Top 4 Used SUVs for Under $15K

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Buyer’s Guide - 10 Steps to Buying a Used Car 01If you are seeking a sport utility vehicle and you are on a budget, then a used one may be just the ticket for you. Take advantage of used car websites like where you can find millions of listings for new and used vehicles in every size, shape, and color. Here is a list of my top four used SUV values for under $15K.


2010-2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 EquinoxThe Equinox is a fantastic looking and well equipped SUV that fits somewhere between the compact and midsize segments. Despite moderate J.D. Power reliability ratings, there is a lot to like about this athletic looking vehicle. There is a fuel efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182hp and still manages 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. For those who need a little more get-up-and-go, there is also a 264hp 3.0-liter V6 engine. The V6 equipped Equinox manages a fuel efficiency rating of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.  This SUV, in 2LT trim, yields such standard features as a 7-inch LCD touchscreen monitor, heated front seating, and remote engine start.

2007-2012 Ford Edge

2012 EdgeThat awesome looking SUV that you’ve been seeing around lately is most likely a innovative Ford Edge. Like the Equinox, it also straddles the fence between compact and midsize. Earlier models offer basic features like air conditioning, keyless entry, and alloy wheels, but techies will want to check out the later models (2011 and later) as they added Ford’s MyTouch infotainment. The smaller dimensions of the Edge, combined with a powerful V6 engine (256hp) make driving a pleasure and help to fortify fuel efficiency numbers. The Edge provides room for the family and all their gear with the driving feel of a sports car.

2007-2011 Honda CR-V

2012 CR-VLook no farther than the best-selling new SUV on the market to find a popular used vehicle. There are lots of reasons that the CR-V leads the pack among new compact SUV sales. First of all; the CR-V is known for getting great gas mileage. 2007 – 2011 CR-Vs use a 166hp four-cylinder engine that helps to achieve 20 mpg city/27 mpg/hwy. Dependability rankings are also a reason to consider this choice. J.D. Power awarded this car its best rating of five-circles and CR-V owners agree. A simple, no nonsense cabin, with plenty of passenger room and cargo space are also worthy of note.

2007-2011 Mazda CX-9

2011 CX-9This may be the best crossover SUV of which you have never heard. The CX-9 is a 3-row crossover that ranks as one of our economic favorites. The three-row crossover boasts a muscular stance and a powerful 273hp V6 engine that manages to achieve 16mpg city/22 mpg highway. That is pretty respectable for any three-row crossover. You can locate a CX-9 in Grand Touring trim for around $13K and it’ll give you such premium features as xenon headlamps, a blind spot monitoring system, and rain sensing windshield wipers. Another good thing about a used CX-9 is that they still haven’t undergone a redesign since 2007, so you can buy used and it’ll look like this year’s model.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.