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10 Best Used Subcompact SUVs Under $12,000


It seems as if everyone wants an SUV these days, which might explain why it can be daunting to shop for one under $12,000.

Competition — and a record-breaking used-car market — may have you struggling even to start a shopping list, let alone park a new model in your driveway. But don’t despair! We’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best used subcompact SUVs for $12,000 or less that you can find on Autotrader.

1. 2014 Buick Encore

2014 Buick Encore front right
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

Pint-size but loaded with unexpected luxury touches such as enhanced sound deadening and available soft leather seats, the turbocharged Buick Encore is a small SUV with personality. See 2014 Buick Encore models for sale

2. 2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax front right in blue
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

The smallest Chevy has a comfortable ride and a well-appointed interior, plus a high seating position and generous cargo space. It’s also one of the newest SUVs on this list, making it a good buy for someone looking for a fresh-looking ride. See 2015 Chevrolet Trax models for sale

3. 2016 Fiat 500X

2016 Fiat 500X front right yellow
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

Packed with Italian style and boasting impressive turbocharged performance, the Fiat 500X is a fun choice among subcompact SUVs. It’s also one of the newest SUVs you’ll find for $12,000 or less if you’re a savvy shopper. See 2016 Fiat 500X models for sale

4. 2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Hyundai Tucson front left
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

A bit bigger than a typical subcompact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson offers up tremendous value for shoppers on a budget. This spacious small SUV packs a lot into a small package. See 2012 Hyundai Tucson models for sale

5. 2013 Jeep Patriot

2013 Jeep Patriot front right silver
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

With its squared-off good looks, the Jeep Patriot will be at home either in town or out exploring. A frugal 4-cylinder engine provides good fuel economy, while optional off-road equipment helps this SUV tackle the great outdoors. See 2013 Jeep Patriot models for sale

6. 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman

2013 Mini Cooper Countryman
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

Mini in name and size but huge in personality, the Cooper Countryman is packed with high-end amenities and style for $12,000 or less. Shop carefully, and you might be able to find a rare manual transmission model. See 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman models for sale

7. 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

The edgy Outlander Sport is fairly spacious inside, and it delivers fun handling for a small SUV. In addition, these small SUVs tend to be well-equipped for the money. See 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models for sale

8. 2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke front right in blue
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

Punchy styling backed up by serious turbocharged power makes the Nissan Juke a great choice for driving enthusiasts looking for a little more cargo space than they might find in a sports car. See 2012 Nissan Juke models for sale

9. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

This high-riding SUV blends car-like handling and fuel economy with genuine off-road capability. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and Subaru offered its impressive EyeSight crash-avoidance tech as an option. See 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek models for sale

10. 2013 Suzuki SX4

2013 Suzuki SX4 front left red
Get this subcompact SUV for under $12,000.

You may have forgotten about the SX4, but this little Suzuki is definitely worth seeking out. These small SUVs have perky looks and fun handling, plus they are priced right. You should be able to find one with very low miles and lots of features for $12,000 or less. See 2013 Suzuki SX4 models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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