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7 Best Used SUVs for Small Families

01-nissan-murano-2016-angle--exterior--front--red.jpg 2016 Nissan Murano | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’re probably well aware how much prices have swelled in recent years. It’s enough to send some shoppers to the used-car market to get a better deal.

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If you’re in this camp and wondering where to start your used-car search, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our take below on seven compact and mid-size SUVs that are a good fit for small families. Listed in alphabetical order, each SUV took top honors in one of Cars.com’s past multicar comparison tests. To ensure there’s an SUV for every budget, we’ve highlighted SUVs from the 2012 to 2018 model years.

As with all used cars, vehicle mileage and condition can vary greatly between otherwise similar models, so be sure to do your homework once you’ve found an SUV you like.

2017 Ford Escape

ford-escape-2017-01-angle-dynamic-exterior-front-rear-white.jpg 2017 Ford Escape | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

Ford’s long-running Escape compact SUV got a makeover for the 2017 model year with updated exterior styling and new engine options. Editors praised the Escape’s available Sync 3 multimedia system for its ease of use and smartphone connectivity, and they also appreciated the SUV’s smooth power delivery, impressive driving dynamics and refined ride. In addition, the Escape also has a lot of front storage space that’s good for keeping smaller items organized. Our test vehicle was a front-wheel-drive SE trim level with the available 179-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

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Used
2017 Ford Escape Titanium
95,785 mi.
$20,000
Good Deal
Home Delivery
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Used
2017 Ford Escape SE
30,770 mi.
$19,999
Good Deal

2012 Honda CR-V

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Honda redesigned the CR-V for the 2012 model year, and the compact SUV impressed our editors with easy-to-use tech features, smart storage solutions including a huge center console box, and a comfortable ride. Cabin ergonomics were another highlight, and the CR-V was well-equipped with features including a backup camera and power moonroof. Our tester was a front-wheel-drive EX model with a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic.

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Used
2012 Honda CR-V EX-L
64,729 mi.
$18,990
Great Deal | $1,807 under
Home Delivery
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Used
2012 Honda CR-V EX
77,284 mi.
$16,716
Good Deal
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2015 Honda CR-V

01-honda-cr-v-2015-exterior--profile--silver--urban.jpg 2015 Honda CR-V | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Honda updated the CR-V for the 2015 model year, and the compact SUV again took home a win in our comparison test. Changes included new front and rear styling and a more efficient drivetrain featuring a continuously variable automatic transmission and a direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Our editors liked the CVT’s behavior, and they were also impressed with the SUV’s spacious interior and versatility, particularly its elegant backseat-folding operation. Our test model was an all-wheel-drive EX trim level.

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Used
2015 Honda CR-V EX
46,672 mi.
$20,617
Good Deal
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Used
2015 Honda CR-V EX
98,976 mi.
$18,891
Good Deal
Home Delivery

2016 Nissan Murano

01-nissan-murano-2016-angle--blue--exterior--front--snow.jpg 2016 Nissan Murano | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

The Murano has carved out a niche in the mid-size SUV class with distinctive design and an upscale interior, but those aren’t the only reasons for its appeal. For one, it’s quick: The 2016 Murano is powered by a standard 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives a continuously variable automatic transmission, and editors liked the combination for its easy highway merging and passing. Seating comfort also impressed, as did the Murano’s optional convenience features like power-operated rear seats and a 360-degree camera system. Our tester was a high-end Platinum trim level with all-wheel drive.

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Used
2016 Nissan Murano SL
51,211 mi.
$23,688
Fair Deal
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Used
2016 Nissan Murano S
43,395 mi.
$24,529
Fair Deal
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

01-subaru-xv-crosstrek-2015-angle--dynamic--exterior--front--red--trees.jpg 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Subaru applied its successful Outback formula to its Impreza hatchback to create the XV Crosstrek, a rugged-looking, higher-riding vehicle that beat out six other subcompact SUVs in our testing thanks to a winning combination of value, passenger and cargo space, visibility and ride comfort. A sluggish drivetrain was the XV Crosstrek’s main downside, so pay special attention to that on a test drive. Our test vehicle was a 2.0i Premium trim with all-wheel drive, a 148-hp, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Used
2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i
79,156 mi.
$14,995
Fair Deal
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Used
2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium
59,837 mi.
$20,995
Good Deal
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2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek kept its crown as subcompact SUV champ when we compared the class again. We tested a 2.0i Premium trim level with a 152-hp, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic, and editors applauded its excellent visibility, interior quality, and a roomy backseat that’s comfortable for adults and big enough for child-safety seats. They also liked the Crosstrek’s ride and handling balance. Helping the Crosstrek’s case was its optional EyeSight system with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, among other active safety features.

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Used
2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
17,675 mi.
$27,841
Good Deal
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Used
2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
36,543 mi.
$26,800
Good Deal | $459 under
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2018 Volvo XC60

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If your used-SUV budget is a little larger, you may want to consider the Volvo XC60 compact luxury SUV. Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the XC60 delivers a luxurious interior, advanced active safety features and a high-tech multimedia system. It also excels on a practical level with good visibility and a spacious backseat. Volvo has been known more for safety than luxury, but the XC60 and other recent models from the Swedish brand have firmly established it in the luxury class. We tested an all-wheel-drive T5 Momentum trim with a 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Volvo Certified
2018 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
31,799 mi.
$36,991 $560 price drop
Good Deal
CPO Warrantied
Home Delivery
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Volvo Certified
2018 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
30,979 mi.
$38,198
Good Deal
CPO Warrantied
Home Delivery
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