Introduction

After gas prices hit $4 per gallon in 2008, sport utility vehicles went on the endangered species list. But while most automakers no longer offer a state of-the-art SUV there are still plenty of solid options available on the used car market. We scoured the AOL Autos database of used vehicles to find the best deals on SUVs priced under $10,000, and we think you'll like what we've found.

2004 Buick Ranier

Price: $9,987
Mileage: 68,688
If You Bought It New: $35,645
Engine: 4.2-liter inline-six, 275 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Ranier is Buick's version of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but it carries higher levels of standard features but with a used car price tag that is similar to its more pedestrian sibling. The Ranier seats five comfortably and also scores well in JD Power’s reliability rankings.

2000 Cadillac Escalade

Price: $9,989
Mileage: 83,837
If You Bought It New: $46,225
Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 255 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: Less than $10,000 for a Cadillac Escalade? Only if it's used, of course, but for a relatively low price buyers will receive a vehicle with tons of space, luxury and towing capability. And a little prestige, too.

2001 Chevy Tahoe

Price: $9,995
Mileage: 90,125
If You Bought It New: $24,941
Engine: 5.3-liter V8, 285 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The Tahoe is big, roomy and its sheet metal doesn't look all that dated even after 10 years on the road. The icing on the cake? A JD Power score of 4 is among the best in class.

2003 Dodge Durango

Price: $9,888
Mileage: 63,937
If You Bought It New: $27,010
Engine: 4.7-liter V8, 235 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The Durango is a bit of a tweener. It's larger than midsize SUV’s like the Ford Explorer yet smaller than large SUV’s like the Toyota Sequoia. There’s something to be said for a vehicle that is roomier than most, yet not so big that it's tough to park.

2000 Ford Expedition

Price: $9,988
Mileage: 33,130
If You Bought It New: $29,845
Engine: 5.4-liter V8, 260 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The Expedition is a capable SUV with still-attractive sheet metal and a strong following of owners. With gobs of room and a comparatively small price tag, the Expedition can be a steal

2006 Jeep Liberty

Price: $9,988
Mileage: 49,994
If You Bought It New: $21,290
Engine: 3.7-liter V6, 210 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: Not everyone wants a big SUV -- some are more interested in off-road capability. There are very few SUVs can hang with the compact Jeep Liberty once the pavement ends.

2003 Land Rover Discovery

Price: $9,995
Mileage: 66,207
If You Bought It New: $34,350
Engine: 4.6-liter V8, 217 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Land Rover Discovery isn't the most reliable vehicle on the road, as evidenced by its poor JD Power score, but if you want a Land Rover and only have a budget of $10,000, this is the SUV to get. Besides, Land Rovers are known to be off-roading beasts, and the Discovery definitely fits that description.

2003 Lincoln Aviator

Price: $9,994
Mileage: 77,670
If You Bought It New: $39,485
Engine: 4.6-liter V8, 302 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: Remember the Lincoln Aviator? It was supposed to be a baby Navigator, but this Ford Explorer clone never really took off in the market. That's bad news for Lincoln but good news for used SUV buyers. The Aviator is attractive, the interior is nice and it has all the space and capability of most SUVs.

2004 Mercury Mountaineer

Price: $9,995
Mileage: 68,373
If You Bought It New: $29,350
Engine: 4.0-liter V6, 210 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: For the better part of the last two decades the Ford Explorer was the king of the SUVs. That means there are millions of these midsize SUVs on the road. The Mountaineer is the Mercury version of the Explorer, so bonus points for not looking the same as everybody else’s.

2002 Nissan Pathfinder

Price: $9,970
Mileage: 93,354
If You Bought It New: $26,649
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 240 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Selling Points: The Nissan Pathfinder is a bit underrated in that doesn't always get credit for its capability, size or attractiveness. And the best news of all? It's JD Power score of 4.5 is tops among this group.

2002 Toyota 4Runner

Price: $9,975
Mileage: 83,000
If You Bought It New: $26,335
Engine: 3.4-liter V6, 183 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The Toyota 4Runner is reliable, it’s great off-road and it's a Toyota, which means resale value is high.