Most Reliable Used SUVs

Used Ford Explorer Inventory

There's nothing like the space and capabilities of a used SUV, but there's more to these cars than their interior size and outstanding performance. SUVs are also considered to be some of the most reliable vehicles on the market. Perfect for families, students, and everyone in between, they add a bit of protection and peace of mind on your way to your next adventure.

If you're in the market for a safe pre-owned car, take a look at some of the most reliable used SUVs you should consider. Check them out before browsing Val-U-Line®'s nationwide used SUV inventory right here.

Chevrolet Equinox

Used Chevy Equinox Models

The Chevy Equinox has always put reliability and safety first for its drivers, which is why all model years are known for their dependability. With a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 4-Star Overall Safety Rating in 2013 and a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it's clear that this used SUV can provide safety and peace of mind you need whenever you're behind the wheel.

You and your family's well-being are in great hands with these safety features:

  • Forward Collision Alert: Have you ever been driving on the highway and the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly? This available technology uses a high-resolution camera to monitor your proximity to the car ahead of you. It will alert you when there the possibility of a front-end collision arises.

  • Lane Departure Warning: To avoid accidental merging into another lane, this available system alerts you when you stray into another lane without signaling.

  • Rear Vision Camera: Trying to teach your teenager how to parallel park? This available camera helps you look out for any objects or vehicles behind you while you reverse.

  • Blind Spot Mirrors: Worried about your new driver's safety during their first solo ride? These mirrors notify you when a car is in your blind spot to avoid a collision before switching lanes.

Are you looking for something a little more luxurious? A used Equinox is a great choice. In addition to reliability, it provides style and advanced technologies along with a robust performance to give you the best of both luxury and power each time you step inside.

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has always been known for its tough and sturdy design, but its structure isn't all for show. Thanks to its strong construction, it's become one of the most reliable SUVs on the market. So much so that the IIHS named it a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK, a 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK, and a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK. The 2013 Ford Explorer also received 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.

For even more peace of mind, many used Explorers are equipped with driver-assist technologies, including:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) uses lights embedded in the side view mirrors that detect traffic in your blind spots.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and collision warning with brake support flashes a warning on the windshield, audibly alerts you, and preps the braking system when it senses a potential front-end collision.

The Ford Explorer comes equipped with a highly capable Terrain Management System™-a feature where you can change your vehicle's driving dynamics for the type of path you're on. With a switch of the dial, you can access these terrain modes:

  • Normal: Ideal for daily driving on the pavement.

  • Hill Descent Control™: Located in the center of the dial, this button regulates your speed on steep declines.

  • Sand: When activated, your wheels can aggressively spin to help you stay cruisin' from coast to coast.

  • Snow, Gravel, Grass: This terrain mode optimizes traction on a variety of slippery surfaces so you can remain in control.

  • Mud, Rut: Don't let any muddy ditch get in your way with this mode, which lets your wheels spin to keep you on the go.

Honda CR-V

Used Honda CR-V for Sale

Known for its impressive crash scores, the Honda CR-V has been a top dependable pick for years. The IIHS named the CR-V a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK, while the NHTSA awarded the 2011 CR-V with a 4-Star Overall Safety Rating based on its crash-test performances.

Of course, its reliability isn't just proven by its safety ratings. A used CR-V can also come with advanced technologies for your peace of mind. One of these tech features is Vehicle Stability Assist™, an innovative system designed to sense both oversteer and understeer. It can then adjust each wheel's brake pressure while reducing engine power to help the driver go back to their intended path of driving.

For all those family road trips in your future, comfort should be a priority. On higher Honda CR-V trim levels, such as the EX-L, you can sink into comfort with these amenities:

  • Leather appointed seats

  • Heated front seats

  • 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System

Subaru Forester

When it comes to safety and dependability, a Subaru Forester may be the first to come to mind. After all, Forester models were an IIHS 2007-2013 TOP SAFETY PICK and received the 2014-2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the IIHS. The Forester also received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA from 2014-2019. The NHTSA's 5-Star Overall Safety Rating and the IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK+ award are the highest honors from both organizations.

The SUV can even provide years and miles of long-lasting performance. You can find almost all Forester models purchased within the past 10 years cruising smoothly and efficiently on the road today. Additionally, every used Forester includes Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a dependable system made to ensure a safe performance even when traveling through snow, ice, rain, and off-road trails.

The wilderness calls your name in the Subaru Forester. With a spacious cabin with ample cargo room, you can step up your family camping trips with this SUV. Check out these amenities to make your trips more convenient:

  • Wider Door Opening: You can easily retrieve car seats and cargo with this amenity.

  • Underfloor Cargo-Area Storage: Under the cargo hold, you can store small items in this compartment that stays covered so your items are protected.

  • Large Rear Gate Opening: Remove strollers, shopping bags, or moving equipment with this easy-to-access rear gate.

Toyota RAV4

Used Toyota RAV4 Models

Used RAV4 SUVs also received impressive marks from safety organizations, making them a perfect car for reliability. The Toyota RAV4 was named a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS, and it got an impressive 4-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA for its model years from 2012 to 2014.

Many used RAV4 cars also come with features for added safety and peace of mind. Take Toyota Safety Sense™, for example. Using various performance features, it can keep your used RAV4 steady and stable in all sorts of conditions.

The Toyota RAV4 is also known for its adventuring capabilities. While all RAV4 models are equipped with Front-Wheel drive, Electronic On-Demand 4WD is available. This available drivetrain enhances this SUV's traction when needed and seamlessly switches between 2WD and 4WD. If you're interested in taking an off-road adventure, the RAV4 is a beast to be reckoned with.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe also demonstrates reliability and safety. This vehicle was named a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS and received a 5-star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA for its 2013 model.

When it comes to convenience and technology, the Hyundai Santa Fe allows this SUV stay connected and accessible through all your trips and travels. Thanks to these technologies and amenities, this SUV is made for all families alike:

  • Yes Essentials® Seat Fabric: This cloth seating fabric provides stain-resistant, anti-odor, and anti-static properties to ensure the longevity of the upholstery.
  • Flexible Cargo Space Configurations: With 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats and hidden storage space under the floor, you can create whatever configuration that works best for your passengers and cargo.

GMC Terrain

Safety is a top-priority vehicle to drive through any weather condition in the GMC Terrain. This SUV was awarded a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS and received a 4-star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA in 2013. With these honors, you can feel safe and secure in the GMC Terrain with these features:

  • StabiliTrak Stability Control System: Is the winter weather turning your morning commute icy? This traction control system can keep you on the right path on icy, snowy, wet, or uneven roads.
  • Forward Collision Alert: When snowstorms obstruct your vision, this safety feature can alert you if you are quickly approaching a vehicle to avoid front-end collisions.

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento also proves to be a fun, reliable, and family-friendly SUV to keep you on the roads ahead. The 2014 Kia Sorento was given a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK award. The 2014 model received a 5-star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA, too. Not only does this SUV ensure your safety, but it also is capable of transporting you during some great adventures.

The Kia Sorento provides a pumped-up performance during any trip. All models have available Front-Wheel drive or All-Wheel drive. Its drivetrain paired with substantial horsepower makes this SUV capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. You can haul these items to your next adventure:

  • Utility trailer with a few snowmobiles
  • Pop-up camper
  • Small fishing boat
  • Personal watercraft (jet skis)

Test Drive the Most Reliable Used SUVs Today!

From the Honda CR-V to the Subaru Forester and the Ford Explorer, the most reliable used SUVs can give you the protection and peace of mind you need to hit the road with confidence. If you're ready to experience each of these dependable vehicles for yourself, contact the team at Val-U-Line® to schedule your test drive.