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Best fall deals on used small SUVs

Best fall deals on used small SUVs

As we move closer to the winter months, a small SUV is an ideal vehicle for added traction in hazardous conditions, some with room for family travel and decent fuel economy. And buying used allows you to reap these benefits for less money than buying new. To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we have identified some of the best used deals on small SUVs on the market.

Buying a used car has benefits. Most importantly, 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, most models produced over the last few years will likely have the latest safety equipment (such as curtain air bags and stability control) and are still affordable.

When shopping, look for SUVs that scored well in Consumer Reports’ tests, 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.

Check out our top deals for recommended used SUVs from the 2007-2009 model years. We placed the vehicles in order of the cheapest price you might be able to get when buying from the dealer. The models listed below are between 19- and 49-percent less than the retail price when the vehicle was new. Plus, all of the models have at least average reliability, according to our latest subscriber survey.

& model
Buying from dealer avg price MSRP (new) Drop in retail value vs. MSRP Used-car pricing
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander $10,875 $21,370 49% View detailed pricing
2007 Kia Sportage $11,150 $18,895 41% View detailed pricing
2007 Hyundai Tucson $11,450 $18,995 40% View detailed pricing
2007 Honda CR-V $14,200 $20,600 31% View detailed pricing
2008 Nissan Rogue $14,375 $19,250 26% View detailed pricing
2009 Kia Sportage $14,550 $19,695 26% View detailed pricing
2008 Hyundai Tucson $14,750 $21,270 31% View detailed pricing
2008 Honda CR-V $15,700 $20,700 24% View detailed pricing
2007 Toyota RAV4 $16,250 $24,440 34% View detailed pricing
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander $16,375 $23,650 31% View detailed pricing
2008 Subaru Forester $16,900 $21,995 23% View detailed pricing
2008 Toyota RAV4 $17,025 $23,285 27% View detailed pricing
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander $18,275 $25,380 28% View detailed pricing
2007 Subaru Forester XT $19,650 $28,695 32% View detailed pricing
2009 Hyundai Tucson $19,875 $25,620 22% View detailed pricing
2009 Toyota RAV4 $21,475 $26,530 19% View detailed pricing
2008 Acura RDX $26,000 $36,695 29% View detailed pricing
2009 Acura RDX $26,775 $33,895 21% View detailed pricing

Full used car pricing information is available to Cars Best Deals Plus subscribers on the model overview pages. Consumer Reports also offers individual Used Car Price Reports on vehicles from the 2002 – 2011 model years. Pricing information can be adjusted for vehicle condition, mileage and optional equipment. For advice on buying a used car, see our guide and video.

See our complete list of used-car deals across a variety of vehicle categories.

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