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Top Used Cars Under $20,000

If you're in the market for a used car, chances are you're looking for a vehicle that's less than $20,000. The good news is there's lots of great options. Consumer Reports recently did much of the legwork for you, releasing a list of what they consider the best used vehicles for under $20,000, based on reliability and testing track records.

Below is a look at the various options and years, which also includes information on whether or not electronic stability control (ESC) was optional or standard for certain years.

Subcompact & Compact Cars

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Ford Focus Sedan  05-06, '08-0910-11-0910
Honda Civic Sedan04-0708-1112-130912
Honda Fit  07-0809-13-0911
Hyundai Accent  0913--12
Hyundai Elantra Sedan  07-09-12-130811
Kia Forte-12-13--all
Kia Soul  -10-1113-all
Mazda3 (Skyactiv 2.0-liter)  -1213-all
Nissan Leaf  --11-12-all
Pontiac Vibe  04-0809-10-0509
Scion tC  05-06---11
Scion xB  04-0609-1112-all
Scion xD  -08-10-0810
Subaru Impreza (sedan, non-turbo)-1011/13/140809
Subaru Impreza (wagon, non-turbo)0508, '1011-130809
Suzuki SX408--0712
Toyota Corolla  04-0810-12130510
Toyota Matrix  04-0708, '10-0510
Toyota Prius  04-0708-1011-120410
Toyota Yaris Hatchback  07-10---10
Volkswagen Golf--11-120410
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (5-cyl.)  0809-10-0409
Volkswagen Rabbit0709-0709

Midsized & Large Cars

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Acura RL0405-0607-08-all
Acura TL0405-0708-all
Acura TSX (4-cyl.)04-0506-0810-all
Audi A6 (V6)-0608-all
BMW 328i Sedan--09-all
Cadillac CTS (RWD)--090408
Ford Fusion (4-cyl.)0809120910
Ford Fusion (V6, FWD)06-0809120910
Ford Fusion Hybrid  --10-11-all
Honda Accord (4-cyl.)  04-0506-0910-12-08
Honda Accord Sedan (V6)  0405-07--06
Hyundai Azera  0607--all
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl.)  07-0809--06
Hyundai Sonata (V6)  04, '0709--06
Infiniti G Sedan0406-0708-all
Infiniti M (V6)  --06-08-all
Lexus ES-04-0607-080407
Lexus GS-0406-07-all
Lexus IS Sedan-04-0506, '080406
Lexus LS  --04-05-all
Lincoln MKZ (V6)  -0809-10-09
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (V6)  040708-all
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (V6, RWD)  -0507-08-all
Mercury Milan (4-cyl.)  08-09--0910
Mercury Milan (V6, FWD)06-0809-0910
Mercury Milan Hybrid  --10-11-all
Nissan Altima Hybrid  -08-09--all
Nissan Altima Sedan (4-cyl.)  0609, '11-12--10
Nissan Altima Sedan (V6)  -07110710
Nissan Maxima  -08-0409
Subaru Legacy (4-cyl.)  -09-1011-130709
Toyota Avalon (V6)0405-0809-100409
Toyota Camry (4-cyl.)  04-0607, '1011-130510
Toyota Camry (V6)  04-0506-10110410
Toyota Camry Hybrid  -07-0910-11-all
Volvo S6004-0507-08-0407

Sports & Sport Cars/Convertibles

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
BMW Z4-0506-07-all
Ford Mustang (V8)  -05-0607-08-10
Honda Civic Si  -06-08--07
Honda S2000  -0405-07-06
Lexus SC  --04-all
Mazda MX-5 Miata  0406-0809-100612
Nissan 350Z-04060410

Wagons & Minivans

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Honda Crosstour--10-11-all
Honda Odyssey  0406--05
Mazda5  --12-13-10
Subaru Outback (4-cyl.)  --09-100709
Toyota Prius V  ----all
Toyota Sienna (FWD)  0405-06, '08090408
Toyota Venza (V6)  ----all
Volvo XC70 (Cross Country)  04-080407

Small SUVs

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Acura RDX--07-08-all
Ford Escape Hybrid  050910-09
Honda CR-V  0405-0809-11-05
Hyundai Tucson 06-07---all
Kia Sportage  -07--05
Mazda CX-5  ----all
Mercury Mariner Hybrid  -0910-09
Mitsubishi Outlander  0708, '1011-12-07
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport  -1112-all
Nissan Juke--12-all
Nissan Rogue  -1011-13-all
Subaru Forester (non-turbo)-0809-100709
Toyota RAV4 (4-cyl.)  04-0506, '0809-12-all
Toyota RAV4 (V6)  -06, '0809-11-all

Midsized & Large SUVs

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Acura MDX-04-06--all
Ford Edge-0709-all
Honda Pilot  04-0506-07080506
Infiniti FX (V6)  -04-0506-all
Lexus GX--04-05-all
Lexus RX  -04-0506-07-all
Lexus RX Hybrid  --06-07-all
Lincoln MKX  --07-08-all
Mazda CX-9  --10-all
Nissan Murano  ---0409
Toyota 4Runner (V6)  -04-0607-08-all
Toyota Highlander (V6)  0405-0809-all
Toyota Highlander Hybrid  -0607-all
Toyota Sequoia  -0607-all

Pickup Trucks

VehicleUnder $10,000$10,000-$15,000$15,000-$20,000ESC Optional FromESC Standard From
Honda Ridgeline-0607-09-all
Nissan Frontier  --080412
Toyota Tacoma (V6, 4WD)-04-0506-070409
Toyota Tundra (V8, 4WD)-04-05060409

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