Top Used SUVs for sale in Kansas City

Posted Friday, Feb 26, 2021

The Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) has been called the swiss army knife of cars and it certainly fits the description. Mainly because of the bigger tires, awesome cubbies, and the cupholders! Making it a favorite choice for families and singles. So finding a reliable used suv for sale can be difficult.

Just kidding. We are here to help!

The SUV comes in so many makes and models it can be hard to choose what you need based on looks alone. Buying a used SUV for sale is great for many reasons. One nice perk is that some of the models are no longer made, so you can get a one-of-a-kind car for a much cheaper price.

But before you determine what kind of SUV you want, you will want to examine why you want one in the first place. Here are some of the (real) reasons people decide to purchase one of the most popular vehicle types in the US.

  1. Space! Most SUVs have 5-plus passenger seating, which is great for the soccer moms, carpoolers, and large families. With the higher roof, larger seats, and additional leg room, taller passengers can ride without their knees and heads at awkward angles. Besides the basic comfort and added space, some SUVs come with 3rdrow seating with stowaway seats!

 

  1. Road Warriors! Diverse driving conditions are no problem for many SUVs. Depending on the drivetrain, SUVs can handle winter driving, off-roading, dirt roads, climbing over difficult terrain-like rocks and steep hills, sand and more. They can also tow stuff! Their towing capacity varies so you’ll want to check out your user manual for specifics, but some can tow up to 9,000 pounds! Perfect for the weekend boaters, campers, and general haulers out there.

 

  1. Sweet Ride! Overall SUVs are comfortable with leg room, enhanced features, and extra everything. From vents to cubbies, cupholders and storage, it’s easy to organize the pieces of your life all the nooks and crannies of an SUV.

 

  1. So Much Storage! Whatever size you choose for your SUV, you can count on it having more cargo space than other vehicles. Owners of SUVs have found ways to cram items into the back, front, and sides like a well-placed Jenga set.

 

Loading one of these machines with groceries, athletic equipment coolers, and more is no problem for most owners. And that’s just the interior. Most SUVs have bike racks on the back and mounts on top so you can load up your kayak, ski’s, suitcases or whatever else you need.

 

  1. Safe Driving! Safety is obviously something no one wants to sacrifice and doing your research is vital when it comes to driving and choosing an automobile. SUVs are top-heavy that can be problematic with the higher risk of rollovers. However, through time, rebuilding, and technology has had some major positive impacts in the manufacturing of SUVS. There are more airbags throughout the machines, enhanced safety features to minimize risks of roll overs, and better interior systems in case of an accident.

 

On the outside, the SUV maintains it’s tougher exterior, better visibility due to its height, and another advantage is the higher undercarriage. Wouldn’t it be nice to maneuver over those nasty speed humps without scraping the bottom of your old sedan? Or be able to straddle right over that squirrel who decides to play chicken in the middle of the street?

So, that tells you why most people decide to buy an SUV. But let’s talk about your decision using the 5 W’s.

  1. Who are you? Are you a person that can handle a large SUV? Do you just need some additional room that a compact or crossover might offer so you don’t sacrifice style? Are you a luxury person or more of a sporty or adventurous type?

 

  1. What would you do with all the extra? How much space do you need? Who or what is the space for? Are you going to cart around a pack of dogs, a litter of kids, toys? How will you fill all the cupholders??

 

  1. When will you use the vehicle? Think about your climate, does it snow a lot? You might want to consider an SUV for driving in icy conditions. Do you plan to have your SUV sit for long periods of time? Make sure you take care of the car. Cold weather and non-use can have detrimental effects on the engine and other car parts.

Adversely, driving around in hot weather can take a toll on your car as well. Cars need fluids, just like humans, so making sure your vehicle is hydrated can make all the difference in how your machine operates. Therefore, car maintenance in all types of weather is a must.

  1. Where will you use your vehicle? Do you plan to drive in the mountains? Better make sure the drivetrain can handle the adventure. Are you a weekend warrior who loves to take your boat or trailer out and about? Check out that towing capacity. Or are you planning to drive around mostly in town? Chances are a crossover could be perfect for your needs.

 

  1. Why do you want one? The most important question of all. Think about why you want an SUV. Is there something specific you think an SUV can give you that your current vehicle can’t? Make a list of wants and needs you can see an SUV fulfilling and jot down items using the W’s above to help guide you on your search for an SUV.

Now for the hard - but fun - part. Going shopping!

Choosing from the plethora that is the variety of used SUVs can be overwhelming. There are hybrids, crossovers, sub-sizes, and super-sizes and variations of them all to pick from. On top of that, there are literally hundreds of features in each to choose from.

The basic SUV models are:

Compact/Crossover – These SUVs are built more like a car and great for city driving but have a bit more room for passengers. Some models in this category look more like the typical SUV and some models are better than others for off-roading. Be sure to figure out what you need the SUV to do and explore features of the models.

                City Wide Inventory:

Kia Soul

                Jeep Cherokee

                Jeep Liberty

                Ford EscapeWe’ve got 3!

                Chevrolet Trax

 

Mid-Size – This is a great option for SUVers. With all the extra room you need for road trips, family vacations, off-roading, and all the cargo space you can handle. This type of vehicle has a truck-based build so you can even tow some decent-sized toys like boats, and small trailers. Many vehicles this size also offer third row seating that stows nicely.

                City Wide Inventory:

                Ford Explorer

                Hyundai Santa FeWe’ve got 2!

 

Full-size – These are built big. Large SUVs like these are great for towing, offer a ton more storage space, and have a great body style for safety.

While City Wide doesn’t currently have full-size SUVs in stock, check back often! We receive cars daily and with our Car Finder tool, we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

A lot of people have sticker-shock when buying an SUV. You get more for your money when purchasing a larger vehicle with more everything, but it doesn’t have to break your bank!

Aside from the blink-inducing expense, buying a new vehicle means super quick depreciation and when you factor in financing with a small down payment. This can cause buyers to owe more than the car is worth by the time you’ve made your last payment.

That’s why buying a used vehicle from a reputable dealer can make all the difference when finding a lower-budget vehicle that meets your needs. Buying used can benefit you in other ways as well.

Benefits of Buying Used:

  • Used vehicles mean lower insurance rates.
  • Less depreciation means better investment.
  • Special features won’t affect the sticker price.

One of the concerns of buying used vehicles is how long they will last. The good news is that if well-maintained, SUVs can run for around 200,000 miles! Even better news, all of City Wide’s leased vehicles come with a Used Vehicle Protection Warranty!

You can rest easy knowing City Wide has your back when it comes to financing with our customizable options for buying and leasing your SUV. Our main purpose is to accelerate your future and help you drive your dream, and we work with you from the beginning to achieve that goal.