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A complete guide to find what you need.

Best Used Cars Ranking | CarMax

Looking for a used car, truck, or SUV in 2021? We've got some recommendations—145 of them, in fact. Read on to discover some great used car options, ranked by vehicle price and type.

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Under $10,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $10K | CarMax

If you're on a budget and need a new daily driver, there's plenty of choice available. Here are the five best-selling cars with an average price under $10,000, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations could bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Smart Fortwo
  2. Mazda Mazda2
  3. Scion XD
  4. Chevrolet Cobalt
  5. Dodge Caliber

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Under $15,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $15K | CarMax

For this price point, you're bound to find a car with features that fit your lifestyle. You've got lots of choices here, but to get you started, here's a list of the five best used cars with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations could bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Hyundai Sonata
  5. Ford Fusion

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Under $30,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $30K | CarMax

For this price point, you're bound to find a car with features that fit your lifestyle. You've got lots of choices here, but to get you started, here's a list of the five best used cars with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations could bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Nissan Altima
  4. Honda Civic
  5. Honda Accord

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AWD Cars

Best Cars: AWD Cars | CarMax

Want to go off-road or just want added confidence in poor weather? Take a look at this list of cars that offer AWD (both standard and optional), based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, to start your search.

  1. Subaru Outback
  2. Subaru Impreza
  3. Ford Fusion
  4. Subaru Legacy
  5. Subaru Crosstrek

To read more about these five vehicles, check out our 10 Best AWD Cars article.


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AWD SUVs

Best Cars: AWD SUVs | CarMax

If you like a high-up driving position and available AWD, one of these SUVs could be right for you. Take a look at this list of SUVs that offer AWD, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  3. Ford Explorer
  4. Subaru Forester
  5. Jeep Compass

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Car-Seat Friendly

Best Cars: Car Seat Friends Cars | CarMax

Got little ones to transport? Check out these five car-seat friendly best used cars. This list is based on CarMax sales data in September 2017 and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of 2016 vehicles with “acceptable" LATCH system ratings. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

  1. 2016 Honda Civic
  2. 2016 Toyota Camry
  3. 2016 Hyundai Elantra
  4. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
  5. 2016 Honda Accord

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For Teens

Best Cars: Best Cars for Teens | CarMax

Know a first-time driver looking for a first-time car? These five cars are great choices! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety identified a best-choices list of “recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $20,000." From that list, we identified the five best-selling vehicles at CarMax in November 2017 with average prices less than $20,000.1 Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

  1. 2014 Nissan Altima
  2. 2014 Toyota Camry
  3. 2015 Nissan Altima
  4. 2014 Ford Fusion
  5. 2014 Honda Accord

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Manual Transmission

Best Cars: Manual Transmission | CarMax

There's just something about the raw driving experience a manual transmission car gives you. Whether you want to shift up and down through the gears on country lanes, or you just want to be fully in charge of your vehicle, you'll be able to find something in this list of cars that offer manual transmission, based on CarMax sales data from September 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020.

  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Jeep Wrangler
  4. Chevrolet Camaro
  5. Subaru WRX

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Compact SUVs

Best Cars: Compact SUVs | CarMax
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A small SUV makes a great choice if you're commuting from the countryside into the city. Here's our list of the best-selling compact SUVs, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.2

  1. Mazda CX-5
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Acura RDX
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Hyundai Tucson

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Crossover SUVs

Best Cars: Crossover SUVs | CarMax

Get the best of both worlds with a crossover. You get the small footprint of a car, with the ride height and rugged good looks of an SUV. Take a look at this list of the best crossover SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Kia Soul
  2. Acura RDX
  3. Toyota RAV4
  4. Hyundai Tucson
  5. Nissan Rogue

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Electric Cars

Best Cars: Electric Cars | CarMax

Need something that fits your eco-conscious lifestyle? Here are our five best-selling electric cars, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, to give you some inspiration.

  1. Nissan Leaf
  2. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  3. BMW i3
  4. Chevrolet Spark EV
  5. Mercedes-Benz B250e

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Hatchbacks

Best Cars: Hatchback Cars | CarMax

Hatchbacks are easy to drive and small but with plenty of cargo space—great for a commuter car or daily driver. Take a look at this list of the five best-selling hatchbacks, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, to start your search.

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Chevrolet Volt
  4. Honda Fit
  5. Honda Civic

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High-MPG Cars

Best Cars: HIgh-MPG Cars | CarMax

If high mpg is a priority for you, one of these cars could be a good choice. These are the best-selling high-mpg cars, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, and EPA estimates from fueleconomy.gov.3 Please note that EPA fuel-economy estimates vary depending on things like drivetrain, engine size, and transmission.

  1. 2017 Chevrolet Volt (2WD 1.4L)
  2. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid (2WD 2.0L)
  3. 2017 Honda Civic (2WD 1.5L)
  4. 2018 Nissan Versa (2WD 1.6L)
  5. Tie: 2019 Kia Forte (2WD 2.0L) & 2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze (2WD 1.4L)

Our Best High-MPG Cars article can help you get more familiar with these vehicles.


