On The Hunt For Used SUV Values

February 14th, 2020 by

A burgundy 2017 Used Cadillac SUV XT5 driving by a rock-covered hill outside Fort Worth, TX.

For those of us looking for an SUV on a budget, the used section of the dealer’s lot is a great place to start. At Frank Kent Cadillac, our used car selection features vehicles that can meet nearly every need and budget. For those longing for a big, bold, luxurious vehicle, it’s true––you can even find a used Cadillac SUV to up your street cred without being too hard on your budget.

In fact, used SUVs tend to retain a lot of their value for drivers, with price tags that aren’t intimidating, but plenty of features and driveability. In fact, many of the SUVs from the past five to ten years are ideal investments for those who don’t have a lot to spend, but plenty of miles to travel. Though there are many aspects of a vehicle that go into the overall asking price, there are plenty of SUVs that feature budget price tags and the latest in technology and safety. This list includes twelve of the most popular used budget-friendly SUVs in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, presented in no particular order, for your consideration. While we can’t guarantee all of these will be on our lot, stop in to see how we can make your used SUV dreams come true.

2015 Ford Escape

Ford has manufactured the Escape since 2001, so they’ve got a perfected formula on their side when it comes to offering compact SUVs. The Escape manages to combine a good looking SUV with tight engineering features that make sense with impressive fuel economy.

The 2015 model was offered with a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine that offered 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, with an optional 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder or 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder available on SE and Titanium trim levels. The 1.6L engine offered 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.0L brought 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Altogether, the front-wheel drive models averaged a fuel economy of 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, while the all-wheel drive models averaged 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, which is very little difference when adding AWD capability.

The 2015 Escape also introduced the hands-free liftgate, and the Ford MyKey program, which allowed parents to set regulations for teenage drivers. Controls for the audio and cruise control moved to the steering wheel, and drivers enjoyed a six-speaker audio system that included AM/FM radio, CD, and an auxiliary connection.

2018 Chevy Trax

Brand new Chevy Trax features a reasonable price tag, so it stands to reason that a gently-used model will be even more budget-friendly.
The 2018 model featured fantastic fuel economy, driven by a 1.4L turbocharged inline-4 engine that offered 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, resulting in 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway for front-wheel drive models and 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway for all-wheel drive models.

This year included an upgraded infotainment system, which incorporated Bluetooth audio, USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 4G LTE WiFi capability. Extra features include a sunroof and heated leatherette seats, remote entry and start, and an impressive suite of safety features like blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and parking sensors.

2017 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue was offered as a hybrid or non-hybrid model. While the standard of each model included seating for five, the non-hybrid model could be equipped with a third-row seating option to accommodate up to seven passengers.

The hybrid engine is a 2.0L inline-4 paired with an electric motor, which offers a peak horsepower of 176. Front-wheel drive options had a fuel economy of 33 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, while all-wheel drive models can get up to 31 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.

The non-hybrid engine is a 2.5L inline-4 that offers 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, which receives a fuel economy of 26 or 25 MPG in the city and 33 or 32 MPG on the highway, depending on whether the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive option is chosen.

Nissan Rogue drivers are able to receive features like Bluetooth phone and audio, a color display screen with a rearview camera, a flexible cargo storage system, heated seats and mirrors, leather upholstery, and safety technology like Intelligent Cruise Control and emergency forward braking.

2019 Cadillac XT4

This is a barely-used car, but Cadillac brought the XT4 onto the market as a small luxury crossover with a friendly price tag. Therefore, models that have seen a few miles will be even more accessible, especially as Cadillac works on refining this new model.

The XT4 features a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that offers 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with a resulting fuel economy of 24 or 22 MPG in the city or 30 or 29 MPG on the highway for FWD and AWD, respectively.

It says something about the XT4 that the base trim is titled “Luxury.” In fact, this trim includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, leatherette interior, power-adjustable front seats, and the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system. The Premium Luxury and Sport trims include more robust safety alert systems for changing lanes, monitoring blind spots, parking assist, and wood and carbon trim choices, with ambient lighting and illuminated door handles.

2016 Cadillac SRX

The SRX is a five-passenger SUV that hits the sweet spot between value and luxury. Features like Automatic Emergency Braking were added to the 2016 models, giving this year as much safety as it had luxury; this year included a Bose audio system as well.

The engine is a highly capable 3.6L V6 that offers 308 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is adequate, with 17 MPG or 16 MPG in the city and 24 mpg or 23 mpg depending on whether the model is FWD or AWD.

Still, this model includes a truly impressive suite of features for the model year, such as a pet cargo space, a two-screen entertainment system with wireless headphone capability, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevy Equinox

The 2017 Chevy Equinox was applauded for its roomy back seat, which is actually adjustable to make room for more, and those that value legroom, cargo space, and the ability to move a child seat easily will agree to this day.

