The Sport Utility Vehicle is the iconic all-American automobile. It is partly pickup truck, partly station wagon, partly car, and all about getting you, your family, and all of your gear safely and comfortably from point a to point b. Opting to purchase a new SUV can leave your credit frazzled and your bank account empty; not to mention the crippling depreciation that you suffer when buying new. Fortunately, used car websites like BestRide.com list hundreds-of-thousands of high-quality used SUVs at affordable prices. Hers is a list of the top 10 used full-size SUVs available for under $16-grand. All of these SUVs are available in two or four-wheel drive.
The Yukon XL is a luxurious nine-passenger full-size SUV. Look for running boards, full power accessories, keyless entry, a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, dual-zone climate control, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, six-way power adjustable driver seat, and rear seat climate control. Optional highlights could include 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, heated leather seats, power adjustable pedals, and rear parking assist. A 320-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine is standard equipment but a 366-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 was listed as an option.
This full-size SUV features the convenience of an SUV with the ruggedness of a pickup truck. If you are looking for versatility, then this SUV (built on a full-size pickup platform) is right up your alley. It incorporates a fully boxed frame, rack and pinion steering, and a powerful 5.3-liter V8. Compared to older model Avalanches, the 2008 has a more comfortable ride, as well as improved exterior aesthetics and interior styling that offers top-quality materials and premium features.
This large SUV features 8-passenger seating, a large selection of luxury items, and standard V8 power. Highlighted features include separate automatic front and rear climate control, eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a CD player, full power accessories, 20-inch chrome wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, second row captain’s chairs, front and rear seat heaters, a sunroof, rear seat DVD entertainment system, remote start, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, and front and rear 115-volt auxiliary electrical outlets.
The Jeep tradition of excellence dates back to World War II, but the 2009 JGC Overland is certainly not your Grandpa’s old Jeep. It features a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi that produces 357-horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. Other standard features include HID headlamps, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, cruise control, a roof rack, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, a backup camera with rear parking sensors, power adjustable pedals, remote ignition, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player.
The 2009 Armada is a huge full-size SUV with a muscular 5.7-liter V8 and five-speed automatic transmission. As Japanese automakers continue to venture into the full-size SUV market, their vehicles become larger and more popular. The Armada was sold in two trim levels; the SE and LE. Options include 18-inch alloy wheels, reclining second row seating, dual-zone climate control (with separate controls for the front and rear), an eight-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer/player, full power accessories, and power adjustable pedals.
Following in the tradition of Cartier Lincolns, this SUV takes inspiration from a famous clothing designer (Eddie Bauer). Two-tone paint, plush leather upholstery, faux wood interior trim, an auto dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and Ford Sync connectivity are among the features exclusive to the Eddie Bauer package. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control, antilock brakes, Roll Stability Control, front seat side airbags, and first and second row side curtain airbags.
As the largest SUV in the Toyota lineup the Sequoia provides a moderate degree of off-road ability, for such tasks as family camping trips and putting the boat in the lake, but it also shines with refined road manners and a comfortable and spacious interior. Powered by a 273-horsepower 4.7-liter V8, mated with a five-speed automatic transmission, the Sequoia is capable of towing 6,500-pounds. Limited Edition Sequoias come fully equipped with leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a premium JBL audio system.
The Navigator is often credited with starting the SUV craze and it may just be true. It is powered by a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which seems a little tame when compared to the Chevy and Chrysler entries. It was sold with luxurious trappings such as rear parking sensors, power adjustable sideview mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, power adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, power rear lift gate, heated and cooled seats, 20-inch chromed alloy wheels, a navigation system, and power retracting running boards.
Powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 320-horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque, the Tahoe is at home on the farm or in the city. The powerful engine is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. Electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring are standard safety equipment. A rollover sensor and three-row side curtain airbag system are also available as optional safety equipment.