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Hybrid Cars

Best Cars: Hybrid Cars | CarMax

A hybrid car combines a gas engine with an electric motor, designed to provide instant torque acceleration and the ability to go longer between fuel stops. Take a look at this list of the five best-selling hybrid cars based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.

  1. Ford Fusion Hybrid
  2. Toyota Prius
  3. Chevrolet Volt
  4. Ford Fusion Energi
  5. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

If you'd like to find out more about used hybrids, check out our Best Hybrid Cars article.


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Hybrid SUVs

Best Used Cars: Hybrid SUVs | CarMax

If hybrid power is appealing and you're after more space for passengers and their things, take a look at this list of the best-selling hybrid SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.

  1. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  2. Lexus RX 450H
  3. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  4. Nissan Rogue Hybrid
  5. BMW X5 Plug In Hybrid

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Large SUVs

Best Used Cars: Large SUVs | CarMax

Looking for lots of space for road trips, DIY projects, or adventures with your favorite people? A large SUV could suit you. Take a look at the best-selling large SUVs based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet Traverse
  2. Chevrolet Tahoe
  3. Buick Enclave
  4. Mazda CX-9
  5. Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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Luxury Cars

Best Cars: Luxury Cars | CarMax

Luxury cars feature high-end equipment and a plush interior. Want to know more? Start with these best-selling luxury cars, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

  1. Mercedes-Benz S550
  2. Jaguar F-Type
  3. Porsche Panamera
  4. Genesis G90
  5. BMW 540

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Luxury SUVs

Best Cars: Luxury SUVs | CarMax

If a well-appointed interior, luxurious good looks, and plenty of room are at the top of your list, take a look at these best-selling luxury SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe
  2. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  3. Cadillac Escalade
  4. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  5. GMC Yukon

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Midsize SUVs

Best Cars: Midsize SUVs | CarMax
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Not too big, not too small. A midsize SUV is a great choice if you need to balance space and size. Here are five of the best, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.2

  1. Kia Sorento
  2. Hyundai Santa Fe
  3. Toyota Highlander
  4. Toyota 4Runner
  5. Ford Edge

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Minivans

Best Cars: Minivans | CarMax

The ultimate people mover, minivans are versatile and comfortable. Here are the best-selling models based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.2

  1. Kia Sedona
  2. Nissan Quest
  3. Honda Odyssey
  4. Dodge Grand Caravan
  5. Toyota Sienna

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Muscle Cars

Best Cars: Modern Muscle Cars | CarMax

Iconic shapes, roaring engines, and plenty of creature comforts are typical of modern muscle cars. Take a look at this list of the best-selling models based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet Camaro LT
  2. Ford Mustang
  3. Dodge Challenger SXT
  4. Ford Mustang EcoBoost
  5. Ford Mustang GT

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Pickup Trucks

130 Best Used Cars: Pickup Trucks | CarMax

Pickup trucks are great for the worksite, camping trips, or carrying DIY materials. Take a look at this list of the best-selling pickup trucks based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.2

  1. Honda Ridgeline
  2. Chevrolet Colorado
  3. GMC Canyon
  4. Nissan Frontier
  5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Small Cars

Best Cars: Small and Compact Cars | CarMax

Need city-friendly maneuverability on top of all the usual technology and features? A small car might be right for you. Take a look at this list of the best-selling models, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020.

  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Toyota Corolla
  5. Chevrolet Cruze

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Small Trucks

Best Cars: Small Trucks | CarMax

All that great truck utility but in a city-friendly package. Take a look at this list of the best-selling small trucks based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

  1. Toyota Tacoma
  2. Nissan Frontier
  3. Chevrolet Colorado
  4. GMC Canyon
  5. Honda Ridgeline

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Midsize Sedans

Best Cars: Midsize Sedans | CarMax

You have a wealth of choice when it comes to the supremely versatile midsize sedan. Start your search with this list of the best-selling models, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

  1. Hyundai Elantra
  2. Nissan Altima
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Toyota Camry
  5. Hyundai Sonata

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Sports Cars

Best Cars: Sports Cars | CarMax

Need a car that's designed to give you a thrilling drive and put a smile on your face? It might be time to buy a sports car. Start with this list of the best-selling models based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Chevrolet Corvette
  4. Mini Cooper Countryman
  5. Subaru WRX

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SUVs with 3 Rows

Best Cars: SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax

Whether you've got a large family, you regularly go on vacation with friends, or you just like to use the carpool lane, a three-row SUV provides plenty of space for passengers and their things. Take a look at these best-selling models—based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020—to get your search started.

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Nissan Pathfinder
  3. Kia Sorento
  4. Dodge Journey
  5. Toyota Highlander

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SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Best Cars: SUVs with Best Gas Mileage | CarMax

If you're looking for a fuel-sipping SUV, start your search with this list of the best-selling models, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020—and city and highway EPA estimates from fueleconomy.gov.3 Please note that EPA fuel-economy estimates vary depending on things like drivetrain, engine size, and transmission.

  1. Tie: 2016 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L) & 2017 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L)
  2. Tie: 2017 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L) 
  3. Tie: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD 1.5L) & 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)
  4. 2017 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L)
  5. Tie: 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD) & 2016 Honda CR-V (4WD 2.4L)

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1Based on prices on carmax.com from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, and September 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
3Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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