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The best used cars for under $20,000

Reliable and affordable used models

Last updated: February 2014

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When looking for a used car, you want one that is affordable and reliable. The lists below are reliable cars from the 2013 Annual Auto Survey. They are the specific models with above average reliability spanning the model years 2004 through 2013 and performed well in CR road tests when tested new.  Also, see our complete list of reliable used vehicles and those used cars to avoid (available to subscribers)

Our best advice is to buy the newest car that fits your budget, in order to benefit from the most up-to-date safety advances. To help, we show the first year each model offered electronic stability control (ESC), a crucial lifesaving feature, as optional or standard.

Price ranges are what you'd pay for a typically equipped car with average mileage.

Models are listed alphabetically within car type.

        ESC ('04-13)
Make & model Under $10,000 $10,000-$15,000 $15,000-$20,000 opt. from std. from
CARS: SUBCOMPACT AND COMPACT        
Ford Focus Sedan   '05-06, '08-09 '10-11 - '09 '10
Honda Civic Sedan '04-07 '08-11 '12-13 '09 '12
Honda Fit   '07-08 '09-13 - '09 '11
Hyundai Accent   '09 '13 - - '12
Hyundai Elantra Sedan   '07-09 - '12-13 '08 '11
Kia Forte - '12-13 - - all
Kia Soul   - '10-11 '13 - all
Mazda3 '08 '09-12 - '07 '11
Mazda3 (Skyactiv 2.0-liter)   - '12 '13 - all
Nissan Leaf   - - '11-12 - all
Pontiac Vibe   '04-08 '09-10 - '05 '09
Scion tC   '05-06 - - - '11
Scion xB   '04-06 '09-11 '12 - all
Scion xD   - '08-10 - '08 '10
Subaru Impreza (sedan, non-turbo) - '10 11-13 '08 '09
Subaru Impreza (wagon, non-turbo) '05 '08, '10 '11-13 '08 '09
Suzuki SX4 '08 - - '07 '12
Toyota Corolla   '04-08 '10-12 '13 '05 '10
Toyota Matrix   '04-07 '08, '10 - '05 '10
Toyota Prius   '04-07 '08-10 '11-12 '04 '10
Toyota Yaris Hatchback   '07-10 - - - '10
Volkswagen Golf - - '11-12 '04 '10
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (5-cyl.)   '08 '09-10 - '04 '09
Volkswagen Rabbit '07 '09 - '07 '09
CARS: MIDSIZED AND LARGE          
Acura RL '04 '05-06 '07-08 - all
Acura TL '04 '05-07 '08 - all
Acura TSX (4-cyl.) '04-05 '06-08 '10 - all
Audi A6 (V6) - '06 '08 - all
BMW 328i Sedan - - '09 - all
Cadillac CTS (RWD) - - '09 '04 '08
Ford Fusion (4-cyl.) '08 '09 '12 '09 '10
Ford Fusion (V6, FWD) '06-08 '09 '12 '09 '10
Ford Fusion Hybrid   - - '10-11 - all
Honda Accord (4-cyl.)   '04-05 '06-09 '10-12 - '08
Honda Accord Sedan (V6)   '04 '05-07 - - '06
Hyundai Azera   '06 '07 - - all
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl.)   '07-08 '09 - - '06
Hyundai Sonata (V6)   04, '07 '09 - - '06
Infiniti G Sedan '04 '06-07 '08 - all
Infiniti M (V6)   - - '06-08 - all
Lexus ES - '04-06 '07-08 '04 '07
Lexus GS - '04 '06-07 - all
Lexus IS Sedan - '04-05 '06, '08 '04 '06
Lexus LS   - - '04-05 - all
Lincoln MKZ (V6)   - '08 '09-10 - '09
Mazda6 '08 '09 '11-12 '05 '09
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (V6)   '04 '07 '08 - all
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (V6, RWD)   - '05 '07-08 - all
Mercury Milan (4-cyl.)   '08-09 - - '09 '10
Mercury Milan (V6, FWD) '06-08 '09 - '09 '10
Mercury Milan Hybrid   - - '10-11 - all
Nissan Altima Hybrid   - '08-09 - - all
Nissan Altima Sedan (4-cyl.)   '06 '09, '11-12 - - '10
Nissan Altima Sedan (V6)   - '07 '11 '07 '10
Nissan Maxima   - '08 - '04 '09
Subaru Legacy (4-cyl.)   - '09-10 '11-13 '07 '09
Toyota Avalon (V6) '04 '05-08 '09-10 '04 '09
Toyota Camry (4-cyl.)   '04-06 '07, '10 '11-13 '05 '10
Toyota Camry (V6)   '04-05 '06-10 '11 '04 '10
Toyota Camry Hybrid   - '07-09 '10-11 - all
Volvo S60 '04-05 '07-08 - '04 '07
SPORTS AND SPORTY CARS/CONVERTIBLES        
BMW Z4 - '05 '06-07 - all
Ford Mustang (V8)   - '05-06 '07-08 - '10
Honda Civic Si   - '06-08 - - '07
Honda S2000   - '04 '05-07 - '06
Lexus SC   - - '04 - all
Mazda MX-5 Miata   '04 '06-08 '09-10 '06 '12
Nissan 350Z - '04 '06 '04 '10
WAGONS AND MINIVANS          
Honda Crosstour - - '10-11 - all
Honda Odyssey   '04 '06 - - '05
Mazda5   - - '12-13 - '10
Subaru Outback (4-cyl.)   - - '09-10 '07 '09
Toyota Prius V   - - - - all
Toyota Sienna (FWD)   '04 '05-06, '08 '09 '04 '08
Toyota Venza (V6)   - - - - all
Volvo XC70 (Cross Country)   '04 - '08 '04 '07
SUVs: SMALL          
Acura RDX - - '07-08 - all
Ford Escape Hybrid   '05 '09 '10 - '09
Honda CR-V   '04 '05-08 '09-11 - '05
Hyundai Tucson  '06-07 - - - all
Kia Sportage   - '07 - - '05
Mazda CX-5   - - - - all
Mercury Mariner Hybrid   - '09 '10 - '09
Mitsubishi Outlander   '07 '08, '10 '11-12 - '07
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport   - '11 '12 - all
Nissan Juke - - '12 - all
Nissan Rogue   - '10 '11-13 - all
Subaru Forester (non-turbo) - '08 '09-10 '07 '09
Toyota RAV4 (4-cyl.)   '04-05 '06, '08 '09-12 - all
Toyota RAV4 (V6)   - '06, '08 '09-11 - all
SUVs: MIDSIZED AND LARGE          
Acura MDX - '04-06 - - all
Ford Edge - '07 '09 - all
Honda Pilot   '04-05 '06-07 '08 '05 '06
Infiniti FX (V6)   - '04-05 '06 - all
Lexus GX - - '04-05 - all
Lexus RX   - '04-05 '06-07 - all
Lexus RX Hybrid   - - '06-07 - all
Lincoln MKX   - - '07-08 - all
Mazda CX-9   - - '10 - all
Nissan Murano   - - - '04 '09
Toyota 4Runner (V6)   - '04-06 '07-08 - all
Toyota Highlander (V6)   '04 '05-08 '09 - all
Toyota Highlander Hybrid   - '06 '07 - all
Toyota Sequoia   - '06 '07 - all
PICKUP TRUCKS          
Honda Ridgeline - '06 '07-09 - all
Nissan Frontier   - - '08 '04 '12
Toyota Tacoma (V6, 4WD) - '04-05 '06-07 '04 '09
Toyota Tundra (V8, 4WD) - '04-05 '06 '04 '09
   

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