Stretch your dollars with these top-ranked compact SUVs.

Best Compact SUVs under $20K | CarMax

A compact SUV is a smart and practical choice. After all, compact SUVs generally provide additional more space and storage than a full-size sedan while still being relatively small, fun to drive, and easy to maneuver in tight spots. Many of these small SUVs also come with convenient standard features, such as power-rear lift gates and keyless entry/ignition. If you're in the market for a compact SUV and want to maximize your budget, buying used is often the way to go.

Check out our best compact SUVs with average prices under $20,000, based on CarMax vehicle average prices and sales data from January 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018.1 Please be aware that new model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $20,000.

  1. Nissan Rogue (less than $17, 500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Nissan Rogue | CarMax
  2. Ford Escape (less than $16,500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Ford Escape | CarMax
  3. Jeep Patriot (less than $15,000)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Jeep Patriot | CarMax
  4. Jeep Cherokee (less than $18,500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Jeep Cherokee | CarMax
  5. Buick Encore (less than $17,000)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Buick Encore | CarMax
  6. Honda CR-V (less than $16,000)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Honda CR-V | CarMax
  7. Toyota RAV4 (less than $17,500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax
  8. Jeep Compass (less than $15,500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Jeep Compass | CarMax
  9. Ford Edge (less than $16,500)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Ford Edge | CarMax
  10. Jeep Renegade (less than $18,000)
    Best Compact SUVs under $20K: Jeep Renegade | CarMax

When you're looking to buy the best compact SUV for less than $20K, these makes and models are worth your time and consideration. From the rough and rugged Jeep Cherokee to the sleek Ford Edge, there's something on this list to suit just about any preferences or budget.

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1Based on CarMax average prices between January 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018.  Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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