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8 Best Used Compact SUVs Under $10,000

Small SUVs just make sense – they offer a great mix of utility, efficiency, and character.  There are also plenty of used options out there for anyone on a tight budget.  Here we’ll highlight 8 compact SUVs available right now for around $10,000.

1. 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is the top-selling compact SUV.  It offers plenty of practicality, intuitive design, and most of all, the peace of mind that comes with Toyota reliability.  If you’re looking to pick up a RAV4 for around $10k, look to a third-generation model from the 2010-2012 model years.  Most come with a four-cylinder engine, but a V6 was offered during this time that made 270 horsepower; that’s quite a lot for a vehicle of this size, and no RAV4 has been offered with a V6 since. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale 

2. 2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

The CR-V is another great choice among the slew of used compact SUVs available today, and it’s long been the RAV4’s closest competitor.  The CR-V was sold in its fourth-generation from the 2012 through 2016 model years, and if you’re looking for a $10,000 CR-V, these are the model years to target.  Most you’ll come across will be from the 2012 and 2013 model years.  Noteworthy design elements of the CR-V are its D-pillar mounted tail lights and a shift lever located at the bottom of its dashboard, rather than on the console like on most vehicles. Find a Honda CR-V for sale

3. 2014 Hyundai Tucson

2014 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai’s compact SUV, the Tucson, offers unique styling, a fair assortment of standard and optional equipment, decent fuel efficiency, and overall good value.  While its engine choices leave a little to be desired, it’s relatively easy for those on a $10,000 budget to pick up a slightly newer Tucson than you could a RAV4 or CR-V.  We’d focus our search on the 2012-2015 model years. Find a Hyundai Tucson for sale

4. 2013 Mazda CX-5 

2013 Mazda CX-5 

The CX-5 is very similar to the RAV4 and CR-V, but offers more in the way of luxury and driving refinement.  The first-generation CX-5 was sold from 2013 through 2016; buyers wanting to pick up a used CX-5 for around $10,000 will want to focus on the 2013 and 2014 model years.  Under the hood you’ll find a reasonably-efficient naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine sending power to either the front, or all four wheels.  A six-speed automatic transmission is most common, though the CX-5 was in fact sold with a manual during this time, but it was only available on FWD models. Altogether, the CX-5 is one of our favorite compact SUVs. Find a Mazda CX-5 for sale

5. 2014 Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape

Ford’s Escape has been a stalwart in the compact SUV segment since it first launched way back in 2001.  The third-generation Escape came out for the 2013 model year, and it’s the one we’d recommend to buyers hoping to pick up a used compact SUV for around $10,000.  In third-gen form, the Escape was offered with a number of different four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter that made 239 horsepower; impressive for this segment. Find a Ford Escape for sale

6. 2009 Acura RDX

2009 Acura RDX

Given that it’s a luxury vehicle, the RDX you’ll be able to afford at this price point will likely be a little older than the other compact SUVs on this list.  That said, the first-generation RDX, built from 2007 through 2012, came with a potent 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making an impressive 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which was a lot for the era, and excellent chassis tuning made it fun to drive as well.  On top of that, Acura quality means a used RDX should come with a reasonably low cost of ownership. If you want something practical, reliable, and fun to drive for around $10k, a used RDX from between 2007 and 2012 will fit the bill. Find an Acura RDX for sale

7. 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Subaru Forester

The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is one of its biggest selling points.  Buyers seeking a $10,000 Forester will want to focus on the 2009 through 2013 model years.  During this time, two engines were offered; a basic four-cylinder and a turbocharged four-cylinder that made 227 horsepower, which came on the XT model.  Six airbags, hill start assist, and a panoramic sunroof are also on tap.  A manual transmission was offered, though most came with a dated four-speed automatic. Find a Subaru Forester for sale

8. 2013 Nissan Rogue

2013 Nissan Rogue

Nissan’s top-selling vehicle, used examples of the Rogue are readily available at our desired price point.  The Rogue uses a basic four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously-variable automatic transmission.  Its powertrain isn’t one of its strong points, though it is reasonably efficient, easy to drive, and earns good safety ratings. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale

8 Best Used Compact SUVs Under $10,000

  1. 2012 Toyota RAV4
  2. 2012 Honda CR-V
  3. 2014 Hyundai Tucson
  4. 2013 Mazda CX-5 
  5. 2014 Ford Escape
  6. 2009 Acura RDX
  7. 2012 Subaru Forester
  8. 2013 Nissan Rogue

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