Shopping For a Used Chevy SUV? Here’s One For Every Driving Style

March 15th, 2024 by

A red 2023 Chevy Tahoe is shown driving at night.

When it comes to shopping from one of the most diverse and reliable SUV lineups, it doesn’t get any better than Chevy. Chevy has an SUV offering in every size class, ranging from car-like subcompacts all the way up to truck-based full-size models. Chevy’s pretty much got the SUV market cornered, and because its models are known to last, our pre-owned inventory offers terrific value to drivers. As a used Chevy dealer, we know how in-demand pre-owned Chevy SUVs are.

Since Chevy does make so many models—including more than one model for some size classes—many shoppers visit us unsure which one is right for them. While there is, of course, a lot to know about the Chevy lineup and our team is happy to do a deeper dive into any of these vehicles, below is a broad strokes overview of some of the most popular used Chevy SUVs. We’ll cover the highlights of each one and which driver might like them the most.

When You Want Seating for Nine: The Suburban Full-Size SUV

Chevy makes two full-size SUVs: the Tahoe and the Suburban. But if you want the most spacious cabin offered by a used Chevy SUV, you’ll want to get the Suburban. The Suburban comes in seven-passenger, eight-passenger, and nine-passenger configurations. If you opt for the nine-passenger one, you’ll have bench seats in all three rows, including the first row. So, between the driver and outboard front passenger seat, you’ll find an additional seat in place of a center console.

We often recommend this vehicle to large families with a small child who they want to keep close to their parents. Once your child is old enough to ride in the front seat, it can be helpful to have a kiddo who requires extra attention sit between the adults. Young ones who need help eating, get anxiety being in the rear rows, or require other extra attention can be right by the adults’ sides.

The other nice thing about getting the nine-passenger Suburban is that if you need to fold down the entire third row for more cargo space, you will still have six seats. Alternatively, you can utilize the 60/40 split-folding feature of the rear row to put down just the 40 percent side and still have eight seats, plus a little extra trunk space. This also makes it a great option for professionals who need to transport clients or customers for work and need the flexibility to accommodate a varying number of passengers and varying amounts of cargo.

A yellow 2023 Chevy Trailblazer is shown driving on a dirt road.

When You Want Optimal Fuel Economy and AWD: The Trailblazer Subcompact SUV

If you want the best possible fuel economy in a traditional gas-engine SUV, check out a used Trailblazer. This subcompact SUV has seating for five, and its shrunk-down dimensions lend to its incredible fuel economy. The 2021 model gets an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. The Trailblazer is a terrific vehicle for commuters who enjoy the increased ride height offered by an SUV but don’t want to give up the fuel efficiency figures of a car and don’t need more than five seats.

The Trailblazer’s body style isn’t the only thing that differentiates it from a car, though. It also has all-wheel drive, which you won’t find on most sedans. If you live somewhere with an active rainy season or harsh winters, you’ll like getting that all-wheel traction when the roads get slippery. There’s one more perk we like to share with drivers about the Trailblazer: it can actually tow a little bit. The numbers won’t compete with a pickup truck, but used models can tow 1,000 lbs. If you want a small SUV that can tow a motorcycle or camping pod on your adventures, the Trailblazer should be able to handle it.

When You Want a Chameleon: The Equinox Compact SUV

We understand that our customers lead many lives. Some spend their weekdays in a corporate or cosmopolitan setting, but once the weekend rolls around, they want to break free and go camping, hiking, or road-tripping to new destinations. When we meet someone who fits this description, we recommend a used Equinox. It’s a versatile vehicle that’s ready for daily life and adventures.

The Equinox is a compact SUV with available all-wheel drive, so, like the Trailblazer, it can also send power to all four wheels on slippery roads. It achieves impressive fuel economy, too, so getting the slightly larger interior volume of the Equinox (compared to the Trailblazer) won’t mean a huge dip in fuel efficiency.

The Equinox is undeniably stylish. It has a sleek grille, striking body lines, and attractive headlights. It will fit in just fine in more “upscale” settings and is perfectly appropriate for taking clients out to lunch or attending conferences. But, when you consider its towing powers (just a little higher than the Trailblazer), the Equinox is clearly made for more than metropolitan areas.

A red 2023 Chevy Blazer RS is shown driving after visiting a used Chevy dealer.

When You Want Optimal Space for Five Passengers: The Blazer Midsize SUV

If you are certain that you will not need seating for more than five passengers, but you want all five of them to be as comfortable as possible, consider the Blazer. The Blazer is a midsize SUV, and it offers more passenger and cargo volume than the Trailblazer or the Equinox. The Blazer’s generous rear legroom and headroom make it great for those who regularly transport adult passengers in the back seat, especially for longer drives.

Speaking of longer drives, if those turn into weekend getaways, the increased cargo volume of the Blazer can accommodate a good number of backpacks and suitcases. Nobody will feel pressured to take a minimalist approach to packing. The Blazer is also often praised for its smooth handling, so if you’re particular about the behind-the-wheel feel, a used Blazer should live up to your standards.

Another nice perk of the Blazer is that the most recent generation has two diverse engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6. So you can choose between better fuel economy or a jump in horsepower and overall oomph, making the Blazer appealing to two very different types of drivers.

Find Your Ideal Pre-Owned Chevy SUV Today

These are not all of the used Chevy SUVs we carry, not by a long shot. We chose to highlight some highly sought-after models, but we have many other models on our lot that we didn’t cover today. If you’d like to see the models we did not discuss today, like the Tahoe or Traverse, or you want more information on the ones we did cover, visit our dealership. We have a friendly and informed team of sales representatives who have a deep knowledge of every Chevy SUV, including older generations.

Chevy vehicles are reliable, and that’s why we proudly carry a large inventory of pre-owned models. We know that a used Chevy SUV will offer its next owner terrific performance and tremendous value. With an enormous selection of used Chevy SUVs to choose from, we have so much to explore. Plus, we regularly run specials on pre-owned inventory, getting you even greater deals on SUVs from this top brand. We’re excited to help you find a used Chevy SUV that will enhance your daily drives, so visit us today.

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