A good compact SUV combines the drivability of a compact car with the versatility of an SUV. When executed well, a compact crossover can check a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers whether you’re looking for a small family car or just a practical commuter.
Here are seven great used compact SUVs that you can find on Autotrader for less than $20,000 for 2020.
2018–2019 Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevy Equinox got a big redesign for the 2018 model year and this compact crossover got a little more compact with smaller dimensions than its predecessor. The result is a more nimble and agile SUV that’s still pretty roomy on the inside. The Equinox gets great fuel economy with the base engine and upgrading to the more muscular 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gives you more power while still being reasonably efficient. There’s even a super-efficient turbo-diesel option, which is uncommon in this segment. Find a Chevrolet Equinox for sale
2017–2019 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a practical and reliable crossover with one of the biggest cargo holds in this class. The Escape has a surprising fun-to-drive factor thanks to its lineup of excellent engines, our favorite of which is the 2.0-liter turbo-four. It also has pretty good handling for an SUV meaning the Escape can get pretty sporty when optioned accordingly. The interior of the Escape is more premium than what you might expect, especially in the higher trims — which are pretty affordable on the used market. Find a Ford Escape for sale
2012–2016 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V has long been a class leader in this segment for many reasons. The generation that ran from model years 2012–2016 was safe, reliable and family-friendly thanks to one of the biggest interiors in this class with abundant space for both passengers and cargo. There’s only one engine option, but that engine is good on gas and delivers respectable performance. The CR-V got an update in 2015 with revised suspension, better sound insulation and a continuously variable transmission that delivers smooth shifts and good fuel economy. No matter which year or trim you go with, you can’t go wrong with a CR-V. Find a Honda CR-V for sale
2016-2019 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is often overlooked in favor of the more popular names in used compact SUVs, but it’s one that deserves serious consideration. The Tucson delivers rock-solid reliability, a surprisingly roomy interior, excellent safety ratings and a ton of safety features. If you can find one in your budget, we recommend a Tucson with the upgraded turbocharged engine option, which improves on both performance and fuel economy over the base engine. The Tucson is already a good value when new, which means you can get a really nice used one for not a lot of money. Find a Hyundai Tucson for sale
2014-2019 Jeep Cherokee
If you’re looking for something on the more rugged side of this segment, the Jeep Cherokee is a practical compact crossover with some serious off-road chops when equipped with 4-wheel drive. We especially like the Trailhawk model with its rugged appearance and a slew of off-road upgrades like more ground clearance, off-road suspension, skid plates and of course, 4WD. No matter which model you go with, the Cherokee is a versatile SUV with a spacious, upscale interior and user-friendly features including one of the best infotainment systems in the business. Find a Jeep Cherokee for sale
2017-2019 Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is so good that you might be surprised that it’s not from a luxury brand. It has a sharp, modern look that’s complemented well by one of the nicest, most luxurious interiors in this class. It’s also quite athletic with exceptional handling and a lively engine. Not only is it fun to drive, but it’s also pleasantly comfortable with a smooth ride. That means whether you’re on a winding back road or commuting on the highway, the CX-5 is a pleasure to drive. Find a Mazda CX-5 for sale
2013-2018 Toyota RAV4
The tried-and-true Toyota RAV4 lives up well to its reputation of offering great value as a practical compact crossover. It has many of the same virtues as the Honda CR-V like a super spacious interior, a comfortable ride, an efficient engine, and excellent safety and reliability scores. Starting in 2017, the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver-assist technology became standard on the RAV4, which means you can get modern safety tech in an affordable used crossover. If you want to save a few bucks on gas, consider the RAV4 Hybrid — which returns outstanding fuel economy with standard all-wheel drive. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale