranks fifth. Along with being the most reliable compact SUV,  the Honda CR-V is also one of the most spacious vehicles in its class, offering a cargo capacity that’s on par with larger midsize SUVs. It also provides excellent fuel economy, earning an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for its front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive fuel economy only decreases slightly at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. It comes standard with a  continuously variable automatic transmission and a 190-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A suite of standard safety features are available, which include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. These features became standard for the 2020 model year.

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Crossover SUVs.

Best Used Large SUVs

Bigger is better when it comes to cargo capacity and towing capability. For drivers who require three full rows of seating and don’t partake in frequent parallel parking, these are the best used large SUVs available.
Best Used Large SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank Large SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3 Year Old Used Car Price
1 Toyota Land Cruiser 9.2 $91,977
2 Toyota Sequoia 8.7 $64,511
3 Ford Expedition 8.6 $61,717
4 Chevrolet Tahoe 8.2 $54,767
5 GMC Yukon 8.1 $59,354

1. Toyota Land Cruiser

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.2

  • Reliability Score: 9.8
  • Retained Value Score: 8.5
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $91,276

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $91,976

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the Best Used Large SUV. Known for its longevity, the Land Cruiser is the longest-lasting car across all vehicle segments, and also has excellent value retention. The rugged three-row hauler provides above-average towing capacity for the class and is a capable off-roader.

2. Toyota Sequoia

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 9.4
  • Retained Value Score: 8.0
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $64,466

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $64,510

A second full-size Toyota, the Toyota Sequoia, earns its honors as the Best Used Large SUV runner-up. The Sequoia’s high score is attributed to its proven long-term reliability and excellent value retention. 

3. Ford Expedition 

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 8.8
  • Retained Value Score: 6.8
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $66,814

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $61,716

The Ford Expedition ranks third. Unlike its rivals with V8 engines, the Expedition has a twin-turbo V6, giving it better gas mileage than the rest of its class. Ford introduced a new base two-row trim forthe 2021 model year, which makes the vehicle available as a two- or three-row SUV for the first time. It has vast cargo and passenger space with 19.3 to 20.9 cubic feet behind the third row, which expands to 57.5 to 63.6 cubic feet with the rear row folded down. 

4. Chevrolet Tahoe

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.2

  • Reliability Score: 8.7
  • Retained Value Score: 7.8
  • Safety Score: 8.0

Average New Car Price: $64,551

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $54,766

Ranked fourth is another American full-size SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe. Fully redesigned for 2021, it has three available engine options, including two powerful V8 engines and a turbo diesel inline-six. The Tahoe features impressive cargo and passenger space, and its redesign increased its legroom and added standard safety features. 

5. GMC Yukon

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.1

  • Reliability Score: 8.7
  • Retained Value Score: 7.5
  • Safety Score: 8.0

Average New Car Price: $73,293

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $59,353

Ranked fifth is the GMC Yukon. The Yukon and its extended wheelbase variant the Yukon XL share a platform with the other full-size GM SUVs including the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Chevy Suburban. GM’s 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V8 powertrains found in these SUVs have been known to go the distance with minimal issues, and buyers love to use them for long-distance jaunts. 

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Large SUVs.

Best SUVs with Three-Rows

As a more appealing choice than a minivan to many drivers, three-row SUVs are an excellent choice for a family vehicle. Here are our picks for the Best Used SUV with 3 Rows, which include a mix of large SUVs and midsize crossovers.
Best Used SUVs with 3 Rows - iSeeCars
Rank Large SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3 Year Old Used Car Price
1 Toyota Land Cruiser 9.2 $91,977
2 Toyota Highlander 8.9 $41,763
3 Honda Pilot 8.7 $38,652
4 Toyota Sequoia 8.7 $64,511
5 Ford Expedition 8.6 $61,717

1. Toyota Land Cruiser

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.2

  • Reliability Score: 9.8
  • Retained Value Score: 8.5
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $91,276

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $91,976

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the Best Used SUV with 3 Rows. Known for its longevity, the Land Cruiser is the longest-lasting car across all vehicle segments, and also has excellent value retention. The rugged three-row hauler provides above-average towing capacity for the class and is a capable off-roader.

2. Toyota Sequoia

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 9.4
  • Retained Value Score: 8.0
  • Safety Score: Not Available

Average New Car Price: $64,466

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $64,510

A second full-size Toyota, the Toyota Sequoia, earns its honors as the Best Used SUV with 3 Rows runner-up. The Sequoia’s high score is attributed to its proven long-term reliability and excellent value retention. 

3. Toyota Highlander

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.9

  • Reliability Score: 8.5
  • Retained Value Score: 8.2
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $44,665

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $41,762

The Toyota Highlander earns third-place recognition for being a long-lasting SUV with high value retention that is also a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. A popular family hauler, it’s roomy and has accessible third-row seats and ample cargo room. It also offers a suite of safety features to add to its solid reputation for reliability. The Highlander is also among the top iSeeCars picks for the Best SUVs for Snow.

4. Honda Pilot

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

  • Reliability Score: 8.6
  • Retained Value Score: 7.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $43,648

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $38,652

The Honda Pilot crossover ranks fourth in the Best Used SUV with 3 Rows category. The Honda Pilot is a spacious three-row crossover SUV for those seeking a family-friendly hauler without the bulkiness of a full-size SUV.  It’s available in all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive and is a popular minivan alternative due to its spacious seating for up to eight passengers.

