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4 Used SUVs Under $20,000 That Are Reliable and Comfortable

4 Used SUVs Under $20,000 That Are Reliable and Comfortable

SUV’s have largely replaced mini vans and the age-old station wagon. They can adapt to a wide variety of uses and some of the models below, can occasionally run for hundreds of thousands of miles.

All-wheel drive, when matched with luxury and convenience equipment, are what set them apart from more basic cars or vans.

To help you with your search, as a part of our weekly car series, we’ve compiled a list of 4 reliable used SUVs with prices under $20,000.

Honda CR-V 

Hondas in general have a rabid following and the CR-V is one of the family favorites. It has a solid feel, lots of leg room and Cargo space but won’t break the bank or frequently break down.

Highlights of the Honda CR-V:

  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Numerous standard safety features
  • Fuel Efficient
  • An overall performer
  • One of the best mid-size crossovers ever.


Toyota Highlander 

Like Mel Gibson in Braveheart, the Highlander has staying power beyond measure. Well beloved by families for roominess and reliability, this used SUV is a great choice when you need some extra space. While not as roomy as a minivan, many smaller families are pleased just how much you can pack into a Highlander.

Highlights of the Toyota Highlander:

  • Above average reliability
  • High safety ratings
  • Family-friendly SUV
  • Fugal gas mileage
  • Good road manners
  • Avoid 2001-2005 model years

Toyota Highlander 

Subaru Forester

The fans of the car are numerous enough to make resale value strong and consistent. If you live in a snowy area and don’t want a large SUV, the Forrester will surely please.

Highlights of the Subaru Forester:

  • Strong resale value
  • High safety ratings
  • Roomy interior
  • Excellent visibility
  • Commendable fuel economy
  • Simple controls
  • Comfortable ride
  • Worst year – 2014

Subaru Forester

Lexus RX 

Want a great deal on what consumer reports considers one of the most reliable SUVs of all time but also want a more luxurious drive? Look no further than the Lexus RX Series. While they won’t win awards for their looks, they are decent looking but excel in fit, finish and drive as compared to similar SUVs in this category.

Highlights of the Lexus RX:

  • High-quality materials
  • Comfortable and easy to drive
  • Bold Styling
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Fewest complaints on the LX 350: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Most complaints on the LX 350: 2007

Subaru Forester


Buying a car in any market can be frustrating. Add the supply chain issues of the pandemic and you might as well plan on doing hundreds of Google searches to get a good deal – or use this quick pick guide to at least select a vehicle that many know and love.

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