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Used Compact SUVs under $18K

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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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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:9.4
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2011 Honda Element

The 2011 Honda Element isn’t as refined or upscale as most of its rivals, but few match its cargo hauling capabilities and rugged, versatile interior. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.4
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2011 Mazda CX-7

The 2011 Mazda CX-7 is one of the sportiest 2011 compact SUVs available, but limited cargo space and somewhat cramped rear seats mean it probably isn’t the ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.7
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2011 Nissan Xterra

Among off-road SUVs, the 2011 Nissan Xterra is considered to be one of the best on-road performers. However, for on-road driving, most reviewers preferred other compact SUVs ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:8.8
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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 »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.3
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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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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.0
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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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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.7
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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:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.8
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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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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.7
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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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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.4
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2011 Hyundai Tucson

The highly-ranked 2011 Hyundai Tucson is a spacious compact SUV with a well-equipped interior, good performance and excellent safety scores. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.6
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2009 Kia Sportage

The 2009 Kia Sportage offers a decent reliability rating and a spacious interior, but it trails the pack when it comes to safety and performance.   Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.3
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2011 Ford Escape

The 2011 Ford Escape is a competent 2011 compact SUV with a roomy interior, innovative tech features and classic SUV styling that distinguishes it from the large ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:7.3
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2011 Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass was updated for 2011 and boasts a higher reliability rating than previous models, but cheap interior materials and middling performance mean that the Compass ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:N/A
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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 ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:10.0
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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:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:8.8
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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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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.8
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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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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.6
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2012 Nissan Juke

The 2012 Nissan Juke is fun to drive and has a good safety score, but a small cabin and cargo hold may limit its appeal. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.9
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2011 Dodge Journey

The 2011 Dodge Journey has excellent safety ratings and offers a lot of utility for families. However, the Journey falls short with poor reliability and uninspiring performance. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.7
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