The best used (year) mid sized SUVs for the price.
2008-'09 Toyota Rav4, or if you want bigger Toyota Highlander same years. The '08 Highlander can be had for under $12k, w/low miles and AWD, (All Wheel Drive, no driver input) get the V6 and avoid Hybrid. They started with the CVT transmission in both in 2010, avoid that. My opinion.
Are you saying to avoid the Hybrid because of price or because its just not that great?