5 Great Used SUVs for Lansing Drivers


A grey 2017 Buick Encore is shown from the side after viewing used suvs for sale in Lansing, MI.


Here at Paradise Motors, our pre-owned inventory is chock-full of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs of all shapes and sizes from all sorts of automakers. We're proud of the diversity of our inventory as we know drivers come from all walks of life and thus have different and distinct demands, and we want to be able to help everyone who shops with us find the vehicle that's perfect for their needs and their budget. We also know that looking through our vast inventory can sometimes feel overwhelming, so let's zoom in on a popular auto class: the SUV.


If you're looking for used SUVs for sale in Lansing, MI, then you've come to the right place. We've been serving Lansing drivers for decades, and we know what our neighbors here in Michigan's capitol are looking for in a vehicle. These reliable American models are well-constructed and built to last, which lets you save some of your hard-earned money by opting for an older vehicle that still has plenty of life left in it. So without further adieu, let's take a look at five used SUVs you should consider when shopping for your next vehicle.


1) 2017 GMC Acadia


The Acadia is a stylish SUV that can help you make a grand entrance, whether you're rolling up to your office, meeting friends at the Lansing Mall, or picking up your inlaws from Capital Region International Airport. The 2017 model was the first of a new generation, so it's a big upgrade over the 2016 Acadia; for one, it's a bit more compact and about 700 lbs lighter than the outgoing model, making it more pleasant to drive and more fuel efficient. While the 2016 Acadia was rated at only 18 MPG for city/highway combined driving, the 2017 model is rated at 21 MPG with the V6 engine and 23 MPG with the base four-cylinder engine—a new addition to the powertrain options for the 2017 model year.


The 2017 Acadia also has plenty of tech features that are still in demand for new vehicles being made today. It has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, so you can hook your smartphone up to the SUV's infotainment interface—a large 7.0-inch touchscreen—and use your favorite apps on the go. This connectivity includes five USB ports throughout the cabin so all passengers can charge their devices en route. Onboard Wi-Fi is also standard, so you can access the internet wherever you go.


A black 2015 Chevy Equinox is shown driving on a highway.


2) 2015 Chevrolet Equinox

If you need plenty of legroom in the rear seat but are looking for an easy-to-maneuver compact SUV, then the Equinox is a great choice. This versatile model can handle city driving in downtown Lansing, but it's also well-suited for adventure. With the available V6 engine, the 2015 Equinox can tow up to 3,500 lbs, so you can bring your boat to Lake Lansing for a local trip or out to the great lakes for a memorable summer vacation. The Equinox comes standard with efficient front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an available upgrade, so you can find a model that's ready to tackle our icy Michigan winters.


Standard features on the 2015 Equinox include safety features like electronic stability control and traction control that let you drive with confidence even in rough weather or on roads that are in bad shape. There are convenient tech features like cruise control and 4G connectivity with onboard Wi-Fi. The LT trim features even more convenience tech, like a rearview camera, heated outside mirrors that can keep frost at bay, and a roof-mounted luggage rack to help you bring more cargo along for the ride without taking up precious interior space. The top-tier LTZ trim has power-adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats, a power liftgate with an adjustable height setting, and driver assistance features like forward collision alert and lane departure warning.


3) 2017 Buick Encore


If you want to cruise around Capital City in comfort and style, then consider a luxury SUV like the Buick Encore. The 2017 model benefits from a styling update that makes it look more sleek and modern; it also received Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, which is still a highly sought-after feature in new cars today. Standard features on this model include an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a push-button start (so you can keep your key fob in your pocket while you drive), a power-adjustable driver's seat, a tilt/telescoping steering column, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera that comes in handy if tall backseat passengers or bulky cargo are blocking your view out the rear window.


A busy city like Lansing can get pretty noisy on the roads. Luckily, the Buick Encore uses active noise cancellation to keep the cabin quiet, so you can enjoy conversation, listen to music, or have a tranquil commute to help you clear your head after a long day. For extra traction when you need it and efficient front-wheel drive when you don't, Buick offers an Active On-Demand All-Wheel Drive that automatically senses when driving conditions are getting bad and turns on AWD so you can stay in control.


A silver 2016 Cadillac Escalade is shown parked on the side of a city street.

4) 2016 Cadillac Escalade


Luxury comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you need a larger SUV for your big family or tend to overpack for vacations, then you can check out the Cadillac Escalade, a full-size SUV with three rows of seating that can accommodate up to eight people. For the 2016 model year, the Escalade gained Apple CarPlay compatibility, a lane-keeping assistant, and a faster, more responsive infotainment system. Standard features include plenty of comfort and convenience, with heated seats that will keep you cozy in the winter, a hands-free power liftgate, power-adjustable seats, tri-zone climate control, a power-folding third row, a remote starter, and a 16-speaker Bose sound system that's sure to impress even the most discerning audiophiles.


The 2016 Escalade comes standard with a powerful V8 engine that gives it a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 lbs; with this, you can reserve the elegant interior—which features leather surfaces and genuine wood trim—for passengers and more delicate cargo. If you don't want to bring a trailer along, you can fold both the second and third rows flat to carry even the bulkiest cargo in its cavernous interior.


5) 2014 Chevrolet Traverse


For a three-row SUV that's a little more down to earth but still plenty comfortable, you can get behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Traverse. This model also seats up to eight people, and it can tow up to 5,200 lbs when properly equipped. It's powered by a V6 engine and is available with all-wheel drive, so you can navigate Lansing's slippery streets amid rain or snow. The 2016 model comes standard with keyless entry, a backup camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, and satellite radio. If you can find an LTZ trim, you can get features like heated and cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel, making it extra comfortable in any weather. The LTZ trim also comes standard with driver assistance features like forward collision alert and lane departure warning.


The Traverse is full of extra touches that take driving to the next level, especially if you're a parent looking for a vehicle that's comfortable for your little Lansingites. A Smart Slide second row makes it easy for small ones to access the third row, so loading up won't slow you down. Also, the 2014 model was the first to offer dual USB ports in the back, so your kids can keep their devices fully charged, even on longer road trips.