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Top 10 Used 2011 Utility Vehicles to Avoid

Make sure you don't get sucked into purchasing costly used utility vehicles.

By Rss | June 14, 2013
    • With new car prices climbing ever higher, used vehicles have become a good alternative for many. Thanks to lease deals, there's often a glut of two-year old models on lots, too. But making the right decision can be a challenge. Luckily, IntelliChoice has crunched the numbers, and given us a list of ten vehicles you should avoid in various categories. We've already covered premium cars and popular cars; this time, we've compiled a list of the top ten utility vehicles to avoid. Whether it's because of the depreciation value, used price, insurance prices, or other potentially costly reasons. The ten vehicles listed below are from the 2011 model year and rake either Below Average or Poor on IntelliChoice's Cost of Ownership calculations. From the vehicles listed below, it's hard to tell just how much they will potentially cost you within the next five years. Each vehicle has at least one category where the expense will hurt, and some have as many as five, adding to the overall cost. Don't get stuck behind the wheel of a vehicle that is just going to cost you more in the long run. Make sure to read the list below to determine just why these ten vehicles have made in on our list.
    • 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

      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...show more

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      2011 Dodge Durango

      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...show more

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      2011 Ford Explorer

      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...show more

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      2011 Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab

      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...show more

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      2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor

      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...show more

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      2011 Nissan Juke

      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...show more

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      2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab

      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...show more

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      2011 Subaru Impreza Wagon

      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,...show more

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      2011 Subaru Tribeca

      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...show more

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      2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara

      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...show more

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    2 comments
    Ejaz Ahmed
    Ejaz Ahmed

    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.