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Used Compact SUVs under $15K

View the best used compact suvs priced under $15,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used compact suvs for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

The redesigned-for-2010 Chevrolet Equinox is a versatile and comfortable 2010 compact SUV, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a well-rounded vehicle. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 9.0
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_5
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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 »

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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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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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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
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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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 of its competitors. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
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 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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2010 Dodge Nitro

The 2010 Dodge Nitro offers excellent towing capacity and a functional cargo space, but underwhelming performance and interior quality keep it near the middle of the class. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.7
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.1
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Ford Escape

The 2010 Ford Escape has plenty of interior and cargo space as well as some innovative tech options, but more recently redesigned competitors offer a higher level ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Nissan Rogue

When it was new, reviewers said that a pleasant ride, versatile cargo space and better–than-average fuel economy were among the 2010 Nissan Rogue’s strongest traits. However, the ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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 »

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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
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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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

All-new for 2011, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a spacious interior for five, but those looking for ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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