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The 7 Best used SUVs under $10,000

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Updated for Winter 2020

Photo of Subaru Forester, our pick for #1 best used SUV under $10k

The SUV has become the new choice for drivers in America who are looking for a vehicle that does it all. Over the last 25 years, the SUV has gradually taken market share from the venerable midsize sedans by offering customers similar fuel economy and sedan-like driving dynamics along with off-road capability and increased cargo capacity. For most families, an SUV is really the perfect choice.

So what if you can’t afford the newest option off the showroom floor? We’ll help you see how you can get a great, reliable used SUV that will provide you years of solid usage for less than $10,000.


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2010 Subaru Forester

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Average Sale Price: $8081

Class: Compact SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 55

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Subaru is a brand that is well known for its commitment to reliability, and has developed a rabid fanbase as a result. The 2010 Forester represents an SUV that may look a little bland on the outside but underneath hides a machine that can do it all. It utilizes a fuel-efficient boxer engine, easily holds 5 passengers and is one of the safest overall picks in this crowded class. Subaru’s full-time, symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is standard as well. A fantastic pick for anyone looking for an ideal family SUV.

2008 Honda CR-V

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Average Sale Price: $6281

Class: Compact SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 55

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For the compact SUV class, there are few vehicles that tick more boxes than the Honda CR-V. For 2008, this 55 reliability master brought a refreshed exterior, redesigned interior and higher MPG than previous generations. Owners love the great gas mileage, huge interior and quality materials used throughout the CR-V. If you’re in the market for a basic, everyday SUV, it does not get much better than a CR-V.


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When it comes to hauling a lot of people and stuff around, the minivan is one of the only things that can beat an SUV in terms of seats and cargo space. We’ve looked at prices, reliability, and features of recent models to find the 8 best used minivans on the market today.


2010 Toyota Rav4

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Average Sale Price: $9095

Class: Compact SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 55

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The other standout stalwart in the compact SUV world is the Toyota Rav4. Much like the CR-V, the RAV-4 offers a huge interior with fantastic cargo capacity and solid gas mileage. The one main difference between the Rav and other compact SUVs is the availability of an extremely stout 4.0L V-6 engine. Reviewers and owners alike agree this makes the Rav4 downright speedy, and sets it apart from other compact SUVs. The only catch is the reduced gas mileage. However, there are plenty of 4 cylinder Rav4s to choose from that fit in this price bubble.

2009 Lexus RX

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Average Sale Price: $9803

Class: Midsize Luxury SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 55

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For anyone looking for a luxurious SUV that shines on-road and is legendarily reliable - look no further than the RX. Lexus basically invented this segment of vehicles, and their expertise shows with the RX. Enjoy an incredibly luxurious interior that easily seats 5 people comfortably and offers the sort of advanced luxury features you expect in a Lexus. The standard V6 engine provides a smooth ride with ample power and decent fuel economy. Combine all this with a JD Power rating of 55 and you have a total winner.


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2009 Saturn Outlook

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Average Sale Price: $5505

Class: Large SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 55

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Although Saturn is no longer a brand, several of their entries into the SUV field were actually quite good. The Outlook is a sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, so it carries on with many of the same positive traits such as the huge interior with room for 7 people, comfortable ride and ample power. Take advantage of the massive depreciation and put one of these 55 rated family truckster into your driveway for around $5k. This is a great deal.

2007 Infiniti FX

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Average Sale Price: $6020

Class: Luxury Midsize SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 3.55

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The Infiniti FX is great for those who want to take their SUV to a sporting level. This is one sharp looking, distinctive SUV. A powerful V-6 engine is standard, while a fire breathing V8 is optional. The interior is a fantastic place to spend time and came standard with everything from leather to a touch screen infotainment system. These are relatively reliable vehicles and have a 3.55 rating. A great, fun to drive SUV with a luxury edge.

2007 GMC Yukon

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Average Sale Price: $8816

Class: Full Size SUV

J.D. Power Reliability Rating: 35

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The GMC Yukon is a full-sized, truck-based SUV that can do everything from haul your boat to the lake to shuttle the kids to soccer practice. A Standard V-8, optional 7 passenger seating and modern, luxurious interior make the Yukon a great pick. 4 wheel drive, high ground clearance, and a beefy, truck-based frame allow you to go far off the beaten path but still give you a fantastic, quiet ride around town. While it may be lower on the reliability scale than some of its smaller competition, few SUVs are as capable as the Yukon. Be wary, this is a large SUV with a big V-8 and it will not have the best gas mileage.

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