Compact crossovers and SUVs are popular because they offer the economical niceties of a compact car with the utility of an SUV. You get a roomy interior, and sometimes even some off-road capability, but you also get good fuel economy and affordable pricing.
Speaking of affordable pricing: Now is a great time to be shopping for a used compact crossover, considering how many good deals are out there. You might be surprised by what a modern and well-equipped crossover you can get with a 4-digit price tag.
Here are seven good used compact SUVs you can find on Autotrader for under $10,000 in 2019.
2007-2012 Acura RDX
The Acura RDX is not only luxurious, it’s also surprisingly fun to drive. This was one of the SUVs that popularized the 4-cylinder compact luxury SUV. Its turbocharged engine packs a powerful punch, and the chassis delivers good handling to match. Early examples have Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which became optional starting in the 2010 model year. We recommend finding an AWD version for both improved performance and better traction for all-season driving. Find an Acura RDX for sale
2009-2012 Audi Q5
Another good and surprisingly affordable used luxury SUV is the first-generation Audi Q5. It has a classy exterior and a beautiful interior, plus the impressive performance you’d expect from an Audi. Every first-gen Q5 comes standard with a strong V6 engine and Audi’s famous Quattro AWD system. This Audi does a nice job being a jack-of-all-trades in a small luxury SUV with a premium interior, fun driving dynamics and even an impressive fuel economy for a V6 AWD crossover. Find an Audi Q5 for sale
2010-2015 Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevy Equinox is a well-rounded compact SUV and a great value on the used market. Since this generation of the Equinox is on the bigger side of the compact SUV segment, it’s one of the roomiest crossovers in its class. It also delivers a smooth ride and gets great safety scores, all of which add up to make this a great family vehicle. A V6 engine became available starting in 2013 — we recommend it, if you can find one at this price point. Find a Chevrolet Equinox for sale
2013-2016 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a lot like the Chevy Equinox in the sense that it’s a well-rounded SUV that presents a strong value. What makes the Escape stand out is a fun-to-drive character that can be hard to find in this segment — especially if you can afford to upgrade to one of its available turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which deliver a satisfying blend of performance and efficiency. The Escape also has a pretty roomy cargo hold compared to most competitors. Find a Ford Escape for sale
2011-2016 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage got a nice redesign in 2011, making it a more sleek and carlike crossover. When it was new, it was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, which means it’s still a very safe SUV by today’s standards. The Sportage also benefits from a roomy interior, good fuel economy and an available turbocharged engine. You can even get a Sportage with a 6-speed manual transmission if you’re looking for a little more driving engagement. Find a Kia Sportage for sale
2009-2013 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester is something a little different in compact SUVs. It gives you all of the practical benefits of a small crossover but adds a distinct Subaru quirkiness that no other brand can imitate. Some of this character shows in the standard all-wheel drive on every trim, which is awesome if you’re looking for an affordable SUV with AWD. The Forester is also particularly roomy on the inside for both passengers and cargo. Find a Subaru Forester for sale
2008-2012 Toyota RAV4
You can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true Toyota RAV4. It’s consistently one of the best-selling vehicles in this segment for good reason — it’s safe, practical, reliable and affordable. The generation you’re most likely to find in this price range has one of the biggest interiors in this class, a strong available V6 and, of course, the reliability you’d expect from a Toyota. If you just want an SUV to get you from A to B with no headaches, the RAV4 is a crossover you can trust. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale