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Shop smart with this list of budget-friendly SUVs.

10 Best SUVs under $20K | CarMax

Are you on the market for an SUV? Smart choice. Whether you're looking for a compact/crossover SUV, full-size SUV, or something in between, there are plenty of options to suit your needs.

Many SUVs offer plenty of cargo storage space and room for your passengers to sit comfortably. There are also many makes and models that come standard with the latest tech features to make your ride more enjoyable. All-wheel drive, automatic climate control, and hands-free lift gates are just a few features to look for in your next budget-friendly SUV.

Not sure where to begin your search for an affordable SUV? Check out our new, expanded list of the best SUVs with average prices under $20,000, based on CarMax sales data from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.1

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Nissan Rogue | CarMax
  3. Chevrolet Equinox
  4. Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax
  5. Ford Escape
  6. Ford Escape | CarMax
  7. Dodge Journey
  8. Dodge Journey | CarMax
  9. Honda CR-V
  10. Honda CR-V | CarMax
  11. Jeep Cherokee
  12. Jeep Cherokee | CarMax
  13. GMC Terrain
  14. GMC Terrain | CarMax
  15. Kia Sorento
  16. Kia Sorento | CarMax
  17. Toyota RAV4
  18. Toyota RAV4 | CarMax
  19. Buick Encore
  20. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Buick Encore | CarMax
  21. Jeep Patriot
  22. Jeep Patriot | CarMax
  23. Jeep Renegade
  24. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Jeep Renegade | CarMax
  25. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  26. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | CarMax
  27. Ford Edge
  28. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Ford Edge | CarMax
  29. Jeep Compass
  30. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Jeep Compass | CarMax
  31. Nissan Pathfinder
  32. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax
  33. Mitsubishi Outlander
  34. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Mitsubishi Outlander | CarMax
  35. Hyundai Tucson
  36. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Hyundai Tucson | CarMax
  37. Volkswagen Tiguan
  38. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Volkswagen Tiguan | CarMax
  39. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  40. 20 Best SUVs Under $20,000: Mitsubishi Outlander | CarMax

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What kinds of features and specs can you expect in an SUV? Some, like the Volkswagen Tiguan, feature available third-row seating to expand seating capacity up to eight—and fold-flat seats can maximize your storage when that third row isn't in use. If you need a little more space or prefer a larger profile, consider a mid-size SUV, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or the Dodge Journey.

For tech-lovers, 2017 and newer models of the Chevrolet Equinox offer standard 4G LTE connectivity that can transform your vehicle into a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot.2 If you tend to prefer smaller vehicles but still want the higher profile and utility of an SUV, a compact body style may be ideal for you. The Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Escape are all compact SUVs with easier maneuverability and handling in tight urban spaces.

Whether you're looking for a smaller SUV or a large SUV with seating for the whole family, you're sure to find some great options on this list—plus buying used means you don't have to break the bank.

Interested in any SUVs on this list? You can start shopping now or check out these related articles to help you on your search:

1Based on average prices on carmax.com from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Requires data plan and compatible device.
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