SUV’s, Utility vehicles and trucks have become more and more popular over the years. 20 years ago, sports cars and smaller vehicles were associated with a level of speed and performance. Fast forward, you have a vehicle like an entry level Honda CRV are doing zero to 60 in 7 seconds. In short, you no longer have to buy a performance car to get … performance. And so, not only are people embracing SUVs because they provide the style and capability they like, but they’re also flocking to SUVs because buying an SUV no longer means you’re giving up anything in terms of driving excitement and performance. Today’s medium-size SUVs are probably faster around a race track than most of the 20-year-old “sporty” cars. Here, we’ll go over some of the best SUV’s to look for in 2019.
When it comes to retaining value, Jeep Wranglers are at the top of the list. IntelliChoice’s data, the Jeep Wrangler retains 83 percent of its value over five years, and its depreciation is only $6,099 USD.
A mild hybrid 2.0-liter turbo-four makes the Wrangler more efficient than ever. Its new chassis provides significant improvements to on-road ride and handling without sacrificing off-road capability.
While some of the Consumer Reports recommendations bring used car shoppers back to the previous decade, this pick from Mazda comes from years as recent as 2015. That year, the CX-5 landed the top reliability score — its best performance to date.
There are ample of these on the used market. There are hundreds of 14’, ’15, 16’ Grand Touring models — many with all-wheel drive available for purchase.
Toyota Rav 4
Toyota RAV4 is on an extraordinary streak for reliability. Owners haven’t lodged a major complaint about this nameplate since 2012, and it stands among the five most bulletproof vehicles of the decade.
To find examples below $15,000 that still have plenty of life left, go with a RAV4 from the previous generation (2013 or later).
These are just a few of our picks for so called “economy class” SUV’s. Most of these can be found for under $20,000. You can expect to get lots of reasonable use from these SUV’s. The SUV fever isn’t just hitting the affordable brands – It’s also impacting the luxury segment in a serious fashion.
The Nissan Pathfinder is in a new place that’s just right for families who want a big, comfortable, sensible wagon,you’ll likely find the Pathfinder to be an attractive, well-thought-out vehicle that performs better (and more efficiently) than a number of other family crossovers on the road where it matters.
Best Used Luxury SUV’s
Luxury auto sales are growing in Canada. With more people purchasing these high ticket vehicles. In 2017, luxury cars accounted for 12% of all auto sales, and that number continued to rise into 2019 according to Desrosier. Of these, luxury SUV’s trump the list.
For the second year in a row, the Audi Q5 was the leader in premium brand SUV/crossovers. This represents a fifth consecutive year of growth for this model. Not only is the Q5 a leader in new cars, the 2014 Audi Q5 was voted top 10 best used luxury vehicles as well.
They stand out as one of the more affordable brands in their class. They are usually filled with finer materials such as wooden trim and specific ergonomic details. By nature, the engines are built to give the driver more power and a longer lifespan. Used Audi’s in Guelph and surrounding area are quite easy to find at reasonable price points.
BMW recorded its best year on record in Canada. A key contributor to this high achievement year was the BMW’s X3 Sports Activity Vehicle. It reported a 45% year-over-year growth. Due to Beamers being quite popular in Canada, an efficacious byproduct is relatively inexpensive parts and repairs when compared to other premium brands. Depending on the make, model and year, used BMW’s can be very affordable and are built to last.
The BMW X6 is a graceful crossover with coupe-like sporty traits. What makes the X6 different is it’s powerful 6 cylinder 3.0L Turbo Engine that provides 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft torque for towing. An impressive acceleration makes the X6 one of the sportier luxury SUV’s.
All wheel drive is perfect for winter driving or hauling around the family, or off-road capabilities. It’s interior is of extremely high quality, and has a ton of connectivity and technology. Rear view camera, navigation, bluetooth, voice command are all included in the X6.
Mercedes Benz ML350
Mercedes-Benz ended 2018 with best ever sales of passenger cars and luxury light trucks. They remain the country’s top luxury manufacturer for the fifth consecutive year. All premium brands are benefiting from the global markets increased interest in high-priced luxury SUV’s, but most of this comes at the expense of their own cars. Mercedes C-Class figures fell 11% over the year, largely due to the increased demand for light vehicles and trucks such as the, ML, GL, GLC and GLE series of SUV’s.
