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Best Used SUVs Under $15k for 2024

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

The best used subcompact SUV under $15k is the 2016 Jeep Compass (8.0 quality rating), with the 2016 Buick Encore being the best used luxury subcompact SUV under $15k (8.3 quality rating). The 2014 Subaru Forester ranks #1 for the best used small and compact SUVs under $15k (9.0 quality rating).

The best used luxury small and compact SUV under $15k is the 2014 BMW X3 (8.6 quality rating) and the best used midsize SUV under $15k is the 2015 Mazda CX-9 (8.8 quality rating). Topping the list for the best used luxury midsize SUVs under $15k is the 2014 INFINITI QX60 (8.1 quality rating), while the 2014 Volvo XC90 ranks first for the best used luxury large SUVs under $15k (8.5 quality rating).

The best used crossover SUV under $15k is the 2014 Subaru Forester (9.0 quality rating), with the 2014 BMW X3 being the best used luxury crossover SUV under $15k (8.6 quality rating). The 2015 Mazda CX-9 ranks #1 for the best used three-row SUVs under $15k (8.8 quality rating).

The best used luxury three-row SUV under $15k is the 2014 Volvo XC90 (8.5 quality rating) and the best used 7-seater SUV under $15k is the 2015 Mazda CX-9 (8.8 quality rating). Topping the list for the best used luxury 7-seater SUVs under $15k is the 2014 Volvo XC90 (8.5 quality rating), while the 2014 Subaru Forester ranks first for the best used 5-seater SUVs under $15k (9.0 quality rating).

The best used 6-seater SUV under $15k is the 2015 Mazda CX-9 (8.8 quality rating) and the best used 8-seater SUV under $15k is the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder (8.6 quality rating). Topping the list for the best used luxury 5-seater SUVs under $15k is the 2014 BMW X3 (8.6 quality rating), while the 2014 Volvo XC90 ranks first for the best used luxury 6-seater SUVs under $15k (8.5 quality rating).

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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).

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