What Used Luxury SUV Should I Buy?


Many people want to purchase a luxury SUV, but don’t want to purchase a new one because cars are expensive, especially luxury cars that have been released in recent years. 

But what is the best luxury SUV to purchase used, and which one should you purchase?

The 2018 Acura RDX is the best used luxury SUV that can currently be purchased. Although it is a compact SUV, it is quite large. It can seat 5 people and is available in front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It has an overall safety rating of 5 stars, so it will keep passengers safe.

Now that you know about the best used compact SUV that you should definitely purchase, you are likely wondering about what the best full-sized luxury SUV is, and which one you should purchase. 

We’ll discuss both of these topics below.

2018 Acura RDX

The 2018 Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV that is available with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. 

So if you purchase this vehicle you will have to specifically look for a model that has the drive that you want. 

It can seat up to 5 people at a time, and it can also tow up to 1,500 pounds.

The 2018 Acura RDX gets up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

It has an overall safety rating of 5 stars, which is as high as it can get, and has a reliability rating of 3.5 stars. 

This score is also above average. 

Depending on how this vehicle was treated before you purchased it, the 2018 Acura should last for a long time without any issues and it will keep its passengers safe during an accident.

This luxury SUV also has large seats, even in the second row, and these will keep all the passengers comfortable.

The seats are made out of fake leather, but some models have real leather as an optional upgrade. 

The driver and front passenger seats are heated, which is nice during cold winter months.

It also has a large trunk that will easily fit all of your family’s belongings.

The interior of the 2018 Acura RDX is large, and there is a moonroof that allows back passengers to clearly see the sky.

Near the driver’s seat, there is a 5-inch screen that allows the driver to see GPS directions, connect Bluetooth so they can play their music through the 7 speakers, and use Pandora (which comes pre-installed).

The 2018 Acura RDX also has many safety features, including:

  • Rearview camera with multiple view settings
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Overall, the 2018 Acura RDX is a great compact luxury SUV that you should definitely consider purchasing. 

However, if you are looking for a full-size SUV, this car won’t work for you. 

We’ll explore the best used full-size SUV below.

2018 Lexus LX

The 2018 Lexus LX is the full-size used luxury SUV that you should purchase.

It can seat between 5-8 people at a time, depending on the number of seats the model you choose to purchase has. 

This variability is because there are two seating arrangements you can choose from. 

It can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which is enough to handle a fairly large boat or RV.

The 2018 Lexus LX comes with four-wheel drive, and gets up to 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 miles per gallon on the highway.

Interestingly enough, the 2018 Lexus LX hasn’t been rated by the NHSTA yet, but it has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, so you can rest assured that it won’t break with regular use soon after you purchase it.

This luxury SUV also has a luxurious interior and there is a 12.3-inch screen near the driver’s seat so the driver can easily control the navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth system. 

It has multiple USB ports so you can charge all of your devices, and there are 9 speakers throughout the vehicle so you can clearly hear your music. 

The cabin of this vehicle is quiet, so you won’t hear most of the wind rushing by as you drive.

The 2018 Lexus LX has a moonroof and keyless entry, so you won’t have to take out your keys every time you enter the vehicle.

Although it hasn’t been rated by the NHTSA, the 2018 Lexus LX has many safety features that include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Now that you know about two great used luxury vehicles, you may be wondering which one you should purchase.

Which One Should I Purchase?

Which one of these luxury vehicles will depend on how much space you need in the car, which cars are available in your area, and the condition of the used cars at the dealership that you go to.

Sometimes, people don’t treat their cars very well.

You obviously won’t want to purchase a dirty or dented car that was damaged or worn down, even if it is one of the best used luxury cars that you can purchase.

If you need more space and up to 8 seats in your vehicle, you will want to purchase the 2018 Lexus LX.

If you only need 5 seats, then you should purchase the 2018 Acura RDX.

Since both of these cars were manufactured in 2018, regular car dealerships no longer have them in stock, and only some used car dealerships will have these available. 

The price that the used car dealership is selling either of these cars at will also influence your decision. 

Check if your local used car dealership has either of these vehicles in stock before you make a decision.

The car you purchase will also depend on which drive type you need.

If you need four-wheel drive, then you will want to purchase the 2018 Lexus LX, as it comes standard. 

Although the 2018 Acura RDX has it as an option, it’s not the standard.

Ultimately, it is up to you which one of these vehicles you purchase, as they are both great luxury vehicles.

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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