The standard Equinox engine is a 2.4L inline-4 that offers 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, but a 3.6L V6 was an option for LT and Premier trim levels, offering 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque.

The 2017 Equinox was more modest in its comfort and convenience offerings, but an adjustable power liftgate, Bluetooth phone connectivity, navigation, and cross path and blind-spot alerts help sweeten the deal for those looking for the safest possible ride.

2018 Jeep Cherokee

Another recent SUV that can be found well-loved and cared for on used car lots is the 2018 Grand Cherokee. The two engine options for this model included the base 2.4L inline-4, with its 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, or the upgraded 3.2L V6, with 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.

Trim levels included the Sport, Latitude, Overland, and Trailhawk. While a rearview camera, 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, and six-speaker audio were standard, many opted to higher trims that included leather seats, an upgraded infotainment system, power driver’s seat, power liftgate, and more.

2017 Cadillac XT5

While the XT4 showed up on the scene with a friendlier budget, Cadillac fans may have to look back in history just a bit further to find a budget XT5. The good news is that they won’t have to look too far.

Offered in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims (in addition to a rare “base” model), the XT5 includes a 3.6L V6 engine that offers 310 horsepower and 271 lb/ft of torque. The selective drive modes include a highly coveted Sport Mode that delays the transmission shifts and changes the torque and suspension to create a fun to use ride.

Cruise control, power front seats, remote controlled windows, and a leather steering wheel came standard on all XT5s, but upper trims include safety features such as adaptive cruise control, park assist, front and rear collision warning, a sunroof, and ventilated seats.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe may seem like the dark horse of the SUV race; however, the 2017 model includes a full list of features that deserve a second glance. For example, this year, Blue Link technology became standard on all Santa Fe’s, which added navigation, remote start, stolen-vehicle alerts, as well as emergency support.

The bucket seats are fully adjustable, including lumbar support. Some trims include heated second-row seats and leather upholstery all around. Additional safety technology packages could be added to the standard offerings, which means many used Santa Fe models will have features such as rear cross traffic alerts, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and Smart Cruise Control.

The 2017 Santa Fe included a 3.3L V6 engine that offered 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with a modest fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.

2007 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade has long been one of Cadillac’s most coveted SUVs and features a price tag that matches the level of luxury this vehicle provides. However, scrolling back through the Escalade’s catalog reveals that earlier models can be budget-friendly while retaining all of the elite features that brought them to the head of the class.

Under the hood is a mighty 6.2L V8 engine that brings along with it 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Escalade to tow up to 7,700 pounds. While the fuel economy is under 20 MPG regardless of mileage or drive train, it makes up for multiple trips to the gas station with loads of amazing features.

The Escalade brought out power liftgates as standard equipment, along with the StabiliTrak system that now appears on all GM vehicles. The Bose Digital Surround Sound is sure to be a bonus, along with manual transmission tap buttons. Many aged Escalades are now proudly mounted on 22-inch wheels, which were a luxury feature in 2007. A rearview camera, power fold second-row seats, and heated seats all around are just a few of the features that can be found in 2007 models.

2014 Chevy Suburban

The Chevy Suburban is credited with being America’s First SUV, so it stands to reason that one would appear on this list. Of course, they typically feature a very high price tag with all the capability and space built into Chevy’s top full-sized SUV. With room for up to nine passengers, this is a whole lot of auto.

The 2014 model includes a 5.3L V8 engine that offers 320 horsepower and 335 lb/ft of torque. This was the introductory year for Chevy’s Active Fuel Management technology, which reduces engine capacity to a 4-cylinder activation for lighter loads. This not only helps with your fuel budget but cuts back on emissions, too.

Rear-wheel drive is standard on all 2014 Suburbans, but all-wheel drive was a very popular option. All trims include three zones of climate control, a rearview camera, an audio system featuring Bluetooth, AM/FM, CD, and USB connectivity, and cruise control. Higher trim levels offer heated and ventilated seats, upgraded interior, wheels, and sound system, and luxurious leather seats.

2005 Nissan Xterra

2005 was the first year for Xterra, and it remains a sort of classic among SUVs in its own right. It’s well-equipped with a 4.0L V6 engine, with 265 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque to its name.

One of the biggest draws of Xterra––both then and now––is its off-road capability. As an optional package, the off-road suite of equipment includes a locking electronic rear differential, Bilstein shocks, hill start assist, and descent control, and a low-range clutch lock. The interior was designed to get dirty, touted as being easy to clean. Interior cargo hooks and a two-level glove box add necessary storage, and Xterra even came with its own first aid kit.

Finding A Used SUV at Frank Kent Cadillac

Not only are SUVs plenty capable––they often create a drain on the budget. By checking out the used SUV selection at Frank Kent Cadillac in Fort Worth, you won’t have to compromise value and luxury; they’re one and the same. Whether you’re looking for one of these models, or have a different vision of your daily commute, there’s a used SUV that meets exactly your needs.

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