6 Used SUVs That Belong on Your Lot

April 7, 2023

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6 Used SUVs That Belong on Your Lot

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In 2019, SUVs made for nearly half of vehicle sales in the United States, and the market is growing, thanks to drivers looking for something comfortable that takes them from daily errands with the family to weekend adventures1. Stocking the right SUVs at a dealership can help you keep up with growing consumer demand. Below are six options worth considering for your lot.

Top Used SUVs for Dealerships to Stock

1. Hyundai Santa Fe (2018)

Those wanting an everyday family car should consider the Hyundai Santa Fe. Comfort amenities include dual-zone climate control, optional leather, and heated seats. Basic trims also include lumbar adjustment functionality for the driver. The base trim includes a 7-inch touchscreen with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and USB connections. Upgrades are available for a larger touchscreen, sound system, and built-in navigation. The Hyundai Santa Fe also received a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)², so your customers will feel good about enjoying such a comfortable ride.

A used 2018 silver Hyundai Santa Fe in a parking lot
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2. Chevrolet Equinox (2017)

The Chevrolet Equinox is considered a compact SUV, but it offers plenty of rear-passenger space, making it ideal for families who might be carpooling to school and extracurriculars. This used SUV is built for convenience, thanks to plenty of user-friendly tech, like remote keyless entry, hands-free phone capabilities, and a touchscreen monitor that supports smartphone interfacing and navigation.

The upgraded LT model includes blind-spot detection and rear cross-path detection, while the Premier level includes lane-departure warnings and a forward-collision alert for even safer driving. The Equinox allows for both front- and all-wheel drive courtesy of a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine comes standard, but an upgraded 3.6-liter, V6 engine is also available3.

A used blue 2017 Chevrolet Equinox in a parking lot
2017 Chevrolet Equinox

3. Nissan Murano (2020)

The Nissan Murano provides a smooth, stable ride while getting 28 mpg highway and 20 mpg city driving. In addition to its fuel efficiency, this used SUV sports a padded leather interior that conveys comfort and quality.

Parents will appreciate the safety features, including two LATCH connectors for securing car seats, a rearview camera, driver-attention monitoring, and a pre-collision warning system. Upgraded trim levels expand on the safety offerings to include lane-departure alerts, pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, and surround-view parking cameras.

The Murano’s amenities include remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and an optional moonroof and remote starter. It’s a great family SUV with comfortable seating for five passengers and plenty of upgrade options4.

A used white 2020 Nissan Murano in a parking lot
2020 Nissan Murano

4. Kia Sportage (2019)

The Kia Sportage earns its name from solid handling and an engine capable of going 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds. All-wheel drive options are available to conquer differing road conditions, as are engine upgrades in the SX model and interior and electronic upgrades in the EX model.

Cargo space is slightly more limited than other vehicles in its class, but the interior is attractive and comfortable. The Sportage comes with a strong safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to its selection of available features starting at the EX level, including automated emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitors5.

A used 2019 Kia Sportage in a dealer parking lot
2019 Kia Sportage

5. GMC Terrain (2019)

The GMC Terrain is an eye-catching crossover SUV that packs comfort and performance into a compact package. Keyless entry and a 7-inch infotainment display that supports Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ come standard, and upgraded tech includes a 360 degree-camera system, parking sensors, enhanced Bose® audio system, and heads-up display.

The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-four, giving you 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Higher trim levels offer a turbocharged 2-liter I-4 engine with 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway fuel efficiency. All in all, the Terrain is a functional and stylish option for daily driving6.

A used silver GMC Terrain in a parking lot
2019 GMC Terrain

6. Mazda CX-5 (2019)

If safety is a priority, point your customers toward the Mazda CX-5. This SUV earned a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. Available safety features include pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, traffic alerts, and driver attention alerts.

Metallic and mica exterior colors give the CX-5 a luxe appearance, and that feeling continues to the interior with amenities like Bluetooth capability, voice activation for the phone and radio systems, speech-to-text features for hands-free communication, and a multi-function display.

The baseline CX-5 is powered by a 2.5-liter engine and 6-speed transmission with standard front-wheel drive. Upgraded Grand Touring and Signature packages come with a turbocharged version and all-wheel drive for extra performance7.

A used blue Mazda CX-5 in a dealer parking lot
2019 Mazda CX-5

Build Your Used SUV Inventory With ACV Auctions

If you’re in the market for pre-owned SUVs that will keep customers visiting your dealership, join ACV Auctions and start browsing. We’re the go-to online marketplace for high-quality vehicles and simple, transparent bidding. Learn about a car’s condition and value before you buy with our data-backed market reports, so you can be confident in your auction strategy. We make it easy to acquire and transport used cars across the country, meaning you never have to worry about gaps in your inventory. 


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  2. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. Car and Driver. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from  https://www.caranddriver.com/hyundai/santa-fe-2018
  3. Buglewicz, K. (9 February 2021). 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Review. Kelley Blue Book. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from https://www.kbb.com/chevrolet/equinox/2017/
  4. Koses, B. (10 February 2022) 2020 Nissan Murano Review. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/nissan/murano/2020
  5. Stafford, E. 2019 Kia Sportage. Car and Driver. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/sportage-2019
  6. Leanse, A. 2019 GMC Terrain Expert Review. MotorTrend. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from https://www.motortrend.com/cars/gmc/terrain/2019/
  7. Powell, D. 2019 Mazda CX-5 Expert Review. MotorTrend. Retrieved on April 2, 2023, from https://www.motortrend.com/cars/mazda/cx-5/2019/