Cars, as anyone who drives one knows, are expensive. But, their expense doesn’t stop once you’ve signed on the dotted line at the dealership: the costs keep building through the life of your car. In fact, per AAA, the average cost to own a car is 9,122 dollars each year, with part of the bill coming from fuel, insurance, and maintenance. The latter is particularly pricey: between 2012 and 2013, the cost of car maintenance rose by 11.26 percent. Presently, it is nearly 5 cents to the mile.
Maintenance costs is just one of the reasons it’s so important to drive a vehicle that is dependable, especially when SUV maintenance costs can be higher on average than cars.
Five Dependable SUVs Worth Driving
According to JD Power, five of the most dependable SUVs on the market this year include:
2014 Buick Enclave: A much updated version of the 2013 model, the Enclave includes a forward collision alert, lane departure warning systems, 288-horse power, and a 3.6 liter V-6 engine as well as several things to enhance the comfort for drivers and passengers – text to voice capability, second row USB ports for charging devices, and full size interior volume.
2014 Chevy Tahoe: The Tahoe’s dependability is, in part, due to its size: it fits 8 passengers comfortably. It also boasts a 320-horse power, a 5.3 liter V-8 engine and trim levels available in LS, LT, and LTZ.
2014 GMC Yukon: The sibling vehicle of the Tahoe, the Yukon, in 2015, is scheduled to be completely redesigned. In the meantime, the 2014 version maintains its reliability. It has more standard equipment and better paint quality. It also is ideal for those with large families as it sits seven passengers.
2014 Honda CR-V: The 2014 Honda CRV is largely unchanged from its 2013 model – it continues to have seating for five, 185 horsepower, a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine, and models with either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It also offers three different trim levels with LX, EX, and EX-L available.
2014 Toyota RAV4: When compared to last year’s model, the 2014 RAV4 underwent a few changes. Minor trim updates, a change in color (blue crush metallic paint), and a new technology package are all included. Like the 2013 car, the newer model has several safety features, such as a new lane departure alert, auto high beam systems, a blind sport monitor, and rear cross traffic alert systems.
Functionality and style often weigh heavily on the buyers of SUVs but these five most reliable 2014 SUVs can be dependable vehicles for year reducing your long-term operating costs.