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Going used car shopping in 2020? This guide will help.

Best Used Cars Ranking | CarMax

What are the best used car and best SUVs when you’re looking to buy in 2020? We’ve got some recommendations.

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Under $10,0001

Best Cars: Under $10K | CarMax

Are you a budget-conscious student or first-time buyer feeling excited about getting a new-to-you car? Check out this list of the best cars with average prices under $10,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.1 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. Scion XD
  4. Dodge Caliber
  5. Nissan Cube

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Under $15,0001

Best Cars: Under $20K | CarMax

Don't want to break the bank for your next purchase? These five vehicles all had average prices at CarMax under $15,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data between March 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019.1 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. Nissan Altima
  4. Ford Focus
  5. Toyota Corolla

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Under $30,0001

Best Cars: Under $330K | CarMax

Got a little more money to spend? Take a look at these cars with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales and pricing data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.1 Be aware that certain model years and trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000:

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

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AWD Cars

Best Cars: AWD | CarMax

All-weather driving is what all-wheel-drive cars do best, giving you the confidence to tackle all road conditions. Check out this list based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

  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 Friendly| 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: 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

There's nothing quite like the feeling of driving a stick-shift! Here are five of our best-selling manual transmission cars, based on available features and sales at CarMax from March 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Nissan Versa
  4. Fiat 500
  5. Mazda Mazda3

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Compact SUVs

Best Cars: Compact SUVs  | CarMax

Want an SUV that's small on the outside but big on the inside? Here's our list of the best-selling compact SUVs, based on CarMax data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

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

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Crossover SUVs

Best Cars: Crossover SUVs  | CarMax

These vehicles really offer the best of both worlds. The maneuverability of a car with the space and utility of an SUV. This list of crossover SUVs is based on CarMax sales from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

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

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Electric Cars

Best Cars: Electric Cars  | CarMax

The future is electric and the future is now. Here's our five best-selling electric cars, gathered from CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

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

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Hatchbacks

Best Cars: Hatchbacks  | CarMax

Storage of a sedan, body of a compact? That's the classic hatchback formula. Check out these five best-selling used hatchbacks, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data between May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Honda Fit
  4. Chevrolet Volt
  5. Nissan Versa Note

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High-MPG Cars

Best Cars: High MPG Cars  | CarMax

Want to spend less time at the pump? Here are five vehicles with good fuel-economy figures, based on CarMax sales from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019, and EPA-estimates from fueleconomy.gov:2

  1. Tie: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic & 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic
  2. 2016 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4 C Automatic
  3. Tie: 2018 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4 C Automatic & 2017 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6lL4 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 conventional power with an electric motor to great effect. Here are five of the best-selling hybrids, based on CarMax sales from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

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

For more best used cars that are hybrids, check out our Best Hybrid Cars article.


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Hybrid & Electric SUVs

130 Best Used Cars: Hybrid and Electric SUVs | CarMax

Looking for a hybrid that's able to carry five or more passengers? Our sales data from May 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019 shows these to be our top-selling hybrid SUVs.

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

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Large SUVs

Best Used Cars: Large SUVs | CarMax

Sometimes, bigger is better—especially when you're looking for a rugged and versatile SUV. Take a look at this list of the best large SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019:

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

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Luxury Cars

Best Cars: Luxury Cars  | CarMax

Style, comfort, and a well-appointed interior? Welcome to the world of luxury cars. Look for standard equipment such as high-end sound systems, leather seats, and driver-assist features. Check out these used luxury vehicles based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019:

  1. Mercedes-Benz S550
  2. Infiniti Q60
  3. Lexus ES 350
  4. Lexus LS 460
  5. Mercedes-Benz C300

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Luxury SUVs

Best Cars: Luxury SUVs  | CarMax

Here are five of our best-selling used luxury SUVs, based on CarMax vehicle sales data on all cars sold with prices over $30,000 from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Look out for high-end features, a variety of available powertrains, and plenty of space to boot:

  1. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  2. Chevrolet Tahoe
  3. Cadillac Escalade
  4. Lexus RX 350
  5. GMC Yukon

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Midsize SUVs

Best Cars: Midsize SUVs  | CarMax

Three-row seating and plenty of luggage capacity are just two things most midsize SUVs offer. Based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, here is our list of the best-selling midsize SUVs:

  1. Chevrolet Equinox
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  3. Ford Explorer
  4. Kia Sorento
  5. Dodge Journey

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Minivans

Best Cars: Minivans  | CarMax

Nothing moves people and cargo with room to spare like a minivan. According to sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, here's our best-selling models:

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

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Muscle Cars

Best Cars: Modern Muscle Cars  | CarMax

Striking looks and lots of horsepower are just two reasons why muscle cars are so desirable. Here's our list of the best muscle cars, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019:

  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

Which iconic pickup brand should you go for? Here's our list of the best pickup trucks, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019. All provide utility, style and a wide range of available configurations and features:

  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 & Compact Cars | CarMax

Need a fun and funky small car to handle the daily commute and city driving? Our list of the best-selling small cars is based on CarMax sales collected from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019:

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

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Small Trucks

130 Best Used Cars: Small Trucks | CarMax

Need the utility of a pickup truck in a slightly smaller package? There's plenty of small trucks out there for you. To help you find the best small truck for you, check out our list of the best small trucks on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

  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

Roomy interior, plenty of luggage space, and performance all in one? The midsize sedan can do it all. Start your search with this list of the best midsize sedans based on sales at CarMax from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019:

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

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Sports Cars

Best Cars: Sports Cars  | CarMax

Ready for the drive of your life? These best sports cars (based on CarMax sales data from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018) offer something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a muscle car, something with AWD, or a practical hatchback, this list is a great place to start:

  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Chevrolet Corvette
  4. Subaru WRX
  5. Volkswagen GTI

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SUVs with 3 Rows

Best Cars: SUVs With 3 Rows  | CarMax

Specifically require three rows from your SUV? Based on CarMax sales data between May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, these are our top five best picks for three-row SUVs:

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Volvo XC90
  3. Dodge Journey
  4. Kia Sorento
  5. Infiniti QX80

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SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Best Cars: SUVs with Best Gas Mileage  | CarMax

A big SUV doesn't have to be a gas-guzzler. Take a look at our list of the SUVs with the best mpg, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019 and using city and highway fuel-economy data from fueleconomy.gov.1 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 shop? We love helping shoppers find the best used cars and trucks that are right for them — not just for right now, but for right on down the road in the years to come. Get started right here.

1Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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