Five Used Crossovers to Avoid

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, Automotive Editor - December 4, 2014

Shopping for a used crossover can provide you and your family with a vehicle that offers the space of a minivan and the versatility of a SUV. Although there are many crossovers to choose from, you need to know which are the best bets as as a used purchase. These won't make that list:

Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey, marketed as a midsize crossover, debuted in 2008. The Journey was updated in 2012 with improved reliability. The older generation, though, seems to have issues with the electrical system, suspension, and brakes. Some owners also complained of problems with squeaks and rattles, paint and trim, and even the audio system. If you are looking for a reliable Dodge Journey, find one that's 2012 or newer.

GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

The used Acadia is an affordable option in the crossover market. First offered in 2006, the GMC Acadia provided space for passengers and cargo. The main problems with the Acadia before 2011 include engine, transmission, and electrical system issues. Reviews also show problems with the power equipment, audio, and squeaks and rattles when driving.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Surprisingly the Kia Sorento was first produced in 2002, although it didn’t attract much attention for most buyers. Through the next couple of years the style was updated, but it still had mechanical issues. Before 2011 the Sorento offered clumsy handling and an uncomfortable ride. Between 2004-2008 reliability issues included engine, cooling, and fuel system problems.

Saturn Outlook

Saturn Outlook

As a crossover sold between 2007-2010, the Saturn Outlook was affordable but also had its share of problems. Issues with the engine, transmission, and drive system turned away many buyers during these years. In 2007 the Saturn Outlook improved in design, but it never overcame the mechanical issues, making is a risky choice as a used crossover.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

Not only is the used Outlander unattractive, it also handles poorly and has a cheap interior. People who bought the Outlander were enticed by the fuel economy, but were disappointed with performance. The main mechanical issues were with the heating and cooling systems that caused the Outlander to overheat.



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, Automotive Editor

Rebecca Ballard is a freelance writer who specializes in the automotive industry. A unique interest in finding affordable and dependable automobiles keeps her busy researching the most up-to-date information in the automotive field.

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