As the country heads into another winter season, an SUV can be an attractive choice for versatility and all-weather traction, with plenty of utility for holiday travels. Small SUVs, in particular, can offer a good balance of size, driving dynamics, and even fuel economy, without breaking the bank. If you’re in the market, rather than pay full price for a new SUV, consider saving money buying a good used model.
Expect to pay from $11,000 to over $23,000 for 2006-08 models recommended by Consumer Reports. To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we have identified some of the best used small SUVs deals on the market.
Prices on used cars have been going down since the end-of-the-summer peak and are expected to drop further in the next couple of weeks before rebounding in the New Year. If you’re looking for a new-to-you ride, this may be the perfect time to get a good deal on a used SUV.
Buying a used car has other benefits. Most important is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit, as new cars lose much more value in the first and second years than those that follow. Also, by looking at a recent model, you can find affordable, reliable used SUVs that still have some warranty left, as well as featuring the latest safety equipment (such as curtain air bags and stability control).
When shopping, look for SUVs that scored well in Consumer Reports’ tests when new, have proven reliability, and perform well in government and insurance industry crash tests. Before handing over the cash, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and trusted mechanic to make sure there are no hidden problems.
Below, check out our top deals for recommended small SUVs from the 2006-2008 model years. We ranked the vehicles by the price you might be able to get when buying from the dealer. The models listed below are between 18- and 48-percent less than the retail price when new. Of course, you may do even better when buying from a private seller. In addition, all of the models have at least average reliability according to our latest subscriber survey.
See our complete list of used-car deals across a variety of vehicle categories.
|Make & model ||Mileage ||MSRP when new ||Selling to dealer avg price ||Buying from dealer avg price ||Drop in private sale vs. MSRP ||Drop in retail value vs. MSRP |
|2007 Hyundai Tucson ||66,000 || $23,845 ||$12,760 ||$14,800 ||46% ||38% |
| 2006 Subaru Forester X ||75,000 ||24,945 ||12,910 ||15,050 ||48% ||40% |
|2007 Subaru Forester X ||66,000 ||21,995 ||13,430 ||15,475 ||39% ||30% |
|2008 Mitsubishi Outlander LS ||51,000 ||23,970 ||13,575 ||15,700 ||43% ||35% |
| 2006 Toyota RAV4 Ltd ||75,000 ||25,870 ||13,975 ||16,125 ||46% ||38% |
|2007 Toyota RAV4 |
|66,000 ||24,385 ||14,510 ||16,550 ||40% ||32% |
| 2006 Honda CR-V SE ||75,000 ||25,450 ||14,505 ||16,725 ||43% ||34% |
|2008 Subaru Forester X ||51,000 ||22,495 ||15,685 ||17,825 ||30% ||21% |
| 2007 Honda CR-V EX |
|66,000 ||24,050 ||15,690 ||17,875 ||35% ||26% |
|2008 Nissan Rogue SL ||51,000 ||21,870 ||15,875 ||18,025 ||27% ||18% |
|2008 Acura RDX ||51,000 ||33,195 ||20,950 ||23,700 ||37% ||29% |