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On a budget but still need an SUV for everyday life? Check out some of the best used SUVs under $15,000 that will get you from point A to point B without any hassle. Depending on how big your family is that you regularly transport, one of these sport utility vehicles from Nissan, Subaru, and Saturn should work.

Don’t overlook the 2010 Subaru Forester with standard all-wheel drive

U.S. News says people love the 2010 Subaru Forester, and it is clear why. The Forester isn’t the most refined vehicle on the planet, but it is practical and comfortable. All-wheel drive is standard, and the cargo area is big enough for most situations. Buyers will get between 19 and 20 mpg in the city and 24 to 27 mpg on the highway. Another option is the base engine or the turbo engine, which offers 170 or 224 hp.

Some of the accolades amassed by the 2010 Subaru Forester include best used SUVs under $15,000, most affordable compact SUVs, and best used compact SUVs. The IIHS gave the 2010 Subaru Forester high scores and the Top Safety Pick award for the year.

Average Price Paid: $7,113 – $10,817

Nissan’s 2010 Murano is another option for the best used SUVs under $15,000

While the 2010 Nissan Murano only has room for five, it has an attractive and high-quality interior to offer those five passengers. Experts report that the Murano was pretty sporty and futuristic but also had good enough fuel economy to make it an everyday vehicle. Included on the upper-level trims are a Bose stereo system, a power liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and heated front and rear seats

The IIHS gave the 2010 Nissan Murano good scores on its tests, like the moderate overlap front, side impact, and rear crash protection. It has some creature comforts like a push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Average Price Paid: $8,109 – $9,902

The 2009 Saturn Outlook is one of the best used SUVs under $15,000

The best used SUVs under $15,000 include this Saturn Outlook
A Saturn Outlook SUV | Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. News calls the 2009 Saturn Outlook a “family-friendly vehicle” with high safety scores and good fuel economy. It rides well and even has room for eight people. In the back, the Outlook has plenty of space for cargo or whatever you might bring along. For those who need a little extra space, the Outlook is a good option.

Buyers could opt for front-wheel drive (16 mpg city, 23 mpg on the highway) or all-wheel drive (17 mpg city, 24 mpg on the highway). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2009 Saturn Outlook good scores on its crashworthiness tests.

Average Price Paid: $5,691 – $6,466

While this list isn’t long, it should give you a good place to get started. The best used SUVs under $15,000 come from brands you trust, like Nissan, Subaru, and even Saturn. If you are looking for an affordable sport utility vehicle that has room for five passengers or more, these choices check all of those boxes.


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