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10 Best Used Compact SUVs Under $10,000


You’ve got your eyes set on a used compact SUV, but the prices dealers and private sellers are asking have you concerned. Fret not! Some great SUVs are out there for $10,000 or less, even in today’s admittedly tough used car market.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best used compact SUVs for under $10,000.

1. 2009 Acura RDX

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You can find the 2009 Acura RDX for around $10,000.

With a robust turbocharged engine and luxurious interior, the Acura RDX is a surprisingly exciting choice for those in the market for a budget-friendly small SUV. Its dashing style will make your neighbors think you’ve spent more than $10,000, too. See Acura RDX models for sale

2. 2011 Chevrolet Equinox

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Check Autotrader, and you can find the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox for around $10,000.

Spacious in both the front and back seats, the Chevrolet Equinox is an excellent choice for bigger families. Its optional V6 engine provides good power with a whole load of passengers on board, too. See Chevrolet Equinox models for sale

3. 2013 Ford Escape

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The 2013 Ford Escape starts around $10,000.

More spacious than its small size suggests, the Ford Escape is a Euro-style SUV that offers impressive handling and available turbocharged power. It also provides a great infotainment system with advanced connectivity. See Ford Escape models for sale 

4. 2010 Honda CR-V

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Savvy shoppers can find a 2010 Honda CR-V for around $10,000.

Like the RAV4, the CR-V has been a reliable choice for more than a generation. Seek out a 2011 model for its excellent safety record and its small garage-friendly dimensions. See Honda CR-V models for sale

5. 2012 Hyundai Tucson

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A crafty buyer can find the 2012 Hyundai Tucson for around $10,000.

The stylish Tucson cuts a dashing profile for a reasonable price tag. A thrifty 4-cylinder engine delivers a good balance between useful power and decent fuel economy, too. Look for a Tucson Limited for a surprising amount of luxury features for the money, too. See Hyundai Tucson models for sale

6. 2013 Kia Sportage

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The 2013 Kia Sportage sells for around $10,000.

With its dressy style, the Kia Sportage stands out in a crowded parking lot. Shop carefully, and you may be able to nab a higher-mile Sportage SX with the 260-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder for around $10,000, too. See Kia Sportage models for sale

7. 2014 Mazda CX-5

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The 2014 Mazda CX-5 sells for around $10,000.

The sporty CX-5 delivers sharp steering and poised handling, making it an excellent choice for shoppers who want SUV-style utility without giving up some driving fun. Its 4-cylinder engines sip fuel, too, and careful shoppers can even find one with a manual gearbox. See Mazda CX-5 models for sale

8. 2014 Nissan Rogue

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The 2014 Nissan Rogue can be found for around $10,000.

The Rogue is priced like a compact SUV but sized closer to a mid-size model thanks to its spacious interior. This model briefly offered three rows of seating, too, making it a good choice for drivers who might need to occasionally seat children in its third row. See Nissan Rogue models for sale

9. 2012 Subaru Forester

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The 2012 Subaru Forester sells for around $10,000.

Spacious, comfortable, and boasting a good safety record, the Subaru Forester is a great choice — and that’s even before we factor in its standard all-wheel drive. The Forester is a must-shop for anyone in the market for an all-weather-friendly SUV. See Subaru Forester models for sale

10. 2010 Toyota RAV4

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The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is a deal at around $10,000.

The RAV4 is synonymous with compact SUV quality and durability. The 2011 model offers a spacious interior plus a choice of frugal 4-cylinder or strong V6 power. See Toyota RAV4 models for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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