When gasoline prices are averaging $2.2 per gallon and concerns such as climate change are forcing you to downsize on your next car – you need more than a few reasons to stick with buying an SUV. A Sport Utility Vehicle is rugged and gifted with features similar to a station wagon, only on a light-truck chassis. If you have a big family, an SUV is the right purchase, as it boasts ample space and comfort. An SUV is better off-road, carries more cargo, and has more towing capacity than car. We recommend that you check out salvage SUV auctions to find the right vehicle. Countless options are available at online auctions, so we help you narrow down the search by recommending top five SUVs built from 2000 to 2015.
Toyota 4Runner (2004-2008)
A favorite of off-road enthusiasts, Toyota 4Runner is a reliable and capable SUVs that can run for hundreds of thousands of miles without major issues. The SUV comes with two types of Engine options – a 4.0-liter V.6 engine that delivers 245hp, and a 4.7-liter V-8 Engine Delivering 270hp. Toyota 4Runner has high ground clearance, four-wheel drive system, and low-priced replacement parts, which further add to reasons behind its popularity.
Ford Escape (2004-2012)
The first design of Ford Escape was more like a mini truck-based SUV. Escape was designed to compete with Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but is better on performance standards thanks to its spacious and functional cabin and four-wheel drive. Buyers can choose from either a 2.3-liter inline-4 engine delivering 153 hp, or 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivering 200-horsepower. The vehicle handles smoothly on almost any road owing to its small size and potent powertrain.
Lexus LX 570
The smooth and upscale Lexus LX 570 has a heavy steering, classy cabin spacious enough for eight, and many advanced features, such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen system, park assist, adaptive cruise control, and rear-seat DVD entertainment (optional). The SUV comes with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine delivering 383 hp, eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard four-wheel drive.
Nissan Pathfinder (2004-2008)
When you want a rugged SUV with amazing off-road capabilities, Nissan Pathfinder is one of the few favorites. The SUV comes with 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 270hp. While the late model second generation Pathfinder (2004 and earlier) is an excellent buy for an affordable price, it is better to stick to 2004 and later versions.
Honda CR-V – Second Generation (2002-2006)
An SUV with a superb combination of fuel economy, smooth driving, practicality, and reliability, Honda CR-V is s deserving entry on the list. The second generation SUV from Honda has a rear-mounted spare tire, 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, and optional all-wheel-drive. It delivers up to 25 mpg on the highway. The second generation CR-V is a full redesign, based on the seventh generation Honda Civic.
Last Few Words
An SUV is a perfect vehicle choice if you seek a spacious, comfortable, powerful, and affordable vehicle. You can check out our vast inventory of pre-owned and damaged repairable SUVs at Green Salvage. We add hundreds of vehicles to our inventory every day so that buyers get more options to buy the vehicle of their choice. You can register or learn more about the bidding process and other purchase related questions by filling out our contact form or calling us at 503-446-1741