J.D. Power and Associates has released its list of the most reliable used crossovers and SUVs to buy from the 2008 model year.
The list of the most reliable used crossovers to buy is collected by measuring problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2008 model year) vehicles, includes 202 different problem symptoms across all areas of the vehicle. Overall dependability is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
The 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study is based on responses from more than 43,700 original owners of 2008 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. The study was fielded between October and December 2010.
Below are links to used crossover reviews written by various About.com guides like Basem Wasef, Aaron Gold and the crossover utility master Jason Fogelson. Click on the vehicle name to brought to the reviews.
In some cases, exact model-year reviews aren't available but links are provided to similar model years because significant changes may not have occurred between 2007 and 2008 (for example). I have also included some commentary from my experience with the models when they were first new.
Compact Crossover / SUV
Honda CR-V It's a fan favorite for a reason. It's a dependable little crossover that gets the job done without a lot of fuss.
Subaru Forester Foresters tend to run a little bit expensive in the used crossover market. Decide if you really need four-wheel drive all the time. You may not.
Toyota RAV4 Just like the CR-V, the RAV4 is a good used crossover vehicle. It's going to give you years of carefree driving.
Entry Premium Crossover / SUV
BMW X3 (No About.Com review available for this model year.) Frankly, I have always been a little underwhelmed by this generation of the X3 but whom am I to complain if others rate it so highly?
Midsize Crossover / SUV
Toyota 4Runner The Toyota 4Runner is really the best of the bunch of the crossover/SUV class in terms of price and capabilities. It's really a down-home version of much more expensive SUVs, yet has a fairly refined road ride.
Hyundai Santa Fe The Santa Fe was really one of the first strong signs that Hyundai was stepping its game up. About the only knock against the Santa Fe could be its look has quickly become dated. The new Santa Fe really makes this generation look old.
Ford Edge The appeal of the Edge eluded me when first introduced and, frankly, still does. However, new vehicle owners have flocked to it in droves. Just proves not all auto reviewers are always right and you really need to drive a used car for yourself.Midsize Premium Crossover / SUV
Lexus RX I once did a story on a man who was in a Lexus RX350 and was struck full on at the driver's side door (a T-bone crash so to speak) and walked out of the emergency room under his own power a couple hours later. How can one not recommend a crossover that safe?
Lexus GX 470 Given my druthers, I'm going with the RX 350 for the reasons I outlined above. The GX 470 is a perfectly fine vehicle but I don't know anybody personally who was broadsided by a truck and lived to tell the tale in a GX 470.
Volvo XC70 (No About.Com review available for this model year.) You really can't go wrong with this vehicle, which is actually more of a station wagon. It feels solidly planted on the road and handles a diverse range of driving conditions with ease.Large Crossover / SUV
Chevrolet Tahoe (No About.Com review available for this model year.) Most any vehicle called into service for public safety use can be relied on for durability. The Tahoe is going to provide good, dependable service even if the ride is less than inspiring at times.
GMC Yukon The Yukon, appropriate to its GMC badge, has a more upscale feel to it than its Chevrolet Tahoe sibling. The fit and finish is better with softer touches all around.
Toyota Sequoia Toyota doesn't do pickups all that well but it manages to succeed with crossovers and sport utility vehicles like the Sequoia. It's a rugged vehicle with tons of capabilities that most owners will never exploit but it's going to get you around town in comfort.Large Premium Crossover / SUV
Lincoln Navigator It is large and it is smooth with appropriate levels of luxury but the Navigator really lacks any style. Looking for a large, comfortable people mover? This is your SUV. Just don't expect it turn any heads, except possibly when people see how much you pay to fill it up.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Except for the classic G-Wagen, Mercedes SUV's are largely non-descript and almost not worthy of bearing the Mercedes' badge. The GL Wagon would be the exception in this mix. It's quiet, rides well, and has just the right amount of oomph in addition to decent handling.