Which Used Toyota SUV Is Right for You?

February 21st, 2024 by

A red 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime is shown fromt the front at an angle after leavign a Tuckahoe used Toyota dealer.

With so many different kinds of vehicles on hand, shopping for used models can be tricky, particularly when you’re starting out. We find it helps to first narrow your options to only those models that will suit your primary concerns.

If you’ve been looking for a Tuckahoe used Toyota dealer, we suggest you bring your search to Haley Toyota of Richmond. We have a fantastic selection of pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from, including a wide range of used Toyota SUVs.

There are plenty of great Toyotas out there, but if you want something with a lot of room inside for you and your family, then nothing beats a spacious and reliable SUV. The Toyota lineup has some of the best SUVs on the road, including numerous high-quality and best-selling models, which means you can find a lot of them—so, let’s take a look at what Toyota offers and discover which one could be right for you.

The C-HR

To kick things off, we have the Toyota C-HR, a subcompact crossover model with a lot to offer, starting with a sporty four-cylinder engine that makes it fun to drive. We’ll admit the engine isn’t the most powerful one that Toyota has made, but it provides plenty of power for such a vehicle of this size. The responsive throttle of the C-HR makes it particularly fun for getting around the city, whether you’re running errands around Tuckahoe or heading into downtown Richmond.

This is also an incredibly efficient model, giving you excellent fuel economy that lets you go a long time between stops for gas. The interior of the C-HR is well-appointed with soft-touch materials, comfortable seating, and advanced infotainment and driver assistance technology. Toyota discontinued the C-HR after the 2022 model year, but you’ll still find plenty of them when looking through a pre-owned inventory.

The Corolla Cross

Overlapping the C-HR by one year, the Corolla Cross is a subcompact crossover released for the 2022 model year to replace the C-HR. As the name suggests, this beauty is based on the same platform as Toyota’s popular Corolla sedan, with a sleek crossover design that has made it incredibly popular. The standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine in the Corolla Cross offers nimble performance for getting around in the city, though we’re particular fans of the hybrid option that adds electric motors for boosted performance.

This is a highly fuel-efficient model (even if you choose the standard engine), plus you get a surprisingly spacious interior with plenty of cargo space to take advantage of. You’ll find the latest tech features and options in different used models, along with standard safety technology that lives up to Toyota’s reputation for some of the best driver assistance systems on the market.

A grey 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross is shown from the front at an angle.

The RAV4

Every Toyota SUV is impressive, but few vehicles out there have the incredible reputation the RAV4 has earned over the years. This is one of the best-selling SUVs on the market, which means you can typically find a fair number of them when looking at used options—even though plenty of drivers keep them for as long as possible.

The current generation for the RAV4 kicked off with the 2019 model year, so keep that in mind as you look at pre-owned models; also note that 2020 introduced a new TRD Off-Road trim, and the 2023 model upgraded its standard infotainment system. RAV4 hybrid models have been available for some time now, and they’re a great choice if you’re interested in getting a feel for an alternative-engine SUV. If you want a compact crossover built for fun and adventure, the RAV4 is impossible to beat.

The Venza

First introduced for the 2009 model year, the Toyota Venza was available through 2015, after which it was discontinued for several years until recently, making a return with the 2021 model year. This means you can find pre-owned Venza options from a strange array of years, which throws off a lot of shoppers who aren’t aware of that gap in its production.

Those older Venza models received a facelift and update for 2013, so if you’re interested in one, then we suggest looking at models from after that year. The current Venza remains a midsize crossover model with two rows of seating, a sleek design, and a hybrid engine for boosted performance. It’s incredibly fuel efficient with standard all-wheel drive and terrific tech and safety features.

The 4Runner

One of the most prestigious nameplates in the auto industry, the legendary 4Runner is a midsize SUV born for adventure and designed to take you anywhere you want to go. This is one of our favorite models on the market, featuring a spacious interior with plenty of cargo space and two rows of seating for up to five passengers.

The 4Runner is well known for its rugged design and off-road capabilities, making this the perfect choice if you like camping, hiking, fishing, or often traverse dirt and gravel roads. In particular, a TRD Off-Road trim is the one to look for if you want a used SUV that is ready for the trail and that you’ll love getting to drive around Tuckahoe each day. You’ll find bold performance, advanced technology, incredible Toyota safety features, and much more with a pre-owned 4Runner.

The Highlander

If you need more seating inside your SUV than the ones we’ve looked at so far can offer, but you don’t want to go up to a full-size model, then a used Highlander is the perfect choice. This is a midsize model with three rows of seating, giving you room inside for up to eight passengers, making it an ideal choice for a large or growing family.

You can find a standard four-cylinder gas engine in a used Highlander from recent years (a V6 engine was standard up through the 2022 model year) or a hybrid powertrain that delivers impressive power and remarkable fuel efficiency for a vehicle with three rows of seating. A refined and nicely appointed interior with comfortable seats and terrific standard safety features are the hallmarks of the modern Toyota SUV lineup, which you’ll find once again in the Highlander.

A red 2023 Toyota Sequoia is shown from the front at an angle.

The Sequoia

The largest SUV in Toyota’s selection, the Sequoia is a stunning, full-size beast that’s the perfect choice if you need something with three rows of spacious seating. One important thing to note is that the Sequoia was just redesigned for the 2023 model year, so the differences between the most recent models and used options from a few years ago can be significant.

A few years ago, for example, the Sequoia came with a standard V8 engine with 381 hp for bold and responsive performance; now, an i-FORCE MAX hybrid engine delivers 437 hp, elevating the Sequoia to another level. No matter which generation you’re looking at, you’ll find a spacious and comfortable interior with a pre-owned Sequoia, along with innovative technology that you’ll look forward to enjoying while driving around Richmond each day.

Find the Perfect Used Toyota SUV for Tuckahoe

Shopping for a pre-owned SUV comes down to considering your options, understanding what Toyota has to offer, and choosing the model that best meets your needs. Once you know that a particular model should have what you’re looking for—such as the 4Runner or Corolla Cross—then you can look at different used options of that model until you find the right trim, features, and other things you’re after.

This sounds easy, but it can still take a fair amount of work, which is why it helps to have a dealership with friendly people ready to assist you and make your shopping experience as simple and rewarding as possible. Call or come visit us at Haley Toyota of Richmond today, and let us help you find the used SUV you’ve been looking for.