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Used Cars: 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

View the best 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs based on our rankings. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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#1
2009 Dodge Journey

Although the Dodge Journey was new for 2009, reviewers were unsatisfield with the base engine’s performance and the crossover’s cheap-feeling interior. They appreciated the Journey's spacious cabin ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
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 and an attractive ... 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 a 2009 compact ... 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 class, making it ... 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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2009 Honda CR-V

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

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_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 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 Equinox is anything ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
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 make it a ... 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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2009 Jeep Wrangler

Reviewers loved the Jeep Wrangler’s iconic image and off-road performance, but its rough on-road driving manners mean that other SUVs are better for everyday use. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: 8.6
Safety: 7.4
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Nissan Rogue

The 2009 Nissan Rogue has good performance and solid safety scores, but its poor reliability rating keeps it from competing with more well-rounded 2009 compact SUVs.   Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape received engine updates for 2009, and critics praised the improved power and acceleration. The Escape also has plenty of interior and cargo space, though ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid has great fuel economy for a 2009 compact SUV, and while it’s not as versatile as some rivals, it is a good ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Kia Sportage

The 2009 Kia Sportage offers sure-footed handling and a spacious interior, but it trails the pack when it comes to safety and engine power.   Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan, which was all-new for 2009, has one of the most upscale interiors and among the most composed handling in the class, making it a ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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2009 Honda Element

The 2009 Honda Element has lots of cargo space in its rugged, easy-to-clean interior. It isn’t the most refined family vehicle available, but if you need a ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid

The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid has great safety ratings and fuel economy ratings, but its underwhelming performance keeps it from competing with other 2009 compact SUVs. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara has good off-road performance and a comfortable interior, but its on-road performance and low safety and reliability ratings leave a lot to ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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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 basic 2009 compact ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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2009 Nissan Xterra

The 2009 Nissan Xterra, a truck-based SUV, has good off-road performance and a rugged, versatile interior, but poor safety and reliability ratings make it a low-ranked SUV. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.5
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.1
Reliability: 2_0
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2009 Hyundai Tucson

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson is a middle-of-the-pack compact SUV that offers a decent reliability rating, but lacks the interior quality, driving dynamics and fuel economy of the ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.6
Reliability: 2_0
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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.