Top 4 Used SUVs for Family Road Trips

Now that summer’s here and the kids are out of school, it’s time to start planning your family vacation. You’ll spend hours choosing the perfect destination, preparing your checklist, and finding a pet-sitter. But how much time are you going to invest in picking a quality used SUV for your road trip? With the right super-versatile crossover at your command, your family’s little getaway should be the best yet.

Here are 4 of the best used crossovers you can buy right now at just about any used car lot, including McCarthy Pre-Owned Supercenter.

Used Chevrolet Tahoe

“In the end the Tahoe’s unique combination of style, comfort economy and value again found it placed at the head of the class.” – Kelley Blue Book

A few years back, the Chevy Tahoe was handed the “KBB Best Buy Award of 2016” for full-size SUVs. But the Tahoe didn’t just win the award – it swept the floor with its so-called rivals in the 8-passenger SUV segment. And as far as pre-owned large SUVs go, this model year’s Tahoe is difficult to beat.

What makes the used Tahoe a good SUV for road trips?

When the fourth-generation Tahoe (2015 and up) was released, it boasted tech that has since proven to be ahead of its time. Its refined dashboard was packed with luxurious amenities, including the still-modern MyLink Infotainment System, a wireless phone charger, a color head-up display, and Chevy’s vibrating safety seat.

If tech is reason 1A to buy a used Tahoe, then its versatile and swanky cabin is reason 1B. A power-folding third row of seats is the epitome of “easy to use”; just press a button to simplify the sometimes-chaotic task of loading or unloading kiddos. Up front, climate and audio controls are just as simple to use, as well, with its intuitive button placement and a clever central stack.

Driving to the top of the full-size SUV segment is the Tahoe’s 5.3L V8, which produces over 350 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The Active Cylinder Management system helps improve fuel consumption, too; with the ’16 Tahoe, you can expect a reasonable 16 city/23 highway MPG rating, give or take.

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Used Toyota Highlander

“Comfortable, capable and feature-packed, the 2015 Toyota Highlander rolls off with our Midsize SUV Best Buy crown.” – Kelley Blue Book

Every year, the Toyota Highlander is one Stone Cold Stunner away from winning the Midsize SUV Championship belt. With the 2015 model, that belt was earned – and well-deserved – thanks to a supremely crafted and brilliantly packaged crossover.

What makes the used Highlander a good SUV for road trips?

The third-gen Highlander adopted a more modern style, which was a departure from the previous generation. Inside, a user-friendly cabin with leather-lined upholstery, hidden shelves and compartments, the then-new Entune Infotainment System, and ample seating for 7 adults and a child. With its 60/40-split bench seats folded flat, cargo capacity grows considerably and is more than most ’15 competitors.

A 5-star overall safety rating (NHTSA) is the result of the Highlander’s top-of-the-line safety features, which include STAR Safety, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. Pair its high-end protection with an attractive 5-year resale value, and you’ve got an SUV that is well worth the price of admission.

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Used Nissan Murano

“…a charming outlier and a carefully designed inside job that, whichever way you see it, breaks out of the crossover mold in meaningful ways.” – The Car Connection

Completely redesigned, the 2015 Nissan Murano is among the class’s best 2-row SUVs. In fact, this Murano received U.S. News’s awards for Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for Families. Oh, it’s also ranked as the No. 1 Affordable Used SUV. Oh, it was also named the Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover by Kiplinger. Oh, it also won the Motorweek Drivers’ Choice Award.

What makes the used Murano a good SUV for road trips?

Designated as one of only a few IIHS Top Safety Pick+ crossovers, the 2015 Nissan Murano benefited from Nissan’s full suite of active-safety features. Included in higher Murano trims are features such as blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, forward-collision warning, and a few nifty sensors and driver-assist systems. Above all else, safety comes first with the Murano, which makes it the ideal crossover for family vacations.

Additionally, if you choose a third-generation used Nissan Murano, you’ll get the full modern-Nissan packaging: a V-motion grille, boomerang headlamps, panorama cabin, floating roof – everything that makes the current flock of Nissan SUVs worthwhile started with the 2015-era Murano.

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Used Hyundai Tucson

“[A] competitor to best-sellers like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the 2016 Tucson has reinvented itself to pose a credible challenge to such stalwarts.” – Kelley Blue Book

A frequent bridesmaid, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson finally became a bride with its fully redesigned 2016 five-seater. As efficient as it is affordable, this used Tucson always puts its best foot forward, making it a world-class trip-taker even a handful of years after its release.

What makes the used Tucson a good SUV for road trips?

First and foremost, a used Hyundai Tucson (in its third generation) is one of the most competitively priced pre-owned SUV on the market. You can find many certified used Hyundai Tucson crossovers for less than $15k, and if you drop down a model year or two, you can probably grab one for $10,000 and change.

Most importantly, the older Hyundai Tucson, fitted with a 1.6L turbo-4, returns up to 33 mpg on the highway. That’s quite a significant bump up from the previous model year, and it sits at the top of the range in its segment.

And, as the late Billy Mays would say, “I’m not done yet!” A used 2016 Tucson is also backed by America’s Best SUV Warranty: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Heck, even if you buy a ’16 Tucson in 2025, you could still have coverage. This Tucson also comes with Hyundai’s patented Smart Power Liftgate, an automatic tailgate that opens once it senses the vehicle’s key fob (i.e. you and your keys) positioned behind the cargo area. That’s what we call a “perk.”

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Search, Shop & Save on Used SUVs at McCarthy!

As you decide on your family’s vacation landing spot, don’t forget to check out the summer used car specials at McCarthy Pre-Owned Supercenter. Summer’s the best time to shop at our Blue Springs used car lot, as we have incredible deals on pre-owned crossover and other vehicles daily! Contact our used car sales team at 816-224-7500 or take a trip to our used car dealership in Blue Springs at 3030 NW South Outer Road.

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