Why it's on the list: Fuel Economy
The Chevrolet Suburban 2500 kicks off our list. Surprisingly, it is one of two vehicles on the list to only have one category out of six that is potentially costly. Not only is fuel the most costly thing about this utility vehicle, it has one of the highest fuel costs of all the vehicles on the list. Although an exact cost has not been given, considering the way gas prices keep getting higher, it's no wonder this would take a small fortune to fill up. With a 39-gallon tank and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 12-mpg combined, this large utility vehicle just isn't worth it. You might as well get a 2013 model as it gets considerably better gas mileage, although it'll cost roughly $10,000 to $15,000 more depending on what model you choose.
Why it's on the list: Fuel; Maintenance; Insurance; Depreciation
Coming in next on our list is the Dodge Durango, which has managed to land heavy costs in four categories. For this utility, gas will be an issue, as it only gets an estimated 19 mpg combined. At least it isn't as bad at the Suburban. If the gas prices don't get you down, maintenance costs very well might. Although it's not the thing that will break your bank the most for this vehicle, you're still going to feel it, especially when those insurance bills start rolling in. What will hurt your wallet the most will end up being the depreciation value. You won't be able to get nearly close to what you originally paid as the price drops significantly as time passes. Save yourself the trouble and buy something that will cost you less in the long run.
Why it's on the list: Insurance; Used Price; Depreciation
Next up is the first Ford of the list, the Ford Explorer. Although most utility vehicles don't usually have high insurance rates attached to them, this one does. On top of that, the price you pay for this two-year-old vehicle is rather close to the starting price of a new one. Right now, you can expect to pay between $24,000 and $26,000 for a used model, and almost $30,000 for a 2013 model. For what it's going to cost you in the long run, you're much better off with the newer edition.
Why it's on the list: Repairs; Insurance; Depreciation
So how does the Ford Explorer compare to the Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab, the second Ford on our list? For starters, they both have a high insurance rate. Also, they both have a high depreciation value, so when it comes time to sell, you won't get what you paid for, but much less. Unlike the insurance rates that are on par, the depreciation rate is much higher on the Explorer. Although that would make the F350 seem like a decent choice, you also have to factor in the cost of repairs. Those repairs won't be cheap, and when you combine all three factors, you're faced with a money pit that you could've avoided if you didn't purchase this vehicle.
Why it's on the list: Depreciation; Maintenance; Fuel
The Mitsubishi Endeavor comes in next on our list, sporting three out of the six costly categories. First up is the depreciation value. Although it will only hurt you if you plan to resell it, it's still something to take notice of. Coming in next is maintenance costs. To keep this utility vehicle in good repair, proper maintenance is a must, but comes at a price many wouldn't like to pay. However, if these two things haven't made you look in another vehicle's direction, the price of fuel surely will. With an estimated 17 mpg combined range with a 21.4-gallon tank, you're talking about some serious money with the price of gas right now. There isn't even a new model to buy if your heart is set on this car, and that should tell you something right there.
Why it's on the list: Repairs; Used Price; Depreciation
For a utility vehicle, the first requirements should be cargo room and passenger seating. With the Nissan Juke, you get a vehicle that looks like it was designed by someone in high school. On top of that, its costs quite a bit to fix. However, when looking to buy a used Juke, the price tag raises some flags. For what it is, the price is too high. And as it is a car that is pretty much a subcompact crossover that holds more frills than gas, it doesn't seem worth it. Add in the depreciation value and this vehicle should be crossed off your list. Nissan is targeting the young and singe who want to break from the norm, not be a practical vehicle for families or those with a constricted wallet.
Why it's on the list: Fuel; Maintenance; Depreciation
The Dodge Dakota Crew Cab is up next, with a fuel cost to make you cringe. These bigger pickups seem to just guzzle gas down, making you spend more and more at the pump. On top of that, the price to maintain this vehicle is pretty hefty. Before purchasing this, you better make sure it's in decent shape or you're going to be hurting when it starts to fall apart. When that starts happening, trying to sell it for near to what you paid for it is going to be near impossible as the depreciation value is one of the reasons this car will cost you so much in the long run. The cost of all three issues is going to continue to add up for as long as you own it. It's best to get out while you can.
Why it's on the list: Fuel; Repairs; Insurance; Used Price; Maintenance
Just like on our list of the most popular used cars to avoid, the Subaru Impreza is back, only this time with the wagon model. When compared to the sedan, the wagon will cost you less, but that isn't saying much. It's going to cost you either way, and it's best to just move on to another vehicle. This is the only vehicle on the list that falls under five of the six categories. Although none stand out as being the most costly, the fact that you're going to be spending extra money on five categories instead of just two or three makes it worse. Here are the top five reasons to pick another vehicle: fuel costs, repairs, insurance, maintenance, and price.
Why it's on the list: Used Price; Depreciation; Maintenance; Fuel
Subaru has landed another spot on our list, this time with the Tribeca. Falling under four categories, it's almost as expensive as the Subaru Impreza Wagon. Like the wagon before it, the Tribeca has a high used price that will stop people from buying it right there. Add to that the maintenance costs and depreciation value and you have a vehicle that probably isn't worth your initial investment. Topping that off is the cost you'll pay for fuel. For a vehicle that will cost you around $22,000 to $23,000 used, it seems like there are better, more cost-efficient vehicles out there that can offer the same features as the Subaru Tribeca.
Why it's on the list: Fuel
Rounding out the list of the top 10 used utility vehicles to avoid is the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Like the Chevrolet Suburban from the beginning of the list, the Grand Vitara only has one factor that puts it on our list. Surprisingly it’s the same factor: fuel. With a combined range of 22 mpg and a 17.4-gallon tank, you're going to be spending a good amount of your paycheck at the pump every month, especially if you do mostly city driving. Be prepared if you decide to purchase this car. Although it may seem like a good idea at the time because the used price may be in your range, look at all the factors of the vehicle to best weigh what you'll be able to afford. After all, you don't want to get a vehicle that is going to bleed you dry after you buy it.
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This article is biased as it does not list all other factors on comparable vehicles. If it wants you to avoid the suburban for purchase, they should tell you if a Sequoia or Armada are better. Do they provide all the same benefits at a better value and why? the same goes for the Durango and the explorer as opposed to the 4runner or Landcruiser. There has to be a direct comparison in order to make a value judgment here.