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What is the best small-medium SUV to buy used for under $15k

Asked by Liz

What is the best small-medium SUV to buy used for under $15k

I previously had a 1998 RAV4 which I loved driving but it was very thirsty. I don't really need 4WD anymore (city dweller) but would like something of similar size, but more economical and ideally not too expensive to service. What's your best bet, ideally around the $10-12k mark?

Answered by CarsGuide

24 Mar 2021 David Morley

If you liked the RAV4, then a newer, more modern RAV 4 should be on your shopping list. Your budget gets you into a RAV 4 from, say 2012 or 2013, and these were, in fact, available in two-wheel-drive (since you no longer need all-wheel-drive).

The march of technology means that the RAV 4 used less fuel with every generation, so it’s worth comparing your car’s fuel economy with the later version. While early versions of the RAV 4 (like the own you once owned) would have trouble beating 10 litres per 100km, the more modern RAV 4 from 2013 will easily consume less than eight litres per 100km over the same distance. If you drive carefully, that difference could be even greater. Don’t confuse the continuation of a badge with the stagnation of technology.

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