You may have found yourself asking the above question and have taken to the internet to find out more. Here at Richard Lucas Chevy, we have created this handy guide to help you narrow down exactly what type of used Chevy SUV would be just right for you. To keep things simple, we will be keeping our list to cars made on or after 2010. While there are plenty of great Chevy SUVs made before then, it might be harder to locate them as time goes on. Also, in the interest of keeping things concise, we’ll only be talking about three models and listing out what they are, what they offer, and the size class of each. That way, even if you only know how big you need your SUV to be, you’ll at least know where to start looking. After you’ve done some research, stop by Richard Lucas, your Staten Island used Chevy dealership, to find out more and see everything we can offer you. Let’s get started.
The Second Generation Chevy Equinox: 2010-2017
This compact SUV was first introduced in 2005 and was the first of its kind for Chevy. Having received a comprehensive redesign in 2010, the Equinox took on a smoother, rounder appearance making this small people mover seem trim and modern. For the first time, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder was offered as standard, while a V6 was optional. No matter what engine you picked, you would get it paired to a six-speed automatic.
The second-generation Equinox could be had in both FWD and AWD configurations. Both people and cargo could be moved around with ease as this generation featured a bench seat that could slide forward and back depending on the needs of the driver. New technology for the time was a touchscreen navigation center and a power liftgate. Lane departure and pedestrian collision systems became an option in 2012, and one year later, a punchy 3.6-liter V6 making 301 horsepower was offered. To put that into perspective, the base model V6 Camaro of 2013 made 323 horsepower.
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, try to look for a 2015-2017 Premier trim level, as they can offer a dual-screen DVD entertainment system, a WiFi hotspot, and more modern safety features like a standard backup camera. The Equinox is a great choice for those that have needs that a sedan, no matter how large, will satisfy. It offers space for larger, taller objects, and more options for cargo management than a regular car, by taking up hardly any more space than one.
The Fourth Generation Chevy Tahoe: 2015-2020
For those of you looking for a larger SUV, the fourth-generation Tahoe might fit your needs. With a crisper, leaner design, this generation of SUV retained the classic design language of the Tahoe being tall and long overall. The cabin got an upgrade in terms of interior volume and the fit and finish of the materials used. A 5.3-liter V8 was standard and made 355 horsepower, being mated to a six-speed automatic.
The fourth-generation Tahoe could be had in both RWD and 4WD models. The engine used cylinder deactivation that had the ability to, in essence, turn your V8 into a V6 by shutting off two cylinders when under light load to increase fuel economy. The Tahoe can seat up to nine passengers or six when the rear seat is folded flat and stored in the floor. Within these years, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a WiFi hotspot, were made standard. Optional were front and rear air conditioning units with zone-specific controls. If you have a need for speed, try and locate a Tahoe with a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower with advanced traction control.
The Tahoe has been a full-size SUV for those needing space without excess and luxury without opulence. A great middle-of-the-road choice.
Fourth Generation Chevy Suburban: 2015-2020
The late-model fourth-generation Suburban is the largest SUV offered by Chevy and has been for nearly twenty-two years. This generation of Suburban is going to be most representative of what you’ll find on most used Chevy dealer lots. Seating for up to nine and still being able to carry lots of cargo make this a popular choice for large families and travelers alike. In 2015, the standard 5.3-liter V8 made 355 horsepower. It offered two choices for transmissions, those being an eight and a ten-speed automatic.
Like the Tahoe above, it was also offered in RWD and 4WD configurations. It could be had with a premium sound system and dual-zone climate control. A WiFi hotspot was made standard in 2020 along with the Teen Driver Safety System, a suite of features not seen in any other GM platform. While a heavy-duty 2500 trim was discontinued, a 6.2-liter V8 seen in the Tahoe above was offered in the top trim of the Suburban (the Premier). If you can find a late model fourth-generation Suburban in the Premier trim, you will have found yourself the largest, best-equipped Chevy SUV ever offered, short of one that’s brand new.
With leather seating, entertainment options, a powerful V8 engine, and loads of room, the Chevy Suburban is one exceptional model. If you’ve got no room to compromise, then this is the used Chevy SUV for you.
Chevy Stands By You
Since 1912, Chevrolet has been a brand for everyone. It has stood for quality, reliability, and a willingness to get things done. In the middle of the Great Depression, for example, the all-steel Suburban station wagon carried crews of New Deal workers to the Hoover Dam. Since then, decades of Chevys have changed hands, being passed down from person to person. Through tough times and good times, many have relied on a Chevy as their only way to get around. Through work, play, and thousands of miles worth of memories, their Chevy has been there for them. It has had to be their rock in turbulent times; it’s the car or truck you pass on to your kid because you know it will serve them as well as it served you.
When you’re looking for a vehicle you can count on, count on a Chevy SUV to get the job done. These options are only a few of the many out there, but hopefully now you’ll have a better idea of where to start looking. If you need a smaller SUV with great performance and features, the Equinox might just be for you. Need something a little larger? Check out the rugged and featured packed Tahoe. Lastly, if you want the biggest, most comfortable Chevy SUV on the market, look no further than the legendary Suburban.
When it’s time for you to find your Chevy, visit the best dealership around Staten Island: Richard Lucas Chevrolet. We’ll help you find your next vehicle so that you drive away in the perfect SUV. From the moment you step onto our lot to the moment you drive off our lot in your next Chevy SUV, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We’ll be waiting for you!