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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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2010 Toyota RAV4

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is practical and comfortable with an available V6 engine and available third-row seat that make it one of the most appealing 2010 compact ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 9.0
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Honda CR-V

The top-ranked 2010 Honda CR-V is a well-rounded compact SUV that offers a comfortable ride, a practical, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox offers excellent fuel economy, and reviewers liked its comfortable, spacious seats and powerful V6 ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2011 Honda CR-V

The 2011 Honda CR-V has a spacious interior and a comfortable ride, making it one of the ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2011 Nissan Xterra

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

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.8
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Subaru Forester

The 2010 Subaru Forester is not as luxurious or refined as some of its rivals, but it offers plenty of practicality and a comfortable, spacious interior with ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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2011 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage was completely redesigned for 2011, which helps it compete with the best of the class. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox

With its comfortable ride, spacious interior and strong safety and reliability scores, the Chevrolet Equinox is a top choice among used compact SUVs. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.8
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 GMC Terrain

The 2011 GMC Terrain has a comfortable and stylish interior, a smooth ride and one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class, making it a ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan is a bit more upscale than many of its competitors, with sporty handling and a premium interior, making it a good choice for ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain, which was all-new for 2010, offers a refined ride, comfortable interior and great fuel economy, making it a great choice for anyone looking for ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the more upscale offerings in the 2010 compact SUV class, and its refined, agile handling and excellent safety scores make ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Kia Sportage

When equipped with a turbocharged engine and automatic transmission, reviewers said the 2012 Kia Sportage is a good performer, but they thought its ride is too firm. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.2
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Hyundai Tucson

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson doesn’t have the most powerful engine lineup in the class, nor the most cargo space, but reviewers were impressed with its stylish interior. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Mazda CX-7

While it has less cargo space than some rivals, test drivers liked the 2012 Mazda CX-7's stylish interior, comfortable seats and available turbocharged engine. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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2010 Mazda CX-7

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is one of the sportiest rides in the class, but with a small cargo area and back seat and a below-average safety score ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Jeep Wrangler

Reviewers loved the Jeep Wrangler’s iconic image and off-road performance, but its rough on-road driving manners mean that other SUVs are better for everyday use. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: 8.6
Safety: 7.4
Reliability: 5_0
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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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