5 Good Used SUVs Recommended by Consumer Reports

The modern SUV is a solid buy for many households. It offers more space for passengers and utilitous cargo volume compared to a car. When it comes to finding a good used SUV, there are actually many of them on the market worth buying. Here are five good used SUVs recommended by Consumer Reports.

a red 2017 Toyota 4Runner on display at an indoor auto show.
WASHINGTON, USA 2017 Toyota 4-Runner | Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Is the Hyundai Kona a good used car? 

a lime green 2018 Hyundai Kona on display indoors.
2018 Hyundai Kona | Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Yes, the Hyundai Kona is a good used compact SUV. Consumer Reports gave the Hyundai Kona a 5/5 reliability rating for every model year since its 2018 market debut. It’s no secret that going back a few model years can save buyers lots of cash. 

For example, buying a used 2018 Hyundai Kona costs between $19,025-$25,100. On the other hand, buying a brand new 2021 model year will set you back $20,500-$45,600. The starting range for each of these model years isn’t vastly different. However, it’s certainly possible to get a used 2018 Hyundai Kona stacked with features for a far lower price than a fully-loaded 2021 Kona. 

The 2017 Lexus GX 460 SUV parked in front of a home
The 2017 Lexus GX 460 | Lexus

Consumer Reports recommends the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Lexus GX model years. The 2014 and 2015 model years are also recommended. For used SUV shoppers that picture themselves in a luxury off-road SUV, look no further than the Lexus GX. 

Due to high depreciation rates, buying used can especially save buyers money when it comes to the luxury segment. Buying a 2021 Lexus GX (also recommended) costs between $53,450-$64,715. Opting for a used Lexus GX from the 2017 or 2018 model years is significantly less costly with an average price range of $39,550-$46,900. 

For the buyer that’s looking for something much smaller––almost car-like––the Honda HR-V also comes with a Consumer Reports recommendation. Released in 2016, Consumer Reports recommends every model year of the Honda HR-V so far except one. The 2017 Honda HR-V did not receive the badge of honor. 

A 2016 or 2018 used Honda HR-V model can save buyers serious cash compared with buying one brand new. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 HR-V costs between $21,220-$29,340. Conversely, a used Honda HR-V from 2016 or 2018 will range in price between $15,600-$23,150. 

The Toyota 4Runner is a reliable used off-road SUV

Consumer Reports also recommends the Toyota 4Runner in nearly every model year. This is one of Toyota’s fan favorites for its adventurous style and off-road appeal. The current 4Runner generation debuted in the 2010 model year. So buying a used Toyota 4Runner from even 10 years ago gets buyers in an SUV that looks strikingly similar to what’s coming straight from the factory today. 

However, a used Toyota 4Runner typically holds its value well. The more money buyers intend to save, the farther back in the model years they’ll need to shop. A 2021 Toyota 4Runner has a price range of $36,765-$50,745. For a 2016 or 2017 used Toyota 4Runner, buyers can expect to pay between $26,425-$41,625. 

A red metallic 2019 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV on display at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show on March 5, 2019
2019 Mazda CX-5 | Robert Hradil/Getty Images

This compact SUV is known for its happy driving dynamics that are fun for the person in the driver’s seat. This is a used SUV that’s recommended in every model year that Consumer Reports has tested thus far. It has strong reliability ratings and consistently earns marks for its agility as well as quality. 

Buying a Mazda CX-5 brand new costs between $25,370-$37,505. Since all of the model years are rated so high, buyers can ultimately just pick a model year when it comes to buying a used Mazda CX-5. For reference, a used Mazda CX-5 from 2017 or 2018 costs between $18,700-$26,800. 

a 2017 Honda HR-V driving on a scenic wooded road
2017 Honda HR-V | Honda

All five of these models are recommended by Consumer Reports. They aren’t all necessarily the best SUVs on the market. However, because of high reliability, they all made it on this list of 5 good used SUVs recommended by Consumer Reports.

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