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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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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 »

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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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2010 Hyundai Tucson

The redesigned 2010 Hyundai Tucson looks sleek and has better fuel economy, performance and reliability than previous models, as well as one of the best safety scores ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 2_0
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2010 Mercury Mariner

The 2010 Mercury Mariner is a competent and inviting 2010 compact SUV with decent fuel economy and a spacious interior, but isn’t as comfortable as several highly-ranked ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.4
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 »

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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 »

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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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2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara

The 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara offers a comfortable interior and good off-road performance, but its on-road ride isn’t great and it has low reliability and safety ratings. ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara has good off-road performance and powerful engines, but its on-road performance isn’t great and it carries below-average reliability and safety scores. As ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.3
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 »

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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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2010 Mazda Tribute

The 2010 Mazda Tribute offers good safety scores and a decent interior, but in a highly competitive class, the Tribute falls in the middle of the pack. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.5
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.8
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 »

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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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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 2_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2010 Dodge Journey

Reviewers appreciated the 2010 Dodge Journey’s above-average fuel economy, but they didn’t like much else. Although it has good safety scores, the Journey’s cramped third row, low ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
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 »

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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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2009 Mercury Mariner

The 2009 Mercury Mariner is a good choice in a field of great choices. While it may lack the refinement of some of its key rivals, its ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid, which received some revisions for 2009, has some of the best fuel economy in the class, and is a practical and spacious SUV. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 2_0
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2010 Jeep Liberty

The 2010 Jeep Liberty boasts very good off-road capabilities, but most reviewers agreed it doesn’t offer buyers much else.    Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.3
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 6.7
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.1
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Jeep Compass

The 2009 Jeep Compass is outclassed by most other compact SUVs that offer better performance, nicer interiors and stronger reliability ratings. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.3
Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 6.4
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Jeep Patriot

The 2009 Jeep Patriot is a good SUV for off-roading, but poor interior quality and underpowered engines keep the Patriot near the bottom of its class. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.3
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: 2_0
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2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Most test drivers agreed that the 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara has a rough ride, an underpowered engine and a dated interior, and it gets poor fuel economy. ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.2
Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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