If you need an SUV and don’t want to pay $30,000-plus, you can find a great deal on some best used SUVs under $15,000. Of course, you have to do your due diligence and have the prospective vehicle thoroughly inspected by a mechanic, and it always pays to obtain a vehicle history. But finding the best used SUVs under $15,000 – where do you start?

How about taking a look at some of the following SUVs? All of them appear in Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles Under $20,000.” Some also make the grade in other listings, including Kiplinger, MSN Autos, and so on. We’ve included comments from auto experts like Edmunds, Consumer Guide, and so on, and list Edmunds True Market Value (TMV) pricing for each model and year listed.

Here, then, are our four top picks for Best Used SUVs Under $15,000:

  • 2004 Acura MDXIn the luxury midsize SUV class, the 2004 Acura MDX, which shares basic design with the Honda Pilot, offers 3-row seating, second and third rows that fold flat to the floor, numerous standard convenience and safety features. Consumer Guide said of the then-new 2004 Acura MDX: “A highly desirable blend of competence and convenience keeps improving. Its ride can be truck-lumpy at times, but MDX shines for overall refinement, generous standard equipment, and competitive pricing. No wonder it’s such a sought-after Best Buy – and seldom discounted.” Edmunds TMV for the 2004 Acura MDX is $14,208 for base and $15,407 for Touring (other trims are higher).
  • 2005 Honda CR-VWith the Honda reputation for quality, the 2005 CR-V compact SUV offers consumers a lot in the way of comfort, room, and style. This second-generation (2002-2006) small SUV provided increased power, more interior room, and improved passenger protection over the original CR-V. Consumer Guide named it a Best Buy, commenting: “Efficient and well-built, CR-V also appeals for relative comfort, refinement, and spaciousness. Some small SUVs offer more muscle, but none beats this Honda for thoughtful design, proven reliability, and resale value.” Edmunds TMV for the 2005 model year ranges from $11,159 (LX FWD) to $13,885 (Special Edition AWD).
  • 2006 Subaru ForesterThe compact 5-passenger 2006 Subaru Forester features standard all-wheel drive, a comfortable cabin, ample cargo space and abundant available equipment. For 2006, its improvements included more interior room, stiffer body structure, revised chassis, and more featured standard content. AOL Autos says the 2006 Forester offers “a superb all-wheel drive system with a modicum of off-road capability. Yet it also offers fuel mileage and ride comfort that’s more like a car.” Edmunds TMV for the 2006 Forester ranges from $11,746 to $14,744.
  • 2007 Mitsubishi OutlanderEdmunds says the second-generation (2007) Mitsubishi Outlander “is a competitive small SUV. It has the available all-wheel drive system, high driving position and versatile cargo space consumers have come to expect in this segment, and sets itself apart with distinctive styling, advanced technology and a lively personality. Edmunds TMV for the 2007 model ranges from $12,829 to $15,502.

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