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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave Will Skip GMC Acadia Diet

Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave Will Skip GMC Acadia Diet

GM will split its triplet crossovers; Traverse and Enclave will keep larger sizes.

The GMC Acadia broke new ground at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show with an all-new chassis that drops 700 pounds and seven inches over the old Lambda platform. The 2017 Acadia is still a three-row crossover, but its new size is more in line with the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. That move left the auto industry wondering if the Acadia’s siblings would follow the lead.

According to GM’s Global product chief Mark Reuss, the answer is no. Automotive News was able to snag a telling statement from Reuss, saying, “The brand separation in size and mission and the positioning of these vehicles has never been more differentiated.” It might be vague, but it’s still telling.

This “separation in size and mission” suggests the Traverse and Enclave will likely remain larger, closer to their current size, once they make the generational jump. GM hasn’t provided any solid words, but we’re expecting the Chevy and Buick twins to adopt a long-wheelbase and widened version of the GMC Acadia’s C1 platform, itself shared with the 2017 Cadillac XT5. This would allow the Chevy and Buick to lose some weight, keep their relative size, and gain new technologies and possible powertrains.

It’s doubtful Chevy and Buick will adopt GMC’s new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, due to their larger sizes, but stranger things have happened. Expect the updated 3.6-liter V-6 to be the volume engine. Weight loss will be somewhat limited, coming in well under the 2017 Acadia’s 700-pound trim.

Continue reading for more news and speculation on GM’s large crossovers

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2014 Buick Enclave

2014 Buick Enclave

When Buick recently decided to name 11 "greatest hits" from its back catalog, it wanted one vehicle to define each decade the company has been making luxury cars. The most current model on the list and the one representing the modern Buick brand? The Enclave. This full-size crossover seats up to eight people in a giant interior that could also double as a moving van. Its luxury styling elements, quiet cabin and optional AWD have earned the V-6-powered Enclave not only prestige within Buick’s history, but also a breakout sales success rank that few expected when the model was launched as a 2008 model.

The name is pronounced “On Clave” and loosely means "to surround and protect." The name matches the mission of this family friendly wagon: offer almost all of the normal minivan space and safety benefits in a more fashionable SUV shell - with optional AWD and 4,500-pound towing capability.

The latest 2014 Buick Enclave packs a few updates to its interior amenities, new safety tech and a light exterior refresh that includes LED lights front and rear. How does it fare versus its primary competition in the $45,000 luxury crossover segment: the Infiniti JX35 and the new Acura MDX? Does it have enough luxury to justify the extra spend over the latest seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe?

Updated 03/27/2015: Buick announced the Enclave will receive a Tuscan Edition package for the 2015 model year at the New York Auto Show in April. Learn more about it below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2014 Buick Enclave with mega photo gallery of the revised exterior and interior.

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