When purchasing a vehicle, it should match both your lifestyle and budget – which explains why more people than ever before are turning to used car markets for their transportation needs.

SUVs provide extra passenger and cargo room, and are capable of easily traversing rough or wet terrain. Many even feature driver assist software for an enhanced safe journey.

Jeep Wrangler

Are you searching for an SUV designed for off-road adventures or simply towing your trailer to the campsite? Look no further than the Jeep Wrangler. Featuring an efficient 170-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and two or three seat rear seating arrangements with cargo capacity (35.7 and 61.2 cubic feet respectively in two-door models), it’s also versatile enough to navigate tight green lanes and parking spots in city centers with ease.

The Wrangler may not be ideal for highway driving; its imprecise steering and body roll can make long drives uncomfortable. Inside however, its comfortable seats were designed specifically to cradle you off-road; you can trust your interior will remain clean and dry even on trips where dirt or water will be encountered frequently. Plus its Uconnect infotainment system’s user-friendly interface offers Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility!

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Toms River area families looking for an SUV capable of handling tough off-road terrain will likely opt for the versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee as their go-to choice. Not only can this iconic model handle rugged off-road driving conditions, it also delivers premium on-road performance while boasting user-friendly tech features and safety measures that help provide peace of mind on any journey.

This popular SUV can comfortably seat five passengers with plenty of legroom. Front driver lumbar support and heated seats help make travel comfortable on long trips, while smartphone integration allows drivers to play their favorite travel tunes through a premium Alpine audio system or access navigation assistance to find the best route.

Ask any southeastern Michigan resident their preferred mode of transportation and they’re likely to mention the Grand Cherokee as their vehicle of choice. From college kids desiring it as their dream car to families needing one as reliable transport for daily errands or the double income no-kid set – many use it. Plus, it offers powertrain options and has a spacious four-door cabin!

Toyota 4Runner

No matter its age, the Toyota 4Runner remains an effective used SUV off-roader thanks to its body-on-frame construction and generous suspension travel. Unfortunately, its loose suspension setup and imprecise steering make it less suitable than modern SUVs that boast superior handling and steering controls.

2023’s fourth-generation 4Runner remains mostly unchanged. A new medium-brown hue joins the palette, and Toyota Safety Sense-P is standardised across all trim levels; adding features such as pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam control, lane departure warnings and blind spot monitoring.

For serious off-roading, the TRD Pro adds FOX suspension and Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires from Nitto. In addition, this model is the only one that features an actual knob to engage its full-time four-wheel drive system; other trim levels use switches instead. Regardless of which trim level one chooses, every 4Runner comes equipped with a 270hp 4.0-liter V6 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission; neither engine feels especially responsive even when towing trailers or hauling cargo.

Nissan Pathfinder

The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder provides everything a traveling family could want in an SUV: rugged exterior design and plenty of family-oriented features. Powered by a 284 horsepower V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and 6000-pound towing capacity, its interior provides comfortable seating for five, including spacious front row seating for three adults as well as sliding second and cozy third rows.

The base model excels as an ideal long-distance cruiser with comfortable seats and a quiet cabin; however, the Rock Creek trim amplifies this pathfinder’s off-road capabilities with more capable suspension capable of climbing or descending steep grades.

Newer versions of the Pathfinder boast one of the industry’s premier safety suites, while top-level trims add luxurious amenities such as semi-aniline leather upholstery and panoramic sunroof. Boasting three rows of seating – accommodating up to eight passengers comfortably – families have their choice between cloth or premium quilted leather seats for optimal comfort. There are plenty of storage cubbies inside as well as a convenient tri-zone climate control system.

By Rob