Over the past decade, the Crossover SUV segment has been growing by leaps and bounds. These vehicles are so popular because they combine the comfort of a passenger car with the utility of an SUV. Let's take a look at a handful of good used crossovers that cost around $15,000.
The Mazda CX-7 may be the peppiest crossover on this list. With a small turbocharged 2.3 liter engine and a quick shifting 6-speed automatic; the CX-7 is a real blast to drive. On the outside the Mazda has clean lines and stylish 18-inch wheels.
The Hyundai Veracruz is one of those Crossovers that flew under the radar when it was on the market. This vehicle came packed with a ton of standard features and amenities. The Veracruz is a bit on the large size for a crossover but with that increased space came the addition of a 3rd row of seats.
The Mitsubishi Outlander received a nice exterior update in 2010 making it one of the better looking crossovers on the road. Although not as popular as its competition, the Outlander is a real value on the used market. The All-Wheel-Control system is one of the more advanced AWD drivetrains you will find at this price point.
The CR-V, like most Hondas, is one of the more popular used vehicles out there. If you are looking for one of the best all-around used crossovers then a Honda CR-V might just be the ticket. This compact crossover does everything and does it well. The interior is very user friendly and the engine is just the right mix of performance and fuel economy.
The Escape has long been Ford’s foray into the small crossover segment. This vehicle recently went through a full redesign for the 2013 model year. But it’s the 2nd generation that makes a good choice for a used crossover under $15,000 thanks to its nice styling and small displacement engine which yields pretty good fuel economy figures for the Ford Escape.
Nissan seems to have a car for every segment out there. The Murano is Nissan’s entry into the mid-sized crossover segment. Redesigned from the ground up in 2009, the Nissan Murano sports a refined V-6 engine with 265 horsepower, a stylish interior with tons of features, and a more modern exterior.
The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the more roomy used crossovers under $15,000. This automobile makes for a great road trip car. On the highway the Equinox has a nice ride and quite passenger cabin. The look of the Chevrolet Equinox is similar to the larger Traverse from the same model year which is a good thing.
Want German luxury and craftsmanship without the steep price tag? Well the Volkswagen Tiguan is built on the same platform as the Audi Q3. This means many of the luxury features and amenities have trickled down to the Tiguan. The turbocharged 2.0 liter engine is one of the most popular engines in the world and is a perfect complement to the Tiguan.