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The Best Used Compact SUV Deals

This week, Consumer Reports released a list of the best used compact SUVs you should consider buying right now.

These are all SUVs from the 2007-2009 model years that scored well in CR road tests, have good reliability ratings, and perform well in crash tests.

The models have depreciated up to 49% from the original MSRP, saving you a considerable amount. Check out the list below:

Vehicle Avg Dealer Price MSRP (new) Depreciation
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander $10,875 $21,370 49%
2007 Kia Sportage $11,150 $18,895 41%
2007 Hyundai Tucson $11,450 $18,995 40%
2007 Honda CR-V $14,200 $20,600 31%
2008 Nissan Rogue $14,375 $19,250 26%
2009 Kia Sportage $14,550 $19,695 26%
2008 Hyundai Tucson $14,750 $21,270 31%
2008 Honda CR-V $15,700 $20,700 24%
2007 Toyota RAV4 $16,250 $24,440 34%
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander $16,375 $23,650 31%
2008 Subaru Forester $16,900 $21,995 23%
2008 Toyota RAV4 $17,025 $23,285 27%
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander $18,275 $25,380 28%
2007 Subaru Forester XT $19,650 $28,695 32%
2009 Hyundai Tucson $19,875 $25,620 22%
2009 Toyota RAV4 $21,475 $26,530 19%
2008 Acura RDX $26,000 $36,695 29%
2009 Acura RDX $26,775 $33,895 21%

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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