You say you need the cargo versatility and flexibility of a sport/utility vehicle, but don’t have a lot of money to spend? There’s an easy solution for that. Simply expand your search to include well-maintained used SUVs, and you’ll find tons of great buys.
Listed in alphabetical order on the pages that follow are our picks for the 10 best used SUVs for under $15,000. They’re all less than 10 years old and easy to find beneath the price cap with fewer than 50,000 miles on the odometer. We chose vehicles that have a great reputation for reliability and good safety scores, and because they’re utility vehicles, nearly all can be found equipped with all-wheel drive. No, you won’t find any luxury suvs on this list, or large models with V8 engines that are good for towing. That’s because you’d have to pay more than $15,000 for those, or you’d have to settle for older models with higher miles on the clock that are likely to be less reliable. What you will find on this list are useful conveyances that won’t drain your bank account and will likely serve you well for years to come.