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Best Used Small SUVs Under $15k for 2023

The best used small and compact SUVs under $15k based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

The best used small and compact SUV under $15,000 is the 2014 Subaru Outback based on our analysis of 12 million vehicles to assess their reliability, resale value and safety. The 2014 Subaru Outback has an average price of $14,111 with an overall iSeeCars score of 8.9. Behind the Outback is the 2014 Subaru Forester with average used car price of $13,960 and iSeeCars score of 8.6. The number 3 best used small and compact SUV under $15,000 is the 2015 Hyundai TUCSON at $13,721 average price and 8.5 iSeeCars rating. For this analysis, iSeeCars looked at used small and compact SUVs under $15k that are 1 to 10 years old to determine the latest model year vehicles that are within the price range of $10,000 to $15,000.

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The best used small and compact SUV under $15,000 is the 2014 Subaru Outback based on our analysis of 12 million vehicles to assess their reliability, resale value and safety. The 2014 Subaru Outback has an average price of $14,111 with an overall iSeeCars score of 8.9. Behind the Outback is the 2014 Subaru Forester with average used car price of $13,960 and iSeeCars score of 8.6. The number 3 best used small and compact SUV under $15,000 is the 2015 Hyundai TUCSON at $13,721 average price and 8.5 iSeeCars rating. For this analysis, iSeeCars looked at used small and compact SUVs under $15k that are 1 to 10 years old to determine the latest model year vehicles that are within the price range of $10,000 to $15,000.

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iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.9 / 10
  • Reliability 8.8 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 8.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.1 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.5 / 10
  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.8 / 10
  • Safety 9.6 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.3 / 10
  • Reliability 8.3 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.5 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.3 / 10
  • Reliability 7.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.2 / 10
  • Reliability 7.5 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.2 / 10
  • Reliability 7.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.2 / 10
  • Reliability 7.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety 9.4 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.1 / 10
  • Reliability 7.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.5 / 10
  • Safety 9.8 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.1 / 10
  • Reliability 7.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.8 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
7.9 / 10
  • Reliability 7.8 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety 8.2 / 10

How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Used Cars Under $15k Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).