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Versatile and practical on a budget.

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SUVs are popular for many good—make that great—reasons! For starters, they're roomy for passengers and their things, with ample cargo room. And they offer drivers a commanding view of the road. On top of that, many are stylish and sporty vehicles that don't compromise when it comes to fun, whether fun is on-road or off. No matter what you're looking for, chances are you can find it in an SUV.

To help you on that search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best used SUVs under $15,000 for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales and average price data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.1 Be aware that some trim levels and select model years may increase the price of the vehicles on our list to more than $15,000.

  1. Subaru Tribeca
  2. Hyundai Veracruz
  3. Infiniti EX 35
  4. Mazda CX-7
  5. Chevrolet Captiva Sport
  6. Jeep Liberty
  7. Nissan Rogue Select
  8. Nissan Juke
  9. Chevrolet Trax
  10. Jeep Patriot


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Subaru Tribeca

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Subaru Tribeca | CarMax

Want a Subaru but need to go big? Take a look at the three-row Tribeca. Sold in North America in model years 2006–2014, it was originally named the B9 Tribeca. With 74.4 cu-ft of cargo room behind the front seats, the 2014 Tribeca offered plenty of room with all the rugged individuality that you'll no doubt expect from Subaru and its rally heritage. For its last model year (2014), the Tribeca is powered by a 258 hp V6 engine. Standard features for the 2014 model year include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth®

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Hyundai Veracruz

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Hyundai Veracruz | CarMax

Roomy and built for convenience, the Hyundai Veracruz is ninth on our list, even though Hyundai stopped production of the three-row Veracruz utility after the 2012 model year. Conservative and handsome in terms of styling and performance, the Veracruz has a roomy 86.8 cu-ft of cargo room behind the front seats. In the 2012 model year, the Veracruz is powered by a 3.8L V6 engine making 260 hp. Standard equipment for the 2012 model year includes:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • USB capability
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Power driver seat

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Infiniti EX 35

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Infiniti EX35 | CarMax

Want a little luxury in your SUV? With its undeniable style, SUV dimensions, and sporty demeanor, the Infiniti EX35 does a great job of blending practicality with a distinct luxury appeal. For example, this sporty interior offers 47.4 cu-ft of cargo volume. Manufactured for the 2008–2012 model years, the EX35 is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine producing 297-hp. For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti EX35 was rebadged as the EX37 and got a new 3.7L V6 making 325-hp. Standard equipment for the 2012 Infiniti EX35 model year includes:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition/entry
  • Seven-inch infotainment display>

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Mazda CX 7

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Mazda CX-7 | CarMax

As with most things Mazda, the CX-7 is fun to drive, capable, and beautifully styled. Produced for model years 2007–2012, the Mazda CX-7 fulfills the "fun to drive" flair of Mazda with utility-like levels of convenience. In fact, Mazda's first midsize SUV offers 58.6 cu-ft of cargo room. The base trim for the 2012 model year is powered by 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 161-hp. Standard features for 2012 include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Four-speaker sound system

06

Chevrolet Captiva Sport

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Chevrolet Captiva Sport | CarMax

Powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 182-hp, our sixth-place vehicle is the Chevrolet Captiva Sport. This is a solid buy with plenty of room, including 56.4 cu-ft of cargo room. There is also and an array of standard features meant to make the driving experience easier and more enjoyable. They include, for the 2015 model year:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Cloth upholstery

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Jeep Liberty

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The refreshing Jeep Liberty made it to fifth place on our list, thanks to the rugged and exciting style Jeep is so well known for. Sold in the U.S. until model year 2012, that version featured a 210-hp V6 engine and 62.4 cu-ft of cargo room. The 2012 model also has standard features such as:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry

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Nissan Rogue Select

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Coming in at fourth place is the Nissan Rogue Select—and for good reason! It's a fantastic crossover if you're looking for the best of both worlds between style and practicality. In fact, the Rogue Select was sold as an additional base trim, alongside the redesigned Rogue in 2014 and 2015. For the 2015 model year, the base Rogue Select S is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp. As for convenience, the 2015 Rogue Select packs up nicely with 57.9 cu-ft of cargo space. The 2014-2015 models come standard with the following:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

03

Nissan Juke

Best Used SUVs Under $15,000: Nissan Juke | CarMax

The fun-loving and avant-garde Nissan Juke makes a statement on the road with its unconventional angles. The Juke's final model year (2017) featured a delightful 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 188 hp. Of course, the Juke wasn't just about fun; it also offered the functionality of 35.9 cu-ft of cargo room behind the front seats. Also available in 2017 is the Black Pearl Edition, with black paint and white sideview mirrors. Standard equipment for the 2017 model year includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyless ignition

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Chevrolet Trax

Best Used SUVs Under $15,000: Nissan Trax | CarMax

The Chevrolet Trax is our number two SUV and was last updated for the 2017 model year. It features a nimble and zippy size with a sporty demeanor that's ready for adventure! From the 2017–2019 model years, the Trax has been a spunky little utility powered by a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine making 138-hp. But just because it's small doesn't mean it's not practical, as proven by 48.4 cu-ft of cargo room behind the front seats. For model year 2017, standard features include:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • OnStar® functionality, which, when activated, includes features like roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assist, and an available Wi-Fi hotspot2

The 2019 model adds as standard a rearview camera, as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.


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Jeep Patriot

Best Used Suvs Under 15k Ranked:Jeep Patriot Sport | CarMax

Coming in at number one on this list is the Jeep Patriot—a practical utility vehicle that boasts the Jeep legacy of off-road adventuring, as well as rugged good looks. For the 2017 (and final) model year, the base engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder making 158 hp. Inside, five passengers fit nicely inside a cabin that also includes 53.5 cu-ft of cargo room. Standard features for the 2017 model year include:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Bluetooth
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Air conditioning

These are ten versatile and stylish examples of used SUVs under $15,000 for 2020 shoppers. No matter what kind of SUV you're shopping for, there's sure to be one that meets your needs.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com from based on CarMax sales and average price data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information.
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