Best Used SUVs Under $10,000

By Julie Blackley

What Are the Most Reliable Used SUVs for 10k or Less?

Are you interested in buying a used SUV, but aren’t sure if you can find a reliable model at a cost you can afford? You may be surprised to learn you can purchase a dependable used SUV at an affordable price. In fact, there are a number of reliable SUVs that can be bought for $10,000 or less.

So what are the best high-quality SUVs among the countless options available? We’ve done the legwork for you and put together a list of the best used SUVs for sale under $10,000. If you have a slightly higher budget, be sure to check out our guide of the Best Used SUVs under $15,000. 

Best Used SUVs Under $10,000

The used SUVs making this list are between nine and thirteen-years-old, demonstrate long-term reliability by ranking highly on iSeeCars analysis of the longest-lasting cars most likely to reach 200,000 miles, have an average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and have above-average resale value.  
Best Used SUVs Under $10,000
Rank Vehicle Average Used Car Price
1 2010 Acura MDX $9,876
2 2010 Ford Expedition $9,009
3 2010 Toyota Highlander $9,976
4 2009 Dodge Durango $6,871
5 2010 Honda Pilot $9,434
6 2008 Chevrolet Suburban $9,855
7 2010 Honda CR-V $8,830
8 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe $9,872
9 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe $9,263
 

The SUVs on the list include a compact SUV, multiple midsize SUVs, and full-size SUVs, proving there is a reliable and affordable crossover or SUV across all sizes. 

#1 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX earns the top spot on our best used SUV list, and is the only luxury vehicle to make the list. The three-row crossover has a luxurious interior and a list of standard features including leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and power-adjustable front seats. It also boasts excellent safety ratings and is fun to drive. A used 2010 Acura MDX for sale costs an average of $9,876. 

#2 Ford Expedition

Ranked second as the best used SUV for under $10,000 is the 2010 Ford Expedition full-size SUV, which provides seating for up to eight passengers. It has a powerful V8 engine and comes standard with cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. A third row of seating is available on higher trim levels as well as an infotainment system, parking sensors, and satellite radio. Models with a third row of seating allow the rear seats to fold easily to expand its cargo space.  

#3 Toyota Highlander

The  Toyota Highlander ranks third and offers three rows of seating with a third row that provides more space than average for the class. Backed by Toyota’s reputation for longevity and dependability, It also has perfect safety scores, below average ownership cost for the segment, and excellent fuel economy. A 2010 Toyota Highlander for sale comes just under the $10,000 mark and costs an average of $9,976.  

#4 Dodge Durango

Classified as a midsize SUV, the American-made Dodge Durango ranks fourth and offers substantial interior volume. The midsize Durango provides two or three rows of comfortable seating with abundant cargo space. It also functions as a heavy hauler. The Durango has two powertrain options: a V6 engine or a 376-horsepower V8 for those who desire a more brawny family hauler. The Durango skipped the 2010 model year, A 2009 used Dodge Durango can be found for an average price of $6,871

#5 Honda Pilot

Ranked fifth is the 2010 Honda Pilot midsize SUV, which is a spacious three-row crossover SUV that has the reputation as the SUV most closely resembling a  minivan. It has a fully-functional third row that can accommodate adults and is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive (AWD). It features automatic stability control along with front side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags for all three rows. A 2010 used Honda Pilot for sale costs an average of $9,434.

#6 Chevrolet Suburban

The full-size Chevrolet Suburban ranks sixth. The spacious three-row hauler is a staple in the SUV world and is ideal for drivers who require abundant seating and cargo room. Standard features include a USB connection and bluetooth connectivity, while higher trim levels offer a rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row seats. It was redesigned in 2007 to include updated interior and exterior styling. A 2008 Chevrolet Suburban for sale costs an average of $17,996.

#7 Honda CR-V

A second Honda SUV, the 2010 Honda CR-V compact SUV, also makes the list for those who want a safe, reliable SUV but don’t require a full-size hauler. The CR-V compact crossover offers spacious seating and leading cargo room for the segment, as well as an efficient four-cylinder engine that provides excellent gas mileage for its class, with 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive model. The AWD CR-V has only a 1 mpg drop on its highway mileage and keeps the same city fuel economy.  A 2010 Honda CR-V for sale can be found for $8,830.  

#8 Chevrolet Tahoe

The full-size Chevrolet Tahoe ranks eighth. The Tahoe has a powerful V8 engine that has above-average fuel economy estimates for its class. It has an upscale cabin and is easy to maneuver for its large size. It can also tow up to 8,500 pounds and an off-road package is available on its LT trim. The average price of a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe for sale is $9,872. The Tahoe’s corporate sibling, the slightly more upscale GMC Yukon, narrowly misses the list with average pricing for the 2008 version being just above the $10,000 mark. 

#9 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe for the 2012 model year ranks ninth, and is the most modern vehicle on the list. It is ranked among the best-rated midsize SUVs in its class, and can be found in both two- and three-row configurations. It’s backed by Hyundai’s leading 10-year powertrain warranty that’s also offered on Kia vehicles. It has a refined cabin and boasts many tech features like proximity key entry and a push-button start. A used Hyundai Santa Fe from 2015 costs an average of $16,725.

Honorable Mentions

While the SUVs on the list score the highest on iSeeCars rankings, there are a few high-quality compact used SUVs that can also be found under $10,000. These include the Subaru Forester, the Kia Sportage, and the Toyota RAV4.

Bottom Line

When it comes to buying the best used SUV under $10,000, look for a reliable used SUV that will save you a great deal of money compared to buying a brand new model. The SUVs on this list combine practicality and reliability, proving you don’t have to break the bank for a dependable vehicle. When buying a used car from a dealership or private seller, be sure to always get a vehicle history report, take it for a test drive, and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic. Be sure to refer to the iSeeCars VIN Check report, which will arm you with all the information you need to help you make a smart car-buying decision.

If you’re interested in a new car or a used car, be sure to check out iSeeCars’ award-winning car search engine. It uses advanced algorithms to help shoppers find the best car deals across all used SUVs from subcompact to full-size and provides key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars VIN check report. Filter by make, model, price, and special features to find the best deal on your next vehicle.