Ten of the Best Used SUVs for Colorado Living

October 18th, 2019 by

A blue 2016 Jeep Renegade is driving on a dirt road.

The Colorado lifestyle is unique. At 6,800 feet above sea level, Colorado is the highest of all the 50 states. Boasting breathtaking mountain ranges, stunning wilderness, and plenty of outdoor activities, we are certainly the state of the rugged adventurer. Our team of auto dealers here at The Faricy Boys of Colorado Springs is quite familiar with what the Colorado lifestyle entails. We boast a wide selection of vehicles, from sleek sedans to powerful pickup trucks; that said, a popular pick amongst Colorado Springs locals is the SUV. Designed for the rough and tumble of the wilderness, no vehicle exudes the Colorado lifestyle quite like the SUV. That said, plenty of our customers visit our dealership with a single question, “What are the best-used SUVs for Colorado Springs?” It’s a great question with a multi-layered answer, so here are our picks for great used SUVs.

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe

Vehicles like the 2018 Chevy Tahoe are a great fit for Colorado Springs locals who want a great mix of practicality and utility. The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is a full-size SUV that can hold up to eight passengers. At the same time, this robust SUV can be fitted with a 4WD drivetrain, which allows the vehicle to cover both rough terrain and the snowy road conditions of the winter season. Base models also sport a solid towing capacity, which is great if you want to haul a small camper out to locations like Rocky Mountain National Park. Equipped with a 5.8-liter V-8 engine, the Chevrolet Tahoe puts out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft worth of torque, providing a truly remarkable driving experience.

A white 2018 Chevy Tahoe is driving past trees with no leaves.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade

We’d be remised if we discussed driving for the Colorado lifestyle and didn’t mention vehicles like the Jeep Renegade. Quirky, charming, and with plenty of spunk to take on even the roughest trails, the Jeep Renegade is the enthusiastic runt of the Jeep family lineup. Don’t let its size fool you, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, for instance, sports a robust 4×4 drivetrain and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that can make short work of even the toughest of obstacles. With a solid fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, it’s one of the few off-road capable SUVs to provide some pretty inexpensive driving.

The 2017 Honda CR-V

At first glance, vehicles like the 2017 Honda CR-V can be easily overlooked as a rugged ‘Colorado-worthy’ SUV. The exterior appearance mimics that of more street-worthy cars, but much like the Jeep Renegade, you shouldn’t let the outer shell of the Honda CR-V fool you. Models like the 2017 Honda CR-V LX, sport an AWD drivetrain which, while not as robust as Jeep’s 4×4 system, still makes for some incredibly capable handling on and off the pavement. Campers will certainly delight too, as the 2017 Honda CR-V sports 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and with those rear seats folded, drivers will be able to enjoy up to 75.8 cubic feet, more than enough for all of your gear.

The 2015 Subaru Outback

Subaru is no stranger to the rugged, outdoorsy, wanderlust lifestyle, and they make that clear in their wide selection of vehicles. Here at Faricy Boys of Colorado Springs, we have a lot of respect for the Subaru Outback, an AWD crossover that combines street-side practicality with off-road-worthy capability. While you won’t be able to climb obstacles quite like you would in something like the Jeep Wrangler, thanks to that AWD drivetrain, you’ll be able to take on rain, snow, mud, and dirt with relative ease.

The 2015 GMC Yukon

While the GMC Yukon may stand out as an oddball on this list, it is certainly still worthy of Colorado driving. Not only can the GMC Yukon be fitted with a 4WD drivetrain, but it is also a full-sized SUV, which makes a great fit for either families, or drivers who prioritize the ability to transport plenty of cargo and gear. The 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali, in particular, is a great fit, thanks to the EcoTec3 6.2-liter V8 engine tucked beneath the hood, which still manages to earn 21 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg in the city.

The 2016 Cadillac SRX

When people think Colorado driving, typically, the last thing that comes to mind is a luxury car. That said, the 2016 Cadillac SRX certainly made our list as a top favorite amongst Colorado drivers. The 2016 Cadillac SRX is more than just a luxury SUV, thanks to the AWD drivetrain, this SUV is as capable as it is luxurious. This luxury SUV is no stranger to engine power either as placed behind that classic Cadillac grille is a 308 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that can certainly keep up with the rest of them.

2018 Toyota 4Runner

Full-size SUVs are a favorite amongst Colorado Springs locals, and few offer a drive quite as Colorado worthy as the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Models like the 4Runner TRD Premium are tooled with a fully capable 4WD drivetrain and increased ground clearance to give drivers the leverage they need to take on the roughest terrain in the Colorado wilderness. This same model boasts a roaring 4.0-liter V6 engine beneath the hood, which is certain to deliver whenever put to the test.

The 2017 Jeep Compass

It may or may not surprise you that Jeep is bound to reappear more than once on this list. Jeep is no stranger to the rugged outdoorsy lifestyle, and they make that quite evident in their 2017 Jeep Compass High Altitude. This model of the mid-sized SUV enjoys a Jeep-worthy 4WD drivetrain allowing it to keep up on the trail with the other members in the family lineup. While the 180 horsepower four-cylinder engine may seem small for some, it still packs quite a punch and is likely to give you the power you need when you need it.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee

When asking 'what are the best used SUVs in Colorado Springs?' this orange 2015 Jeep Cherokee in the snow might be a result.

Another honorable mention of the jeep family lineup is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee, and more importantly, the Trailhawk trim. Like the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the most off-road capable edition of the Jeep Cherokee provides drivers with a fully capable 4WD drivetrain. Yet, drivers who have been disappointed by the engine power offered in the Renegade and the Compass will certainly be satisfied by the 3.2-liter V6 engine, which pumps out 239 lb-ft of torque; certainly worthwhile of some serious off-roading.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler

Of course, this list would be incomplete if we didn’t include the Jeep Wrangler. And of all the used models that we might offer at Faricy Boys of Colorado Springs, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is a fan favorite for drivers who want a late modeled off-road capable vehicle. Our inventory is always changing, so you may or may not come across any of the models mentioned above. That said, no matter what year or trim option you decide to purchase, you’ll be able to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle that is ready for anything. From the seriously heavy off-road tires to the sturdy suspension and considerable amount of ground clearance, the Jeep Wrangler won’t hesitate on even some of the most challenging routes. Take into account the 4WD drivetrain, and the fact that most Wranglers sport a V6 engine, and you’ll have a vehicle that breaks the mold as a Colorado worthy SUV.

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