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Used Compact SUVs $15K to $20K

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2014 Kia Sportage

According to test drivers, the 2014 Kia Sportage has sporty handling and a strong, turbocharged engine, but it also has a harsher ride and less interior space ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 2_5
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2013 Ford Escape

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape earned reviewer praise for its performance. However, its tech features garnered some ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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2013 Hyundai Tucson

Test drivers remarked that the 2013 Hyundai Tucson has a handsome cabin and nimble handling, but disliked its cramped rear seats and sluggish base engine. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 2_5
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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
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_0
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2014 Dodge Journey

The 2014 Dodge Journey has a large cargo area and a user-friendly infotainment system, but its base engine is underpowered, critics said, and its fuel economy is ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek has standard all-wheel drive and excellent fuel economy, but test drivers wrote that its underpowered engine and limited cargo space lessen its ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2014 Toyota RAV4

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 has plenty of passenger and cargo space, but it isn't as powerful as some rivals, critics said. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_5
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2013 Nissan Rogue

While some reviewers said that the 2013 Nissan Rogue is a sufficient compact SUV, many rivals offer more cargo space, more standard features, nicer interiors and sportier ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 Toyota RAV4

The 2011 Toyota RAV4 offers a V6 engine and one of the few third row seats in the class, making it a great choice for growing families ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 2_0
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2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

The 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is a competent SUV with excellent fuel economy, making it a good choice for anyone who needs the utility of a compact ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2014 Hyundai Tucson

The refreshed 2014 Hyundai Tucson has composed handling and an attractive interior, critics said, though they found its rear seat and cargo area a bit small, its ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.6
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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