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10 Best Used Compact SUVs on a $10,000 Budget


It might seem impossible to find any good deals on a used vehicle for less than $10,000 these days, but the rising trend of used SUV and crossover prices appears to have reversed somewhat. If you look around, you can find used compact SUVs and crossovers with less than 100,000 miles for less than $10,000 — or you can let us do the work for you.

Here are 10 of the best used compact SUVs under $10,000.

1. 2012 Acura RDX

2012 Acura RDX front

Small but luxurious and sporty, too, the 2012 Acura RDX builds on the Honda CR-V’s legendary formula for reliable, practical transportation. Look for SH-AWD-equipped models for the sportiest drive and the best all-weather ability. See 2012 Acura RDX models for sale

2. 2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is comfortable, spacious for its size, and surprisingly powerful. Despite the nominal compact crossover/SUV category, the Equinox can also tow up to 3,500 pounds. See 2015 Chevrolet Equinox models for sale

3. 2015 Ford Escape

2015 Ford Escape

Looking for a sharp, comfortable compact crossover for less than $10,000? The 2015 Ford Escape is all of that and offers impressive features like leather seats, a moonroof, navigation, and Sync with MyFord Touch. See 2015 Ford Escape models for sale 

4. 2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Honda CR-V

Honda’s CR-V is an icon in the compact crossover segment, a reputation built on decades of reliable, practical, handsome vehicles. The 2011 Honda CR-V is a great representative, with excellent fuel economy and a comfortable, well-equipped cabin. See 2011 Honda CR-V models for sale

5. 2014 Hyundai Tucson

2014 Hyundai Tucson

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is another expressively styled compact SUV focused on value for money, which means even base models are well-equipped, with keyless entry, Bluetooth, and cruise control on the standard menu. See 2014 Hyundai Tucson models for sale

6. 2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Kia Sportage

The 2014 Kia Sportage fits a full-size personality into a compact crossover’s footprint. This SUV is more biased toward a sporty attitude and city life than off-road endeavors. It offers an elegant interior with easy-to-use infotainment. See 2014 Kia Sportage models for sale

7. 2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5

The 2013 Mazda CX-5’s good looks are a bit less in-your-face than some of the alternatives on this list, but no less attractive. With seating for five, plenty of interior space, a near-premium cabin, and sporty ride and handling, the CX-5 is a crossover for those seeking fun and utility. See 2013 Mazda CX-5 models for sale

8. 2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

Comfort, style, and easy maneuvering are all high points for the 2014 Nissan Rogue. There’s an optional third-row seat, and although best reserved for younger children, it’s a welcome option in this size class. See 2014 Nissan Rogue models for sale

9. 2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester has the practicality, safety features, and versatility that make it a popular choice for families. Its standard all-wheel drive and impressive ground clearance appeal to those who want to venture off the beaten path. See 2014 Subaru Forester models for sale

10. 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4

Finally, we come to the 2012 Toyota RAV4, last alphabetically but continually near the top of the compact crossover segment. Its sharp looks, comfortable 5-passenger seating, and legendary Toyota reliability justify its strong resale value. See 2012 Toyota RAV4 models for sale

Best Used Compact SUVs on a $10,000 Budget

  1. 2012 Acura RDX
  2. 2015 Chevrolet Equinox
  3. 2015 Ford Escape
  4. 2011 Honda CR-V
  5. 2014 Hyundai Tucson
  6. 2014 Kia Sportage
  7. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  8. 2014 Nissan Rogue
  9. 2014 Subaru Forester
  10. 2012 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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