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Autotrader Names 10 Hottest SUVs for Summer 2018

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ATLANTA, July 18, 2018 -- As the temperatures continue to rise, breaking heat records across the country, Autotrader editors put together its list of the 10 hottest SUVs for the summer of 2018. These fun, practical vehicles are the 10 most-searched new, used, and certified pre-owned utility vehicles on Autotrader.   

"Utility tops the must-have list for today's car shopper, which is why SUV sales continue to set records among buyers," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "If you're upgrading your vehicle for summer, add any of these models to your consideration list, and take your summer road trip or camping excursion to new heights."

Autotrader 10 Hottest SUVs for Summer 2018



Samples of Autotrader's Editorial Commentary


Jeep Wrangler

Always a popular model, the Jeep Wrangler is all new for 2018. With a thoroughly revised interior, new powertrain options, and updated tech, the new Wrangler gives you everything you love about this icon without sacrificing comfort and convenience. And yes, it still has the off-road capability you'd expect from the nameplate.


Jeep Grand Cherokee

For a Jeep that's a bit more civilized, but still has serious off-road chops, the Grand Cherokee is a popular choice for good reasons. The Grand Cherokee has a look that's rugged yet refined and that theme continues in the interior and in the SUV's performance.


Toyota 4Runner

With an old-school body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is durable, rugged, and a beast off-road when equipped with four-wheel drive. Some serious fun can be had this summer with a 4Runner and there's plenty of room for passengers and gear.


Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe can be a family car, a rugged work vehicle, a comfortable commuter, or anything in between. It is also one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road not only because of its strong reliability record, but because their owners love them so much that they drive them for as long as they can.


Ford Explorer

What people love about the Explorer is that it delivers a comfortable, car-like driving experience thanks to its unibody construction while still offering all the utility of an SUV.


Honda CR-V

Honda has a strong reputation for building affordable, practical cars that offer a strong value. The CR-V compact SUV holds up that reputation very well. The CR-V has a premium look that could make your neighbors think you spent more on this crossover that starts at just $24,250.


Chevrolet Suburban

The mighty Suburban can haul passengers and cargo while towing a boat all at once without breaking a sweat. If you need one vehicle that does it all, the Suburban is the SUV for you starting at $50,200.


Toyota Highlander

Among its many desirable features, Toyota Safety Sense is one that's worth serious consideration. It comes with lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision system, and automatic high-beams. For environmentally conscious drivers with a lot of passengers to carry, the Highlander is available as a hybrid.


GMC Yukon

The Yukon can be optioned into a full-on luxury SUV with the ritzy Denali trim. But even the non-Denali Yukon has the same versatility and toughness of the Tahoe in a classier package. Choosing between the Yukon and the Tahoe is purely a matter of personal taste and your budget.


Honda Pilot

The versatile Honda Pilot is a practical, affordable mid-size SUV that's very family friendly. With an eye-catching design and a lovely, roomy interior, the Pilot can haul the whole family in safety and style.

Autotrader's Hottest SUVS for Summer 2018 list features the 10 most-searched new, used and certified pre-owned SUVs on Autotrader's website from January 1 – June 26, 2018 (ranked by search volume). To learn more about the 10 Hottest SUVs for Summer from Autotrader's expert editors, including full coverage and available inventory, visit