45 most popular SUVs to buy used, ranked by CarMax

There’s lots to love about SUVs. Whether it’s for ferrying family about town, enjoying a road trip in comfort or doing a spot of hauling, these vehicles have you covered.

Their growing popularity is testament to their versatility, but with so many options on the market, it’s always helpful to have some reference points, especially if you’re buying used. Take a look at the 45 most popular SUVs to buy preowned, put together by CarMax, based mainly on sales data for periods of 2018. You can browse the options by different categories across the SUV segment, from AWDs and compacts to three-row and hybrid models.


GMC Arcadia SUV
The GMC Arcadia is one of the most popular three-row utilities to buy used at CarMax.


Compact SUVs

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Jeep Cherokee
  3. Ford Escape
  4. Chevrolet Equinox
  5. Ford Explorer


Compact SUVs under $20,000

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Ford Escape
  3. Honda CR-V
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Jeep Patriot


Midsize SUVs

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  3. Kia Sorento
  4. Nissan Pathfinder
  5. Lexus RX350


Three-row SUVs

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Dodge Journey
  3. Nissan Pathfinder
  4. GMC Acadia
  5. Honda Pilot


Three-row SUVs under $25,000

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. GMC Acadia
  3. Nissan Pathfinder
  4. Chevrolet Traverse
  5. Acura MDX


Crossover SUVs

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Ford Escape
  3. Chevrolet Equinox
  4. Honda CR-V
  5. Ford Explorer



  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Jeep Wrangler
  4. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  5. Ford Explorer


Hybrid SUVs

  1. Lexus RX-450H
  2. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  3. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  4. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  5. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid


SUVs with the best MPG

  1. 2015 Honda CR-V (4WD automatic, 2.4L) and 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD automatic, 2.5L), 32/26 MPG
  2. 2015-16 Nissan Rogue (4WD automatic, 2.5L), 31/25 MPG
  3. 2015-16 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD automatic, 2.4L), 31/22 MPG
  4. 2015 Toyota RAV4 (4WD automatic, 3.2L), 27/20 MPG
  5. 2015 Jeep Cherokee (4WD automatic, 3.2L), 27/20 MPG


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