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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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