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Used Compact SUVs $15K to $20K

View the best used compact suvs priced between $15,000 and $20,000. 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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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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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.6
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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:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.8
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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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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.3
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:8.1
Safety:N/A
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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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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the sportier entries in the competitive 2011 compact SUV segment and isn’t a bad choice, but with a low reliability ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.2
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2011 Nissan Rogue

The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a pleasant ride, good fuel economy and good safety scores, but in a competitive class, it’s not as strong as many other ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.9
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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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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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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:8.7
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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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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.7
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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid gets great fuel economy and retains all the utility and space of a regular SUV, making it a good choice for anyone ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.4
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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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.3
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2011 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid has one of the highest fuel economy ratings among 2011 compact SUVs, but it lacks the clever interior details that rivals offer ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:6.0
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2010 Nissan Xterra

If you’re looking for an off-road vehicle, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is one of the few 2010 compact SUVs that will fit the bill. However, the Xterra’s ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:8.2
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2011 Jeep Patriot

The 2011 Jeep Patriot provides solid off-road performance and has outstanding safety scores, but isn’t as comfortable as the leading 2011 compact SUVs.   Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.1
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:10.0
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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 »

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.0
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:10.0
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2009 Jeep Wrangler

Reviewers loved the Jeep Wrangler’s iconic image and off-road performance, but its poor reliability and safety ratings and rough on-road performance mean that other SUVs are better ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.3
Safety:7.4
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