10 Best SUVs Under $20K

10 Best SUVs Under $20K


You don’t need to go for the most expensive automakers in order to find a quality used SUV. The market has plenty of options for price-conscious, newer SUVs that deliver a luxurious experience complete with all the modern features you’re looking for. Here’s our guide to finding the best SUV for under $20k.

2016 Jeep Patriot

ThisJeep Patriotmodel has the classic Jeep silhouette. It’s a little boxy but made for off roading and staying consistent in less than ideal weather. It has a four out of five crash test rating and gets 28 MPG on the highway. If you’re looking for a Jeep with plenty of cargo space and can take you on adventures outside of the city, the Patriot has the rugged elements and craftsmanship the Jeep brand is known for. 

2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i

The Subaru Outbackgives you a roomy interior, decent mileage, and off-road durability for an affordable price. This SUV feels like a combination of a station wagon and more traditional SUV and leaves no road untraveled with 30 MPG highway and an 18-gallon fuel tank. Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system appeals to consumers in areas like the Northeastern United States, where winters can lead to heavy snowfall and ice. This particular all-wheel drive sends power to all four wheels to achieve the most controlled traction. Overall, the 2014 Outback is a fantastic and durable option for those who don’t mind a car that isn’t as sleek as other models but makes up for it in many other categories. 

2014 Honda CR-V

If there’s an SUV that can be described as being no nonsense while checking all the boxes, it’s the 2014 Honda CR-V. Meet the classic model ideal for city drivers and outdoor adventurers alike. Or, if you’re both, even better! There’s a reason why it was one of the top selling SUVs in 2014. Its driving is smooth and steady; better than stiffer SUV models, but not quite as zippy as sportier SUVs. It gets 30 MPG on the highway, has excellent all-wheel drive, and feels light.

2016 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogueis a sleek crossover SUV that combines a stylish ride with durability. As is standard for Nissan vehicles, the infotainment is at the top of its tech class and the ride is as comfortable as they come. Extra leg and head room are convenient for taller drivers, a portion of the market often left out by the more compact models. In addition, a third row of seating allows for three additional passengers, as long as they don’t mind squeezing a little to fit. 

2015 Mazda CX-5

Whereas other models cover the bases with durability and economy, Mazda incorporates those features and takes them to the next level with being more fun to drive. This year Mazda CX-5is speedy, and an automatic braking system gives this SUV a step up for driving in the city. For speeds between 3 and 19 mph, the system automatically brakes if sensors detect that a collision is likely. Those who drive in the city know this happens while people are stuck in stop and go traffic and think they can distract themselves while driving since they are going so slow. The CX-5 lowers your chance of getting into a collision under these circumstances and gets 32 MPG on the highway.

2016 Chevrolet Trax 

Budget-conscious drivers will love the 2016 Traxfor its sporty feel and comfy driving experience. This SUV looks smaller than it actually is, thanks to the character lines. The front grille assists with keeping everything under the hood cool, and the interior is cool in a different way with 7-inch color screens equipped with apps and snappy smart phone syncing. Overall, a pre-owned Trax is a fantastic option for younger buyers who want a well-rounded SUV that doesn’t skimp on high-tech fun. 

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlanderis a stylish SUV that has advanced safety features comparable to luxury brands. Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation helps drivers ensure safe drives, both in the city and the country. The Outlander seats seven, although the third row isn’t exactly roomy. However, folding the rear seats to make extra cargo room is hassle-free. Mileage is solid, with 25 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Overall, the outlander is one of most price-conscious three row vehicles available and is a great vehicle for families who require their vehicle to meet all their cargo and passenger needs.

2016 Hyundai Tucson 

Earlier generations of the Hyundai Tucsondidn’t quite stand out in such a strong market, but the third generation is where Hyundai found its stride with this compact SUV. The Tucson delivers with a sportier exterior in addition to bells and whistles that make it feel like a truly modern ride. In addition, the vehicle is fairly fuel efficient, getting 31 highway miles per gallon. This SUV may not have the most cargo space or be the speediest option compared to similar models, but the Tucson focuses on convenience and safety. Instead of a push-button powered tailgate, you just need to stand behind the car with your key in your pocket or purse, and the trunk will automatically open. 

2015 Ford Escape

The Escape line from Ford has led the market for several years with their impressive and constantly improving compact SUVs. The one drawback is that it doesn’t feel as roomy as the Subaru Outback or the Nissan Rogue. Otherwise, theFord Escapewins in categories like high tech infotainment, handling, fuel efficiency (31 MPG highway), and a sporty feel. Previous Escape models also won in these categories, but the large and boxy frame sometimes made it seem like you may as well be driving around in a Hummer. The 2015 Escape is the perfect option for those who like the high-tech accessories and a ride that simultaneously feels roomy and sleek. 

2015 Kia Sportage

The 2015 Kia Sportageis true to its name. This crossover SUV has a robust suspension and a zippy turbocharged engine. Compared to other used models available for under $20k, the Sportage loses points on fuel economy (28 MPG highway) and cargo space. However, the 260-horsepower engine is among the most powerful available in its class. If you’re looking for a fun ride complete with a panoramic sunroof and an accommodating height for tall drivers and passengers, this matches the criteria.  


At Highline Automotive, you can always do an online scan of our inventory, but since it can change from day-to-day, it’s best if you can visit our dealership in person and see what we have first-hand. We are conveniently located at 4343 Torresdale Avenue, just a few blocks from I-95. And our experienced staffis always available to help you find the perfect vehicle that fits your needs and budget.



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