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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


, - March 13, 2019

Buying a car can be expensive, and knowing which vehicle you should buy is one of the toughest decisions to make. Many consumers, especially those with bad credit, opt for a used model because they’re cheaper, but some used cars last longer than others. So, how do you know which used vehicles are the best? Consumer Reports figured most of that out for us.

The best used cars under $20,000, according to CR, are listed below sorted by class size and in alphabetical order:

Best Used Small Cars

Honda Civic 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $12,201
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Honda Fit 2009-2013

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $8,205
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Mazda Mazda3 2010-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $11,762
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Toyota Corolla 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $9,382
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Toyota Prius 2010-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $12,208
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Best Used Mid-Size and Large Cars

Honda Accord 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $13,021
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Mazda Mazda6 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $10,717
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Toyota Avalon 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $13,182
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Toyota Camry 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $11,510
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Best Used Small SUVs

Honda CR-V 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $14,889
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Mazda CX-5 2013-2017

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $18,045
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

Toyota RAV4 2009-2015

  • Average retail price for model years mentioned: $14,310
  • Average safety rating for model years mentioned: 4/5 stars

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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


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