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How to Choose the Best Used SUV for Your Family: 9 Essential Tips

A Toyota SUV driving through a grassy field.

When it comes to finding the perfect vehicle for your family, a used SUV can offer the ideal blend of space, safety, and affordability. At McCloskey Motors, we understand that choosing the right SUV involves balancing your family’s needs with your budget. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process and find the best used SUV for your family.

1. Determine Your Budget

Before you start shopping, establish a clear budget. Consider both the purchase price and the long-term costs such as insurance, maintenance, and fuel. Setting a realistic budget will help narrow down your options and ensure you make a financially sound decision. At McCloskey Motors we have a wide range of SUVs ranging from top-of-the-line luxury models to more affordable options. Check out our inventory here.

2. Assess Your Family’s Needs

Think about what your family needs in an SUV. Consider the following questions:

  • How many seats do you need?
  • Do you require ample cargo space for sports equipment, strollers, or luggage?
  • Will you be driving in urban areas, rural regions, or a mix of both?
  • Do you need features like all-wheel drive for inclement weather?

Knowing these needs lets you narrow down your search and will ultimately help you find that SUV that is perfect for your family’s lifestyle. At McCloskey Motors, we have a huge selection of used SUVs to fit all these various needs. We truly have the right one to suit your family.

3. Prioritize Safety Features

Safety should be a top priority, especially for a family vehicle. Look for SUVs that come equipped with advanced safety features such as:

  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Multiple airbags
  • Rearview cameras
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning

Check the vehicle’s crash test ratings from reputable sources like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

4. Evaluate Reliability and Maintenance Costs

Research the reliability of different SUV models. Reliable vehicles tend to have fewer issues and lower maintenance costs. Look for reviews and ratings from trusted sources such as Consumer Reports or J.D. Power. Additionally, consider the availability and cost of replacement parts for the models you’re interested in.

McCloskey Motors offers a 2-month/2,000-mile limited powertrain warranty on many of our vehicles so you can drive away worry-free!

5. Check Vehicle History Reports

Always review the vehicle history report for any used SUV you’re considering. Services like Carfax or AutoCheck can provide valuable information about previous ownership, accident history, and maintenance records. A clean history report is a good indicator of a well-maintained vehicle.

6. Test Drive Multiple Options

Once you have a shortlist of potential SUVs, take them for a test drive. Pay attention to the following during the test drive:

  • Comfort and seating position
  • Visibility and blind spots
  • Ease of handling and maneuverability
  • Noise levels inside the cabin
  • Functionality of features and controls

A test drive will give you a feel for how the vehicle performs in real-world conditions and help you determine if it’s a good fit for your family.

Be sure to check out our HUGE selection of used SUVs on then give us a call at (719) 685-7000 to set up your test drive appointment!

7. Consider Fuel Efficiency

When selecting the perfect used SUV for your family, it’s essential to consider a variety of factors to ensure the vehicle meets all your needs. While SUVs are known for their spaciousness and power, fuel efficiency can vary significantly between models. If you plan on using your SUV for long trips or daily commuting, fuel economy becomes an important factor. Look for models that offer a good balance of power and fuel efficiency to save on long-term fuel costs.

8. Explore Warranty Options

Many used SUVs come with remaining manufacturer warranties, and some dealerships, like McCloskey Motors, offer certified pre-owned (CPO) programs with extended warranties. A CPO vehicle can provide added peace of mind by covering major repairs and offering additional benefits such as roadside assistance. Get info on McCloskey’s 2-Month/2,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty here.

9. Trust McCloskey Motors for Your Family’s Next SUV

At McCloskey Motors, we pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of high-quality used SUVs that meet the diverse needs of our customers. Our experienced sales team is here to help you find the perfect vehicle that fits your family’s lifestyle and budget. Visit us today and take the first step toward finding the best used SUV for your family.

Front entrance of McCloskey Motors

By following these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision and drive away in a vehicle that your family will love for years to come. Happy car shopping!

Finding the perfect used car in Colorado Springs is easier than ever with McCloskey Motors. Renowned among used car dealers in Colorado Springs, we’ve won the National Independent Quality Dealer of the Year Award and are two-time winners of the Colorado Independent Quality Dealer of the Year Award. McCloskey Motors is also the ONLY used car dealership to ever win the Excellence in Customer Service Award from the Better Business Bureau and we’ve been voted #1 Used Car Dealer and Military-friendly Car Dealer for the last 7 years in a row!

We offer a diverse collection of used carstrucks, and SUVs each representing the best in value and reliability. From family-friendly used SUVs to efficient commuters, our selection of used cars for sale in Colorado Springs is designed to cater to various lifestyles and budgets. We carry a wide selection of AWD and 4×4 vehicles so you can conquer Colorado’s ever-changing weather with ease. Visit McCloskey Motors today and discover why we are the go-to destination for discerning car buyers seeking the best used vehicles in the Colorado Springs area.

Check out our McCloskey Truck Town location on North Academy for even more used trucks and SUVs:

June 13, 2024
Damian Bertollini
Damian Bertollini