Thinking About Getting An SUV? Read This Before Buying

May 13, 2020 | Scott Mazza

Thinking About Getting An SUV? Read This Before Buying

Choosing the Right Vehicle

These days, more and more consumers are looking to trade in their regular passenger car for a trendy SUV. After all, an SUV really marries style, convenience, and durability. In fact, the SUV is such a popular vehicle, manufacturers are making new models, new perks, and new upgrades to their existing line-ups.

It's great to have options, but for those looking into the SUV market for the first (or second, or third) time, the array is almost dizzying array. There’s also a lot of conflicting advice when it comes to buying an SUV, so let this be your guide. We’ll even show you some new models to consider.

Happy hunting!

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First off, know this: SUVs are surprisingly affordable. Moreover, the money you do put into the vehicle pays off in luxury details, elegant storage solutions, and bonus features. In fact, you can buy a reliable SUV for below $30,000, and there are lots of exciting options coming to your local dealer’s right now or in the near future.

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Considering Your SUV Options

Of course, you might also want to consider recent older models of SUV. Be informed about what you buy, though. Manufacturers are constantly tweaking and upgrading their models based on road tests and customer feedback. As a result, you want to make sure what you do end up buying is the most optimal car for your needs. Generally, after three years, manufacturers give their models a facelift, and after six they do a complete redesign on the line-up. Go in with an open mind, and you could find yourself a hidden gem.

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New SUV Model Choices

But what are some of the brand new models out there today for 2020 and 2021? Take a look.

Mazda CX-30

Price: About $25,000

Best Perks: Optional leather seats and a rogue’s gallery of high-tech features for driving assistance.

This is your go-to SUV if you want all the class and style of a sports utility vehicle without hurting your bank account. Mazda is a great manufacturer and has a broad and reliable line-up of SUVs. Their new 2020 Mazda CX30 is compact for a SUV, and looks a little the perfect mix between a Mazda 3 hatchback and the standard SUV style. In other words, you can save some money on this SUV and look good doing it.

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Chevrolet Trailblazer

Price: $21,300—$23,000

Best Perks: This beauty has features like adaptive cruise control and even pedestrian breaking for a smoother ride, whether you’re driving the kids to school or hitting the highway.

Chevy’s upcoming line-up has something for new and old fans of the classic brand alike, and the Trailblazer is leading the charge, naturally. This old favorite left in 2009, but it’s back with a whole new set of features and perks. The 2021 redesign is a crossover that’s just a little bit smaller than the Equinox. With slick options like a two-tone body job and an airy inside, this isn’t your mother’s Trailblazer.

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Ford Bronco

Price: About $28,000

Best Perks: Bigger and sturdier than the first two items on this list, the Ford Bronco is a rugged companion to take with you off-road. It makes sense, then, that the car is due to have open-air driving options to give you even more space on the open road.

This retro favorite (it was one of the most popular cars of the 1990s) is now one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles of the future. With a lot of the features under wraps or unconfirmed in the planning stages, this car truly has to be experienced to be believed.

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Buick Encore GX

Price: $23,000—$32,000

Best Perks: The new Buick Encore GX is pretty close to endlessly adaptable, with a ton of different engine choices, trim styles, and driver assistance technology. With the Buick Encore GX, the road truly is your oyster.

This is Buick’s version of a larger subcompact SUV, and it’s a brand new project for the manufacturer. With a roomy cargo hold, road trips will be a total breeze in this vehicle. As a bonus, Buick has also tried to make this SUV clean, quiet, and fuel-efficient.

Which vehicle strikes your fancy? Do you prefer something smaller, or something built for the off-road? Whatever you choose, an SUV is an excellent style of car.

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