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The ultimate guide to used car shopping!

Best Used Cars Ranking | CarMax

Looking for a used car, truck, or SUV in 2020? We've got some recommendations.

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Under $10,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $10K | CarMax

If you're budget-conscious and looking for a used car, you're in the right place. Check out this list of the best cars with average prices under $10,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020.1 Be aware that select trim configurations and model years may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $10,000:

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

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Under $15,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $15K | CarMax

Need something that won't break the bank but still has the features you're after? These five vehicles all had average prices at CarMax under $15,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020.1 Be aware that upper-trim configurations and certain model years may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $15,000:

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

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Under $30,0001

Best Cars: Cars Under $30K | CarMax

Have a little more money to spend and want the right car for your lifestyle? Take a look at these cars with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020.1 Be aware that certain model years and trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000:

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

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AWD Cars

Best Cars: AWD Cars | CarMax

All-wheel drive gives you confidence across all sorts of difficult terrain, as well as when the weather turns. Check out this list of cars that all offer AWD, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

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

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AWD SUVs

Best Cars: AWD SUVs | CarMax

Looking for a bit more space and a great driving experience both on- and off-road? Here are five of our top AWD SUVs, based on CarMax sales from March 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019:

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Jeep Wrangler
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  4. Honda CR-V
  5. Ford Explorer

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

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Car-Seat Friendly

Best Cars: Car Seat Friends Cars | CarMax

Got little ones to transport around with you? 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 (IIHS) 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(IIHS) 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 that 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

Want to have full control over your gear changes when you drive? Here are five of our best-selling manual transmission cars, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

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

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Compact SUVs

Best Cars: Compact SUVs | CarMax
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A small SUV makes a great companion if you're commuting between countryside and city. Here's our list of the best-selling compact SUVs, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.3

  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

If you're looking for the maneuverability of a car with the utility of an SUV, a crossover might be for you. This list of crossover SUVs is based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Honda CR-V
  2. Nissan Rogue
  3. Ford Escape
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Chevrolet Equinox

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Electric Cars

Best Cars: Electric Cars | CarMax

Ready to make the switch to electric to support your eco-conscious lifestyle? Here are our five best-selling electric cars, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Nissan LEAF
  2. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  3. BMW i3
  4. Ford Focus Electric
  5. Mercedes-Benz B-class
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Hatchbacks

Best Cars: Hatchback Cars | CarMax

If you need lots of cargo space but want to easily navigate city parking garages, a hatchback could be a good choice. Take a look at these five best-selling used hatchbacks, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, to get your search started:

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Subaru Impreza
  3. Honda Fit
  4. Mini Cooper
  5. Chevrolet Volt

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High-MPG Cars

Best Cars: HIgh-MPG Cars | CarMax

If you'd like to go longer between fuel stops, you'll need a car with good fuel economy. Here are five vehicles with good mpg figures, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, and EPA-estimates from fueleconomy.gov.2 Please note EPA fuel-economy estimates vary depending on things like drivetrain, engine size, and transmission:

  1. 2016 Toyota Prius 2WD 1.8L 4 C Automatic
  2. 2017 Chevrolet Volt 2WD 1.5L 4 C Automatic
  3. 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic
  4. 2016 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4 C Automatic
  5. 2017 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4 C Automatic

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

Hybrids combine gasoline power with an electric motor for extra performance while allowing you to go longer between gas station stops. Here are five of the best-selling hybrids, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

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

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


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Hybrid & Electric SUVs

130 Best Used Cars: Hybrid and Electric SUVs | CarMax

If you like the look of hybrid power but need a little extra space, a hybrid SUV is a good choice. Based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, here are our top-selling hybrid SUVs:

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

Best Used Cars: Large SUVs | CarMax

Need space for people and their things, alongside rugged good looks? Take a look at this list of the best large SUVs, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Chevrolet Traverse
  2. Buick Enclave
  3. Chevrolet Tahoe
  4. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  5. Audi Q7

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Luxury Cars

Best Cars: Luxury Cars | CarMax

If it's high-end equipment and a well-appointed interior you're after, you need to look for a luxury car that suits you. Check out these used luxury vehicles based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Mercedes-Benz S550
  2. Audi A7
  3. BMW 750
  4. Jaguar F-Type
  5. Porsche Panamera

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Luxury SUVs

Best Cars: Luxury SUVs | CarMax

Luxury SUVs make wonderful family vehicles as there's plenty of tech to keep everyone entertained, plus room to stretch your legs. Here are five of the best-selling models based on CarMax vehicle sales data on all cars sold with prices over $30,000 from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:1

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe
  2. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  3. Audi Q7
  4. Cadillac Escalade
  5. GMC Yukon

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Midsize SUVs

Best Cars: Midsize SUVs | CarMax
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If you're looking for great luggage capacity with something that's just the right size for daily driving, take a look at a midsize SUV. Here are five of the best, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.3

  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

Minivans are the ultimate people mover. According to CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, here are our best-selling models:

  1. Honda Odyssey
  2. Dodge Grand Caravan
  3. Toyota Sienna
  4. Chrysler Pacifica
  5. Chrysler Town and Country

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Muscle Cars

Best Cars: Modern Muscle Cars | CarMax

Everyone loves the rumble of a muscle car. If you're looking for a bit of excitement in your life, check out this list of the best muscle cars, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

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

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Pickup Trucks

130 Best Used Cars: Pickup Trucks | CarMax

Pickups give great utility be it for work, trips to the DIY store, or even a weekend camping trip. Looking for the one that's right for you? Take a look at this list of the best pickup trucks, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Dodge Ram 1500
  2. Ford F-150
  3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  4. Toyota Tacoma
  5. GMC Sierra 1500

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Small Cars

Best Cars: Small and Compact Cars | CarMax

Small cars are perfect for maneuvering around a busy city or nipping through rush hour traffic. Here's our list of the best-selling small cars based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Nissan Sentra
  3. Hyundai Elantra
  4. Toyota Corolla
  5. Ford Focus

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Small Trucks

Best Cars: Small Trucks | CarMax

Need all the utility of a pick up with a smaller footprint? A small truck might be the right fit for you. Take a look at our list of the best small trucks based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 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

Midsize sedans are wonderfully versatile so you'll be able to find one that fits your lifestyle and needs. Start your search with this list of the best midsize sedans based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

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

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Sports Cars

Best Cars: Sports Cars | CarMax

Whether you're after AWD, muscle car roar, or something a little more slick, there's plenty of sports cars out there to choose from. This list of the best sports cars is based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Take a look:

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

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SUVs with 3 Rows

Best Cars: SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax

Looking for something with three rows to carry your entire family or crew? This list has you covered. Based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, these are our top five best three-row SUVs:

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Toyota Highlander
  3. Nissan Pathfinder
  4. GMC Acadia
  5. Infiniti QX60

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SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Best Cars: SUVs with Best Gas Mileage | CarMax

Need all the space and practicality of an SUV without spending too much time at the pump? Take a look at our list of the SUVs with the best mpg, based on CarMax sales data between August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, and using city and highway fuel-economy data from fueleconomy.gov.2 Please note EPA fuel-economy estimates vary depending on things like drivetrain, engine size, and transmission:

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

Ready to find your next used car, truck, or SUV? CarMax can help you find the one that's right for you. Get started right here.

1Based on prices on carmax.com between August 1, 2019 through January 31, 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.
2Fuel 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.
3 RepairPal 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.
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