Five Great Midsize SUVs to Buy Used

March 13th, 2020 by

A popular used SUV for sale, a white 2016 Ford Edge, is driving away from a city near Albany, NY.

Are you looking for used SUVs for sale? You’ve come to the right place. We think it’s important for buyers to know how to choose the best car for their needs. If you’re looking for midsize, this is a list of a few of our favorite midsize SUVs.

Ford Edge

When you need a two-row SUV that will comfortably seat everyone front and back with cargo room to spare, the Ford Edge is a great option. Starting in 2016, Ford included their newer infotainment system and redesigned the body and suspension. The Edge from 2016 on will drive like a large sedan, rather than a truck-based SUV, which is more typical for Ford’s branding. All models of the Edge will come with a start-stop function to save fuel, six-speed transmission, and all but the Sport model are rated for towing up to 3,500 pounds. The handling on the Edge promises to be a sporty experience, regardless of the model.

Different engines are offered in Ford’s usual flexibility to allow buyers to choose from the long lists of options and models. A used Edge could have a 3.5-liter V6, or the turbo-charged 4-cylinder option on the Sport. It all depends on what you find. Gas mileage will vary with engine sizes. You can expect a rear-view camera, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and possibly the suite of driver-assisted safety features if they were added. A crash notification is part of Ford’s Sync feature, which pairs with your cell phone, and you can also link to MyKey, which can be set to limit functions for teen drivers or valets.

Honda CR-V

If you’re looking for a crossover SUV that gets good gas mileage while still managing to have space for passengers and luggage in the trunk, the Honda CR-V can fit the bill. From 2015 on, Honda redesigned the interior and added the CVT transmission for better gas mileage. All models come standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which does allow for towing up to 1,500 pounds. Either front-wheel or all-wheel drive is available for any trim level. Gas mileage for front-wheel drive is 27 mpg in the city, and 34 on the highway; all-wheel drive is 26 city and 33 highway. Handling isn’t sporty, but certainly maintains a clean and pleasant driving experience.

The interior on all models will come standard with a touchscreen on the dash, rear-view camera, Bluetooth, and smartphone connectivity in varying degrees. At least 35.2 cubic feet of storage space is allotted to the trunk area, and on the more expensive trims, can be accessed with a powered liftgate. Spring-loaded seat backs will fold flat to open up the back seat to allow for large cargo, essentially doubling the trunk space. Seating is comfortable in both front and back, with the thoughtful feature of a flat floorboard in back to make the middle spot more comfortable for adults. You can also expect the cabin to be quiet and to enjoy a smooth ride. Safety features for the CR-V show up in driver-assisted technology even in 2015, though the base trim may not have certain features added. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure, and front collision warning may all be options, depending on the model.

Subaru Forester

A blue 2014 Subaru Forester is driving on a desert road.

For the Subaru Forester, we can go all the way back to 2014 to allow for a lot of the modern conveniences and gas mileage drivers are looking for today. Though this is a smaller SUV, it stands against competitors when it comes to capability. Available models will come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, with the option of a 2.0-liter turbo-charged engine in the more expensive trims. All-wheel drive is standard for all models, as is the six-speed transmission, with the fuel-saving CTV as optional. Gas mileage is improved for this model year of the Forester, though the all-wheel drive certainly affects the fuel economy.

Driving the Forester promises to deliver if you need a vehicle that can off-road while still maintaining car-like handling on paved highways. The raised height allows for more options off-road, and has the “X mode” feature for improved stability, traction, and throttle. More space was added to the Forester interior in 2014, which gave more room to passengers in the back seat. It also lowered the back seat beds to allow for more cargo space when the seat backs are folded down: 74.7 cubic feet. All models will have at least Bluetooth capability, a port to connect smartphones, and full power accessories. Foresters are known for safety with the achievement of the highest possible rating for crash testing, and all but the base model of 2014 came with rear cameras, with the potential for adding driver-assisted tech features in other trims.

Ford Explorer

Once again, 2016 was the better year for the Ford redesign of the Explorer when looking at features and options. The glitchy interface was replaced with a newer upgrade to allow for a much more user-friendly tech integration with smartphones, navigation, and other tech capabilities on the infotainment screen. More driver-assisted safety features were also added, with a rear camera, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, and curve control to monitor speed for turns. Base models come standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with front-wheel drive. In Ford’s usual style, plenty of options abound with all-wheel drive or turbo-charged engine, but any engine will be able to tow at least 3,000 pounds.

The Explorer is a larger option for the midsize SUV with three rows of seating, though it has been dinged for the second and third rows not being very roomy for passengers. Despite this, the interior feels luxurious in its appearance and quality, and you can expect a quiet cabin. All models will come standard with roof rails, cruise control, rear privacy glass, rear climate controls, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a 4.2-inch display screen on the front dash. Again, Ford tends to offer plenty of options for upgrades and mixing and matching of features, so any model above the base could have driver-assisted tech, like the automatic parking system, rear entertainment system, or a suite of safety features.

A red 2016 Ford Explorer is parked in a field in front of mountains.

Mazda CX-9

2016 saw a lot of redesigned SUVs, and Mazda’s CX-9 is no exception. Before 2016, the previous generation had not seen a redesign since 2007, so the more modern appearance and upgrades of the 2016 models may be more in line with modern driving expectations. The CX-9 is another three-row option with seating for seven, and comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Six-speed transmission and front-wheel drive are also standard, with all-wheel drive as an option on all models. Gas mileage is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, which lowers to 21/27 with all-wheel drive, and it will tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Mazda is known for its fun drivability, though this larger SUV tends to be a little less peppy than other vehicles in the Mazda family. Still, the size will surprise in its dependable ease and responsiveness, and the cabin is soothingly quiet. The interior may not have quite as much room in the third row as competitors, but the interior is luxurious and attractive. An infotainment system with a 7-inch display is mounted on the dash and has tri-zone climate control, rear-view camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB input, and internet streaming radio apps. Upper-level trims will have more added features like driver-assisted safety, a larger display, adaptive headlights, and more.

Finding Used SUVs for Sale at DePaula Ford

Whether you’re looking for cargo space, passenger space, towing capability, or a sporty driving experience, this list has you covered. When you buy a used midsize SUV, you want the quality of a vehicle that will be safe and has the capability of handling the road to suit your needs. When you’re ready to check out some of the used SUVs for sale in Albany, NY, visit us at DePaula Ford!

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