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Used Cars: 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

View the best 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs based on our rankings. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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#1
2012 Honda CR-V

The 2012 Honda CR-V comes loaded with tech features, and reviewers praised its spacious interior and generous ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.7
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#2
2012 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has an available third row, outstanding cargo space and a high reliability score. The ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.9
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox offers excellent fuel economy, and reviewers liked its comfortable, spacious seats and powerful V6 ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.3
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2012 Subaru Forester

The 2012 Subaru Forester has standard all-wheel drive and a great reliability score, and reviewers loved its composed handling and roomy seats. Read full review »

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.0
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2012 GMC Terrain

The 2012 GMC Terrain offers strong fuel economy ratings, and reviewers liked its spacious, stylish interior and comfortable seats. Read full review »

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.3
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2012 Mazda CX-7

While it has less cargo space than some rivals, test drivers liked the 2012 Mazda CX-7's stylish interior, comfortable seats and available turbocharged engine. Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.9
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2012 Kia Sportage

When equipped with a turbocharged engine and automatic transmission, reviewers said the 2012 Kia Sportage is a good performer, but they thought its ride is too firm. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.7
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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 its stylish interior. Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
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2012 Nissan Juke

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Juke offers sporty handling, but noted that it's not ideal if cabin and cargo space are top priorities.   Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:8.9
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2012 Nissan Rogue

Critics liked the 2012 Nissan Rogue’s composed handling, comfortable seats and intuitive dash controls, but said some rivals offer livelier acceleration and more cargo space. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.9
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan has limited cargo space for the class, but reviewers said it outshines rivals with its premium interior, sharp handling and powerful engine.  Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:9.7
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2012 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape offers good fuel economy and test drivers were pleased with its spacious back seat and available high-tech features. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:8.1
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2012 Nissan Xterra

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Xterra offers great off-road capability and a powerful V6 engine, though they noted that its downsides include a basic interior. Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2012 Dodge Journey

Reviewers liked the Dodge Journey's composed handling and convenient storage spaces, but were disappointed with its underpowered base engine and confusing tech features. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.3
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#14
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid gets great fuel economy ratings, but reviewers were disappointed with its cheap interior materials and weak brakes. Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.1
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2012 Jeep Wrangler

If serious off-road capability is important to you, reviewers said the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is one of ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:6.7
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

While the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has excellent fuel economy, reviewers would have liked a more powerful engine and softer seats. Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.0
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2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

While reviewers liked the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara's off-road capability and its high-tech standard features, they thought its powertrain could use an update.  Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.5
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2012 Jeep Compass

Reviewers thought the 2012 Jeep Compass offers good off-road performance, but said there are more capable and refined compact SUVs. Read full review »

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:N/A
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2012 Jeep Patriot

The 2012 Jeep Patriot has moderate off-road capabilities, but many rivals offer better performance and nicer interiors, reviewers said. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.0
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:10.0
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