Looking back a few years, you can probably snag a great deal on some of the best used 2008 SUVs. There are numerous choices in the compact, midsize and large SUV categories, so variety shouldn’t be a problem. With so many to choose from, we turned to the experts to gain some perspective. In this case, we consulted Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000” and Edmunds “2010 Used Car Best Bets.” Then, we made our own selections.

Here, then, are our top picks for best used 2008 SUVs:

  • Honda CR-VWith its comfortable and high-quality cabin, loads of space and storage capabilities, fun-to-drive experience, lots of standard features, the 2008 Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV stands right at the front of the crowded small SUV pack. Edmunds named it a winner in its “2010 Used Car Best Bets” in the compact/crossover SUV segment, saying: “Space-efficient, fuel-efficient, and easy-to-own, the Honda CR-V does almost everything well. With as much passenger and cargo space as some larger SUVs, the CR-V is usually more than enough for most consumers’ needs.” CR-V is also a Consumer Guide Best Buy for 2008.
  • Mitsubishi EndeavorEdmunds slots the Mitsubishi Endeavor in its midsize SUV/crossover spot in 2010 Used Car Best Bets, remarking: “Peppy performance, carlike ride and handling, solid build quality and good crash test scores make the Endeavor a fine choice for a family vehicle. Though some shoppers may bemoan the lack of a third-row seat option, there is no denying its value proposition for a family of four or five, as the Endeavor is typically thousands less than the more popular picks in this category.”
  • Chevrolet TahoeAs large SUVs go, you really can’t beat the combination of attributes and features that the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe offers. Edmunds sums up the appeal this way: “Strong performance, a comfortable ride and attractive styling are a few of the Tahoe’s assets. Others include a roomy cabin that can seat up to nine and fairly nimble handling for such a bulky vehicle. A Tahoe equipped with the torque-rich 5.3-liter V8 is a good choice for towing duty.” Tahoe, and its GMC Yukon sibling, won Motor Week’s 2008 Driver’s Choice Award for “Best Large Utility.” Tahoe and Yukon also Consumer Guide 2008 Best Buys.
  • Hyundai TucsonAnother compact SUV, the 2008 Hyundai Tucson is a Consumer Guide 2008 Recommended pick. Consumer Guide editors comment: “Tucson and its design cousin, the Kia Sportage, are pleasant light-duty people movers with modest off-road capabilities. We prefer versions with the V6 engine since it provides class-competitive power and is smoother than rivals’ fours, if hardly more potent. Lots of standard equipment, decent road manners, laudable cargo versatility, and generous warranties qualify Tucson and Sportage as solid Recommended choices in this class.”
  • Subaru ForesterA somewhat older design, but still a solid value as a fun and family-friendly compact crossover SUV is the 2008 Subaru Forester. Pluses include standard full-time all-wheel drive, quick-accelerating base and turbo engines, and excellent crash test scores. Edmunds says: “In reviews, our editors praised this Subaru Forester for its peppy performance, classy cabin and sharp handling. Consumer comments were mostly favorable as well, with many owners noting the vehicles’ comfortable seats, the sure-footed nature of the AWD system, generous stowage and large moonroof.”

Other best used 2008 SUVs you may wish to consider include the midsize Hyundai Santa Fe, large GMC Yukon, and the compact Jeep Patriot and Kia Sportage.

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