A comfortable and passenger-friendly ride.
For a comfortable, spacious ride with plenty of room inside for passengers and luggage, as well as options to tackle the terrain or tough weather conditions, the SUV is the ideal choice. Features like all-wheel-drive, large storage capacity, and even equipment like climate control and hands-free liftgates are standard on many models right now.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best SUVs with average prices under $20,000, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.1 Please be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $20,000.
- Nissan Rogue
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Escape
- Toyota RAV-4
- Jeep Cherokee
- Honda CR-V
- Kia Sorento
- Jeep Compass
- Dodge Journey
- GMC Terrain
Small to midsize crossover SUVs are very popular—and for good reason. They combine the size and practicality of many full-size vehicles in a package that can make them easier to handle and park around town. The Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape fit into that category, with both offering standard split-folding rear seats for extra storage space (all 2017–2019 models).
If you want to go bigger, consider a model like the Dodge Journey or Kia Sorento, each coming with three-row seating as standard across all model years.
A lot of these SUVs also offer a great selection of equipment as standard. Take the Toyota RAV4: the 2019 model includes standard driver convenience features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The Honda CR-V also offers standard cruise control and automatic climate control on 2017–2019 models, and the Chevrolet Equinox provides features such as a rearview camera, heated mirrors, and a seven-inch touchscreen as standard on 2018 models onward.
If you want to go on an off-road adventure, a Jeep is a great option. The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass can handle rough terrains, and both offer a Trailhawk trim package (across all model years) which has four-wheel-drive and enhanced suspension for off-road adventures.
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1Based on average prices on carmax.com from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 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.
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