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9 Good Used Compact SUVs Under $5,000


Used cars hold more value now than ever, so it might seem impossible to find a good used compact crossover or SUV for a reasonable price. Thankfully, there are still some great values to be found. Of course, values and asking prices don’t always align in a volatile market, so do your homework before making a purchase.

Here is our list of nine good used compact SUVs under $5,000.

1. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Small, but not too small, and handsomely styled, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox balances the needs of daily life with the realities of size, cost, and efficiency. The V6-powered Equinox can tow up to 3,500 pounds, there’s an available rear-seat entertainment system, and the 4-cylinder model can top 30 mpg on the highway. See 2013 Chevrolet Equinox models for sale

2. 2009 Ford Escape

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The 2009 Ford Escape rolls the traditional SUV formula of high seating position and higher ground clearance into a much smaller, more efficient package. With up to 28 mpg, available all-wheel drive, and a manual or automatic transmission, the Escape is a flexible, practical choice. See 2009 Ford Escape models for sale

3. 2006 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V remains one of the top picks in the compact crossover segment. That’s because of the reputation built by the ones that came before, including the 2006 Honda CR-V. Surprisingly roomy with seating for five and room for gear, with available all-wheel drive and an optional manual transmission, the CR-V offers something for most. See 2006 Honda CR-V models for sale

4. 2010 Jeep Liberty

2010 Jeep Liberty front right

For those seeking greater off-road ability in their compact crossover SUV, the 2010 Jeep Liberty may be the answer. Seating for five and plenty of cargo space are de rigeur, while a 3.7-liter V6 engine and your choice of Command-Trac II part-time 4-wheel-drive or Selec-Trac II full-time 4-wheel drive provide the go-anywhere ability. See 2010 Jeep Liberty models for sale

5. 2011 Kia Sportage

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Smart styling and even smarter interior design, a choice of frugal-yet-punchy 4-cylinder engines, and factory options like a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, and premium audio make the 2011 Kia Sportage a tremendous value, even more than a decade on from its debut. See 2011 Kia Sportage models for sale

6. 2011 Mercury Mariner

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The upscale alternative to the mechanically identical Ford Escape, the 2011 Mercury Mariner retains the Escape’s big-SUV-in-a-small-body look but adds a more premium look and feel. A hybrid was offered in addition to the standard 4-cylinder and V6 models but didn’t net especially good fuel economy; the V6 offers up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. See 2011 Mercury Mariner models for sale

7. 2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Nissan Rogue front left

Like the RAV4 and CR-V, the Nissan Rogue is a long-time favorite in the compact crossover segment, offering a more stylish, youthful alternative to its Honda and Toyota competitors. A single 4-cylinder engine is available, with either front- or all-wheel drive, paired to a CVT transmission. See 2012 Nissan Rogue models for sale

8. 2010 Saturn Vue

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Like the Mercury brand, the Saturn brand is no longer with us. But that doesn’t stop the 2009 Saturn Vue from carrying on, nor does it contain a dedicated fan base from continuing to appreciate its understated styling, comfortable cabin, strong available V6 engines, or reasonably efficient hybrid variant. See 2010 Saturn Vue models for sale

9. 2005 Toyota RAV4

2005 Toyota Rav4

The oldest model on this list and the one with the most instant name recognition, the 2006 Toyota RAV4 is an icon of the compact crossover field. It blended the easy maneuvering of a sedan with the space of a small SUV. Despite its age, the 2006 RAV4 included many smart standard features, like keyless entry, three 12-volt outlets, power accessories, and a full complement of front, side, and side-curtain airbags. See 2005 Toyota RAV4 models for sale

9 Good Used Compact SUVs Under $5,000

  1. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  2. 2009 Ford Escape
  3. 2006 Honda CR-V
  4. 2010 Jeep Liberty
  5. 2011 Kia Sportage
  6. 2011 Mercury Mariner
  7. 2012 Nissan Rogue
  8. 2010 Saturn Vue
  9. 2005 Toyota RAV4

Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson is an automotive writer and enthusiast whose 15-plus years of experience have seen him travel the globe, driving as many new cars as possible. His work has appeared throughout the print and online automotive world, including Car and Driver, Autoblog, and Motor Authority, among others. He writes for Autotrader from Long Beach, California.

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