If you’re looking for the best used compact SUV under 15,000 to 20,000 dollars, this article will cover some of the great highly sought after and searched for small and compact models that GM have to offer.

2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Although 2013 saw a full refresh of the Equinox, the 2014 Chevy Equinox returned with upgraded standard equipment, and as such makes an excellent choice if you’re looking for a great, used compact SUV under $15000!

The 2014 Equinox features some great aesthetics, such as chrome wheels as standard on the LTZ trim. The interior layout is incredibly spacious, and you’ll love the Multiflex sliding rear seat, a feature that gives up to an incredible 39.9 inches of rear legroom.

The 2014 Equinox is available with a 2.4 liter, inline 4 engine, putting out 182 horsepower, or with the more robust 3.6 liter V6, with a potent 301 horsepower. Both engine offerings are solid choices, and neither will leave you feeling disappointed.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox
Offering a smooth and quiet ride, the 2013 Chevy Equinox is a great choice if you’re looking to buy one of the best used SUVs. The 2013 model is offered with either 2 or 4 wheel drive drivetrains, as well as a choice of 2 powertrains; the 182 horsepower 2.4 liter inline 4, or a 3.6 liter V6 with a substantial 301 horsepower. With various trim levels available, you’ll easily find an example to suit your budget and your needs. The Chevy Equinox provides car-like handling, and as such makes for an excellent first foray into the SUV experience.

The 2013 Equinox features a host of excellent safety equipment, standard OnStar facilities for example. Anti lock brakes and 4 wheel discs are also standard equipment, bolstered by Chevrolet’s Stabilitrak electronic stability system. Some excellent optional safety equipment was available during the 2013 model year, such as lane departure alert and forward collision alert.

The 2013 Equinox features great cabin space, with substantial leg room in the front and rear sections. The roomy cargo area measures in at 31.5 cubic feet, providing ample storage for life’s necessities.

2012 GMC Terrain
The 2012 GMC Terrain is a small SUV that was way ahead of its time when launched. You’ll benefit greatly from this if you make the decision to purchase a used example. A standard rear view camera was fitted to every vehicle, and a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment display was also standard equipment, a feature that is only just becoming common on today’s new vehicles. You’ll find two great powertrain offerings, a 2.4 liter inline 4 with 182 horsepower, or a more powerful 3.0 liter V6,with an impressive 264 horsepower. Both engines are strong, reliable performers and will offer many more years of trouble free motoring. No matter which engine option you choose, it will be mated to an excellent 6 speed auto transmission with manual shift control.

The Terrain provides a roomy cabin for both front and rear occupants, cargo space is also abundant, with 32.4 cubic feet trunk capacity, expanding to 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The 2012 GMC Terrain is definitely a strong contender for the title of best used SUV under 15000 dollars!

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2012 Equinox is a must see if you’re looking for the ‘best used small SUV’. Featuring a choice of two great powertrains, the 2012 Equinox has a great blend of value and performance. The engine options come in the form of a 2.4 liter inline four, with 182 horsepower; or a 3.0 liter V6, with an impressive 246 horsepower. Both options provide fuel economy improvements over previous model years, and so either motor makes for a great choice.

Blind spot mirrors were featured as standard equipment on all trims; a big boost for safety in the Equinox.
Available interior equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls, a color touchscreen infotainment display, USB port, and rear back up camera. Amenities that we’re sure you’ll agree are ahead of this vehicle’s time!

2009 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox was a unique car for the era in which it was built. Designed as a crossover for those who weren’t fans of the typical crossover styling, the 2009 Chevy Equinox leans towards a more traditional SUV design.

The 2009 model is available with front, and all wheel drive, so if an urban commute is your daily drive, perhaps consider the increased fuel economy of the two wheel drive version. If mountain roads and poor weather are your idea of fun, the four wheel drive option is your best bet for excellent traction.

The 2009 Equinox is available in 2 engine configurations; a 3.4 liter V6, with 185 horsepower at its disposal, or the more powerful 3.6 liter engine, with an impressive 264 horsepower. The 3.6 liter motor is found only in the Sport trim, with the 3.4 liter fitted as standard equipment across all other trims.

Safety was given high priority for the 2009 model year, with curtain airbags featured as standard equipment, as well as stability control and antilock brakes. Interior amenities feature such tech as Sirius XM satellite radio, and more advanced features such as Bluetooth connectivity were available as optional extras. As it is the oldest of the models discussed here, you’ll likely find the best deals on a 2009 model, making it a strong contender in the hunt for the ‘best used small SUV‘.

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