4 Best Used SUVs for Family Fun

When it comes to the family outings in Des Moines, Iowa, it’s not the destination as much as it is the vehicle that makes a trip pleasant. You need room for everyone to spread out and ample cargo space so you can fit your hiking gear or your latest haul at the farmers’ market, and you don’t want to drive an SUV that requires you to take out a second mortgage just to fill the gas tank. If you want to have fun, these used SUVs are great values and will keep the kids from getting restless.

Toyota Highlander


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Whether you’re headed off to Adventureland Park or the Iowa Science Center, you’ll love this vehicle’s three-row seating and 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space. If it doesn’t fit in this vehicle, you don’t need it. The unibody chassis means this SUV drives a lot like a car, and its gas mileage is just under that of a sedan at 19 mpg city and 25 highway. The four-cylinder engine checks in at 185 horsepower or 270 in its V-6 option. It also comes in a hybrid model for increased fuel efficiency. Toyotas hold their value well, making this an ideal used car.

Mitsubishi Outlander


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The Outlander has a small third row seat, but it’s still enough to let everyone spread out. Its impressive gas mileage (23 city/28 mpg highway) rivals that of many cars. It comes with a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine with 168 horsepower. One of the best things about it is its 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty — yes, that extends to people who buy the vehicle used.

Dodge Durango


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This SUV is ideal for families on the go that need a little more than a mid-size vehicle. With 84.5 total cubic feet of storage and seven-passenger seating, there’s room for everyone and their stuff. If you’re a family that enjoys boating and wants to be able to pull the boat to Saylorville Lake or other spots outside of town, the Durango offers the power to do it. The Durango comes with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options, a 3.6-liter V-6 with an impressive 295 horsepower and 18 mpg city/25 highway, or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 360 horses. The Durango also provides one of the smoothest rides among truck-based chassis SUVs.

Buick Enclave


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Here’s a vehicle for those who want a little luxury in the family car. This SUV has well-appointed interior features, yet it doesn’t sacrifice things like cargo room or towing capacity. It boasts an impressive 116 cubic feet of cargo space and a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. Its 288 horsepower comes from its peppy 3.6-liter V-6. This crossover comes with optional all-wheel drive. The gas mileage is a little underwhelming at 17 mpg city and 24 highway, but it more than makes up for it with its comfortable ride. These used SUVs are well-positioned to put the fun back in family road trips and activities. Best of all, because they’re used, you’ll have extra money to spend once you get to your destination.