The ML350 Diesel is a powerful SUV. It has Bluetec diesel, which is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 rated at 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.With seating for up to five passengers, the interior is packed with standard amenities and advanced technology like heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, color screen infotainment system, and a system that detects drowsy or distracted drivers.The rear riders have little to complain about. The seat accommodates three adults in comfort, and those sitting in the outboard positions are treated to, when ordered, heated pews. Behind that there is plenty of squared-off cargo space. Power the liftgate up and with the seats upright the ML 350 makes light work of 690-litres of cargo. Folding the seats flat bumps the capacity to 2,010 L. The GL320 is a similar luxury SUV, but lacks some of the power towing capabilities of the ML350. Used Mercedes tend to be slightly more difficult to find than say an Audi or BMW, but are made with that same long lasting German engineering.
The Audi Q7 is a seven-passenger luxury SUV that features an upscale driving feel and a plush interior.
It comes standard including xenon headlights with LED running lights, LED turn signals and taillights, rear parking sensors, roof rails, a power liftgate (with programmable opening angle), heated mirrors, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power heated front seats (with four-way lumbar), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, burl walnut inlays, a sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split second-row seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Technology features include Bluetooth phone connectivity,
Land Rover Evoque
Land Rover had a record breaking year in Canada selling over 10,000 units for the first time in history. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise as Land Rover specializes in premium SUV’s. Alongside this landmark, they also won the 2018 ALG Best Premium Brand For Residual Value. ALG is considered the benchmark in Canada and the U.S for forecasting and depreciation data. For example, a 2013 Land Rover Evoque still retails for upwards of $25,000CAD. Land Rovers hold their value through quality of make but also style. It’s considered top of its class when it comes to styling. If you’re considering buying a used Land Rover, it may be difficult to find one at an affordable price.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery is a compact luxury SUV that comes standard with 5 seats, and can have up to 7. it offers style, utility and comfort that can stand up to its rivals. With the initial base Discovery model, it lacked “land roving” ability that the brand is known for. The Discovery Sport was made to retain off-road and weather capabilities, while maintaining the comfort levels of a luxury SUV.
The base Disco Sport comes with automatic headlights, automatic wipers, privacy glass, heated power-folding outside mirrors, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a rear foglight, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, partial leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, 60/40-split second-row seats (folding, sliding, reclining), a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, push-button keyless ignition, an alarm, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a touchscreen interface and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack, four USB ports (one for media, three for charging only) and an iPod/media player interface.
If you’re looking for a mid sized SUV that offers above average comfort and utility, the Land Rover Discovery is a great pick. Used Land Rover Discovery Sports tend to be cheaper than it’s rivals, with similar features and specs.
Jaguar F- Pace
Leading up to 2018, Jaguar Canada had more than tripled its sales volume. Following 2018, these figures saw a 6% decrease due largely to the decreased demand for passenger cars. The Jaguar XF hit an all time low for sales in Canada, decreasing 65%.
Newer Jaguar SUV’s have gained notoriety in the luxury segment with models such as the F-Pace. Jaguar F-Pace is a fun-to-drive SUV that also happens to be one of the most spacious, efficient and competitively priced competitors in the compact luxury segment.
Jaguar’s primary goal when setting out to produce its first SUV was for it to be pretty. Mission accomplished, yet as a bit of length, wheelbase and ground clearance were added to achieve eye-pleasing proportions, the resulting vehicle ended up with more backseat legroom, cargo space and off-road-friendly ground clearance than most of its competitors
Repairs on Jags tend to be pricier than its fellow classmates as parts are harder to source and less available. Still, the Jaguar remains a leader in the luxury auto market with extremely high performance. Most used Jags are equipped with supercharged engines that provide a substantial amount of horsepower.
The Porsche Cayenne is a classic luxury SUV. The Porsche Cayenne has outstanding handling for an SUV. With over 400 HP and a Twin Turbo Engine, it feels more like you’re driving a sports car than an SUV. The 2010 Porsche Cayenne won both Auto Pacific Motorist Choice Award for Best Premium Active Lifestyle Vehicle and the Motor Trend SUV of the Year.
Sensitive and responsive gas and breaks. You can expect all kinds of tech, and optimal comfort whenever you step into a Cayenne. You can find used ones retailing for under $20,000, and running like new.
And with this, the SUV is killing the car. People want to sit up high, they like the practicality, they like the usability, and believe it or not, the performance is playing a role. Why buy a sports car when you can buy a “cool new SUV” and get the same thrill that used to be locked away behind two doors and swoopy styling?
At S.A.S.S Auto Group, we are a used car dealer in Guelph. We carry a number of top performing and rated best SUV’s. Located in the Guelph Auto Mall, we have a massive selection of quality used cars and SUV’s. Our indoor showroom is perfect to get out of the sun and shop in comfort. Give us a call or come visit us to see how we can help you get into an awesome utility vehicle this summer.