5. Ford Expedition 

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 8.8
  • Retained Value Score: 6.8
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $66,814

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $61,716

The Ford Expedition ranks fifth. Unlike its rivals with V8 engines, the Expedition has a twin-turbo V6, giving it better gas mileage than the rest of its class. Ford introduced a new base two-row trim for the 2021 model year, which makes the vehicle available as a two- or three-row SUV for the first time. It has vast cargo and passenger space with 19.3 to 20.9 cubic feet behind the third row, which expands to 57.5 to 63.6 cubic feet with the rear row folded down. 

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best SUVs with 3 Rows.

Best Used Hybrid SUVs

Hybrid SUVs offer more fuel-efficiency than their non-hybrid counterparts, making them the best cars for drivers seeking for a more practical family hauler. 
Best Used Hybrid SUVs - iSeeCars
Rank Large SUV Quality Score (of 10) Average 3 Year Old Used Car Price
1 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 9.2 $45,098
2 Subaru Crosstrek 8.6 $36,765
3 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 8.3 $38,330
4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 8.1 $31,961
5 MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid 7.6 $39,232

1. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.2

  • Reliability Score: 9.2
  • Retained Value Score: 8.3
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average New Car Price: $47,515

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $45,097

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid earns the title of the Best Used Hybrid SUV. The hybrid version of the popular Toyota Highlander is the longest-lasting midsize SUV and has high value retention and perfect safety scores.

2. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

  • Reliability Score: 7.1
  • Retained Value Score: 8.7
  • Safety Score: 10.0

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the subcompact SUV runner-up, is the runner-up for the used hybrid SUV. Like its non-hybrid counterpart, it offers a comfortable ride and has ample cargo room. The Crosstrek Hybrid can drive up to 17 miles on battery power before switching to its hybrid mode.

3. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

  • Reliability Score: 6.2
  • Retained Value Score: 8.8
  • Safety Score: 10.0
$38,330

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid ranks third. The RAV4 Hybrid delivers a combined MPG of 40 compared to the non-hybrid RAV4’s maximum combined MPG of 30.

4. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

  • Reliability Score: 7.0
  • Retained Value Score: 7.4
  • Safety Score: 10.0
$31,961

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV debuted for the 2018 model year, and is the plug-in hybrid variant of the Mitsubishi Outlander compact SUV. The Outlander PHEV has above-average cargo capacity and  earns 74 MPG-equivalent when running on electric power and 26 mpg in combined when running on gasoline power.  The plug-in hybrid has a range of 24 miles on electric power.

5. MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.6

  • Reliability Score: 7.2
  • Retained Value Score: 8.0
  • Safety Score: 10.0
$39,232

 

The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid ranks fifth. The MINI Countryman PHEV is the plug-in hybrid equivalent of the MINI Countrymansubcompact SUV. Debuting for the 2018 model year, the plug-in-hybrid SE earns 73 MPG-equivalent or 29 mpg and has an electric-only range of 18 miles.  

Best Used Electric SUV

Electric SUVs are new to the market, and the Tesla Model X is the only model that is established enough to meet our rankings criteria.

Tesla Model X

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.1

  • Reliability Score: 8.1
  • Retained Value Score: 9.2
  • Safety Score: 10.0

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $101,241

 

With an iSeeCars Quality Score of 9.1, the Tesla Model X doesn’t earn our endorsement just because it's the only contender in its field. Introduced in 2016, the Tesla Model X was Tesla’s first entry into the SUV segment. With Tesla’s characteristic cutting-edge technology, fast acceleration, and a long range of 360 miles on its long range trim, the Model X combines the best of both worlds for efficiency and performance.

For more vehicles in this category, refer to the iSeeCars list of Best Electric SUVs.

Best Used SUVs by Price

Used car prices at record highs, with the price of the average used car costing $30,799 according to iSeeCars data. Used versions of the Best Used SUVs can be found at more attainable pricepoints. Here are the Best Used SUVs by budget:

Best Used SUVs Under $15,000

Best Used SUVs Under $15,000
Vehicle Average Used Car Price
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe $14,4775
2015 Jeep Compass $14,449
2015 Chevrolet Trax $14,305
Best Used SUVs Under $20,000
Best Used SUVs Under $20,000
Vehicle Average Used Car Price
2017 Jeep Compass $19,761
2016 Subaru Forester $19,758
2017 Mazda CX-3 $19,619
2015 Honda CR-V $19,555
2015 Subaru Outback $19,316
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe $19,057
2016 Honda HR-V $18,619
2014 Ford Explorer $18,481
2014 Honda Pilot $18,802
Best Used SUVs Under $25,000
Best Used SUVs Under $25,000
Vehicle Average Used Car Price
2018 Subaru Crosstrek $24,785
2020 Honda HR-V $24,781
2019 Jeep Compass $24,732
2016 Ford Explorer $24,701
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid $24,348
2017 Subaru Outback $24,214
2021 Mazda CX-3 $23,275
2021 Chevrolet Trax $22,878
2013 GMC Yukon $22,886
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe $22,813
2017 Subaru Forester $22,495
2017 Subaru Crosstrek $22,008
2014 Ford Expedition $21,418
2015 Honda Pilot $20,834
2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid $20,401

Bottom Line:

From small subcompacts to full-size heavy haulers, there are many high-quality are reliable used SUVs to suit your needs. With used car prices at record highs, a safe and reliable SUV that retains its value is a smart purchase decision. 

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