Drivers looking for a small SUV on a modest budget are in luck. Right now, the used car market is teeming with affordable modern compact crossovers because they’ve been so popular for so long. Whether you’re looking for something roomy for your family or a good, efficient commuter, there’s a variety of used compact crossovers available, and we’ll help you find the right one.
Here are seven good used compact SUVs that you can find on Autotrader for less than $10,000 in 2020.
2010-2017 Chevrolet Equinox
The second generation of the Chevrolet Equinox expands on the virtues of the first with a strong available V6 engine, a comfortable ride and strong safety and reliability ratings. The Equinox is on the bigger side of the compact SUV segment, meaning it has a lot of passenger space, making it good for families. The Equinox got a nice facelift for 2016, with a refreshed exterior and a 7-in infotainment system with a rearview camera that became standard equipment on every trim. If you’re lucky, you can find a post-facelift Equinox in this price range. Find a Chevrolet Equinox for sale
2013-2016 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape got a big update when its third generation was introduced for 2013. It has sure-footed handling that’s great for an SUV, and it offers a strong engine lineup that includes an available turbocharged EcoBoost engine that serves up a lot of power for a crossover this size. Cargo space is generous, and the Escape is good on gas, which gives it a good measure of practicality. If you’re looking for a well-rounded crossover that’s fun to drive, an EcoBoost-powered Escape is a great choice. Find a Ford Escape for sale
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that does just about everything well. As you might expect, the safety and reliability ratings are excellent for this Honda, meaning it’s a small SUV you can trust. The interior is more upscale than you might expect, and the CR-V has one of the biggest cargo holds in its class. The ride quality is truly carlike, meaning that the CR-V does what every compact crossover aims to do — deliver the driving experience of a small car with the versatility of an SUV. There’s only one engine option, and it got a modest bump in horsepower in 2010. Find a Honda CR-V for sale
2011-2016 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is a great value new and an even better value used. You probably won’t find a current-generation Sportage in this price range, but the previous generation has a lot to offer at a great price. These Sportages have a very efficient base engine and a surprisingly strong available turbocharged engine, giving this crossover better performance than you might expect from a sub-$10,000 Kia SUV. It’s also quite roomy, and it earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award when it was new, making it great for small families. It also has a sharp, modern design inside and out that’s aging very well. Find a Kia Sportage for sale
2013-2016 Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is the athlete of the group, with arguably the best handling in the class. It doesn’t have a ton of horsepower, but its well-tuned chassis, steering and suspension make it fun to drive at any speed. The first-generation model could even be had with a manual transmission, which makes it even more pleasurable to drive. This Mazda is also very practical thanks to its roomy interior and great fuel economy. For the driving enthusiast who needs a practical vehicle on a modest budget, a first-gen CX-5 is worth a test drive, especially if it has the optional 2.5-liter engine. Find a Mazda CX-5 for sale
2009-2013 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester is on the rugged side of the compact SUV segment, with standard all-wheel drive and some serious off-road chops. Sometimes good off-road capability means sacrificing on-road comfort, but the Forester strikes a nice balance between the two. On-road driving is pleasant, with composed handling, and the Forester has a spacious interior and one of the biggest cargo areas in its class. We recommend upgrading to the delightful available turbocharged engine if you can find one in this price range. Find a Subaru Forester for sale
2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
When shopping for used compact SUVs, you simply can’t go wrong with a Toyota RAV4. The one to get in this price range is the third-generation model, which has the rock-solid safety and reliability ratings you would expect from a Toyota. This RAV4 is available with a strong V6 engine that’s actually pretty close in fuel economy to the base 4-cylinder while delivering much more power. Interior space is plentiful for passengers and cargo, and the third-gen RAV4 was even available with a third row of seats, although it’s quite cramped in the third row. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale