Used Compact SUVs under $15K

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2010 Honda CR-V

The top-ranked 2010 Honda CR-V is a well-rounded compact SUV that offers a comfortable ride, a practical, spacious interior and excellent safety ratings. All ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 9.2
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Toyota RAV4

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is practical and comfortable with an available V6 engine and available third-row seat that make it one of the most ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 9.0
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Honda CR-V

With excellent safety ratings, well-liked performance and a roomy interior, the 2009 Honda CR-V is one of the best used affordable compact SUVs you ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2010 Subaru Forester

The 2010 Subaru Forester is not as luxurious or refined as some of its rivals, but it offers plenty of practicality and a comfortable, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Chevrolet Equinox

When it was new, critics praised the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox for its powerful V6 engine options, practical interior and comfortable ride. Most said the ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Mazda CX-7

The 2009 Mazda CX-7 isn’t as practical as many rival SUVs, but what it lacks in practicality it makes up for with agile handling ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Saturn VUE

The 2009 Saturn VUE has a comfortable ride and an upscale, high-quality interior and is a good choice for anyone in the market for ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Toyota RAV4

The highly-ranked 2009 Toyota RAV4 offers a spacious cabin and a comfortable ride, as well as one of the few third-row seats in the ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 4_0
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox

With its comfortable ride, spacious interior and strong safety scores, the Chevrolet Equinox is a top choice among used compact SUVs. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.8
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain, which was all-new for 2010, offers a refined ride, comfortable interior and great fuel economy, making it a great choice for ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Kia Sportage

The 2010 Kia Sportage offers a spacious interior, but it doesn’t manage to distinguish itself in a very competitive class.   Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the more upscale offerings in the 2010 compact SUV class, and its refined, agile handling and excellent ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage was completely redesigned for 2011, which helps it compete with the best of the class. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Honda Element

The 2010 Honda Element puts the utility in sport utility vehicle. This four-seater lacks the refinement of most of its rivals, but what it ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Mazda Tribute

The 2009 Mazda Tribute has a well-appointed interior and good fuel economy, but its poor performance lessens its appeal. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester, completely redone for 2009, is not the most refined offering among 2009 compact SUVs, but its spacious interior and comfortable seats ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Hyundai Tucson

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson doesn’t have the most powerful engine lineup in the class, nor the most cargo space, but reviewers were impressed with ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Mazda CX-7

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is one of the sportiest rides in the class, but with a small cargo area and back seat and a ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander, refreshed for 2010, offers a sporty, yet supple, ride and a vast cargo area, though it lacks the refinement of many ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander has sporty handling and a spacious interior, but it lacks the refinement found in top competitors. If you’re looking for a ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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