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9 Good Used Compact SUVs Under $5,000 for 2021

Budget-conscious buyers may find themselves intimidated by the news that used-car values are on the rise. It may seem like finding an SUV for under $5,000 is impossible.

That’s not quite the case, as we’ve found. Here’s a look at nine used compact SUVs you can find for $5,000 or less.

1. 2007 Chevrolet Equinox

2007 Chevrolet Equinox Front Left in Red

The Chevy Equinox is roomy enough for five passengers and their luggage, more like a midsize SUV inside. With available V6 power, it also has decent get-up-and-go. See 2007 Chevrolet Equinox models for sale

2. 2008 Ford Escape

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The widely available Ford Escape was a popular choice when new, which means it’s easy enough to find used. An update for the 2008 model year brought fresh exterior styling and a new interior with more tech. See 2008 Ford Escape models for sale

3. 2003 Honda CR-V

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When it was new, Honda’s second-generation CR-V boasted an innovative interior layout with ample storage space for small items and an imaginative design. It also carries a reputation for reliability, making it a good budget-friendly purchase today. See 2003 Honda CR-V models for sale

4. 2006 Jeep Liberty

2006 Jeep Liberty Front Left in Dark Blue

Looking for a little off-road cred at a budget price? Check out the Jeep Liberty. Behind its bubbly styling sits stout off-road ability in most configurations, plus an available manual transmission. See 2006 Jeep Liberty models for sale

5. 2008 Kia Sportage

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The Sportage is a great value used, and within our budget, you should be able to find one with relatively low miles and lots of features for the money. See 2008 Kia Sportage models for sale

6. 2008 Mercury Mariner

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The Mariner was the upmarket companion to the closely related Ford Escape. Aside from distinct exterior styling, the two share everything — including a low price. See 2008 Mercury Mariner models for sale

7. 2009 Nissan Rogue

2009 Nissan Rogue Profile in SIlver

The Rogue offers good interior space and a comfortable ride. These were popular SUVs when they were new, so the selection of used models remains quite good. See 2009 Nissan Rogue models for sale

8. 2009 Saturn Vue

2009 Saturn Vue Front Right in Blue

With its Euro looks, the Saturn Vue still cuts a dashing profile more than a decade on. This SUV has a comfortable interior with nice materials, too. See Saturn Vue models for sale

9. 2005 Toyota RAV4

2005 Toyota RAV4 Front Right in SIlver

You’ll have to dial your clock back a bit to find a sub-$5,000 Toyota RAV4 in good shape, but they’re worth seeking out. These SUVs have a great reputation for durability and smooth operation, and many are out there with hundreds of thousands of miles on their odometers. See 2005 Toyota RAV4 models for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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