7 Most Reliable Certified Pre-Owned SUVs

Christian Wardlaw | May 01, 2018

Like everyone else you know, you want to get an SUV. They have lots of room for people and things. They sit up high off the ground for a better view out. They offer optional all-wheel drive (AWD) for when the 16th Nor’easter in 16 days blows into town.

But, you also want to score a deal. You know that when you buy a new vehicle, it instantly embarks upon a steep decline in terms of depreciation. Financially, getting a lightly used vehicle is a smarter way to go. And getting a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle with a warranty and other perks is frequently even better.

That’s where this list of reliable certified pre-owned SUVs comes in handy. Based on the feedback provided by tens of thousands of verified new-vehicle owners, J.D. Power predicts which models are the most likely to provide dependable service over time. Based on those predictions, published in the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), the 2015 model-year vehicles listed below in alphabetical order are a good bet when you’re shopping for a CPO SUV.

2015 Audi Q3

Inside and out, Audi’s small Q3 crossover displays the automaker’s clean and appealing design, and it boasts a turbocharged engine and the company’s available Quattro AWD system. A sophisticated choice in a growing segment, the Q3 supplies 16.7 cu. ft. of trunk space that expands to 48.2 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded down.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Sized between traditional compact and midsize SUVs, the Chevy Equinox is roomy for people but not necessarily for cargo. Behind the rear seat, which slides forward and back to maximize legroom or trunk room, the Equinox offers 31.5 cu. ft. of volume. Maximum capacity measures 63.7 cu. ft. An underwhelming 4-cylinder engine was standard, powering the front or all four wheels, which is why the optional (and rare) 3.6-liter V-6 engine is preferable.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Though it competed with midsize 3-row crossover SUVs when it was new, the Traverse boasted full-size SUV seating and cargo accommodations. Stack stuff to the roof and it held 24.4 cu. ft. with all three rows of seats in use. Fold the third-row bench down for segment-leading 70.3 cu. ft. The maximum number measures a whopping 116.3 cu. ft. A 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers power to the front or all four wheels.

2015 Ford Expedition

Though it has never beaten the Chevrolet Tahoe in the full-size SUV popularity contest, the Ford Expedition is more than just dependable. It offers more room inside for people and cargo, thanks in part to its more sophisticated independent rear suspension design. Available in regular and extended body lengths, the Expedition’s cargo capacity ranges from a minimum of 18.6 cu. ft. to a maximum of 130.8 cu. ft. A twin-turbocharged V-6 engine tows up to 9,200 lbs.

2015 Hyundai Tucson

A compact crossover, the Hyundai Tucson is a dependable little SUV. And Hyundai’s CPO program reinstates the Tucson’s original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, making it even more appealing. Skip the underpowered GLS trim for SE or Limited, which have a more powerful 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine powering the front or all four wheels. Cargo volume measures 25.7 cu. ft. behind the rear seat, expanding to 55.8 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded down.

2015 Lexus RX

One of the most popular luxury vehicles in America when it was new, the Lexus RX is a CPO-program mainstay. This 5-passenger, midsize crossover SUV is equipped with a V-6 gas or a gasoline-electric drivetrain. All-wheel drive is available, too. Cargo capacity measures a generous 40 cu. ft. behind the rear seat, and maximum volume measures a roomy 80.3 cu. ft.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Looking like nothing else in the compact luxury SUV segment, the boxy Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class enjoys a long-standing reputation for reliability. Able to carry up to five people and 16.5 cu. ft. of luggage, the GLK’s robust 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers the SUV’s rear wheels. Get the 4Matic AWD if you live where slippery conditions prevail. Maximum cargo capacity measures 54.7 cu. ft.

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