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Used Compact SUVs under $15K

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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:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.8
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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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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.5
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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:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.5
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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:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.5
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2009 Mazda Tribute

The 2009 Mazda Tribute has a well-appointed interior and good fuel economy, but its poor performance and below-average reliability rating overshadow its positive attributes. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.8
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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 »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.2
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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 »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:10.0
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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:7.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:8.8
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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:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:8.3
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2009 Jeep Patriot

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

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.1
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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:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:8.1
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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:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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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:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:9.4
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2010 Jeep Patriot

The 2010 Jeep Patriot is a strong off-road performer, but it’s not well-rounded enough to compete against most other 2010 compact SUVs.   Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.2
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2009 Dodge Journey

The first model year for the Dodge Journey was 2009, but reviewers thought its debut was lackluster. They complained about the base engine’s performance and the crossover’s ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:9.4
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2009 Pontiac Torrent

The 2009 Pontiac Torrent offers a spacious interior and V6 power, but can’t quite stack up against other 2009 compact SUVs that have better safety scores, reliability ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:8.7
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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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Used Car Scores
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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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.5
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2011 Mazda Tribute

The 2011 Mazda Tribute has ample cargo space, but its subpar performance and low safety and reliability ratings keep it from competing with more capable used compact ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:7.3
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2009 Jeep Compass

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

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.4
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.5
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