With average new vehicle prices hovering around $35,000, now is perhaps the best time to be looking at used cars, as a flood of off-lease, late-model sedans are beginning to hit dealerships. Plus, the popularity of trucks and crossover SUVs have put a dent in new car sales. As a result, discounting has led to a decrease in used values. While there’s a lot to choose from, our list concentrates primarily on traditional midsize models, which offer the best balance of value and utility.


1. 2016 Honda Accord

The previous-generation Accord was superseded by an all-new 2018 model. As a testament to the retained value of this Kelley Blue Book Best Buy winner, you must go back a couple model years to 2016 to find versions that come in under $20,000. But, you’ll get getting a high-quality car that will continue to depreciate much more slowly than the competition. Find a Honda Accord near you


2. 2017 Toyota Camry

If dependability, reliability and retained value are high on your shopping list, the last of the last-generation Toyota Camry should be on your list. Yes, there’s an all-new one for 2018, but the previous model has a great reputation for being trouble-free, easy to drive and a great buy. If you want to step up to a V6 model for under $20K, however, you’ll probably be looking at a 2015 model. Find a Toyota Camry near you


3. 2017 Subaru Legacy

Here’s where family car practicality meets all-wheel-drive utility. The 2017 Subaru Legacy offers the room and comfort of a midsize sedan in a package that includes a sure-footed AWD system as standard equipment. Powered by a 2.5-liter flat four making 175 horsepower mated to a continuously variable transmission, the Legacy can get up to 36 mpg on the highway. Find a Subaru Legacy near you


4. 2016 Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala has been the perennial winner in the full-size car category of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy awards. This front-drive sedan still looks smart, has a well-appointed interior, and offers features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an LTE Wi-Fi hotspot as standard equipment. Pop for an LTZ and you’ll get a 305-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 for under $17,000. Find a Chevrolet Impala near you


5. 2016 Dodge Charger

You can get a 2016 Dodge Charger SX for under $20,000, and while it doesn’t have a Hemi in it (you’ll have to spend more than $20K to get the V8), the 3.6-liter V6 produces 282 horsepower, which is no slouch for a large, full-size traditional 4-door sedan. There’s plenty of room inside and attitude outside with its uniquely American look. The basic rear-drive platform has proven to be bulletproof. Find a Dodge Charger near you


6. 2016 Kia Optima

A Kelley Blue Book Best Buy from 2016, the Kia Optima took the midsize category largely on the strength of a redesign that included a roomy interior and a lengthy list of standard features. Look for a 2016 Kia Optima SX and you’ll get the 245-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder and more responsive power-assist steering than the 1.6-liter turbo with the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Find a Kia Optima near you


7. 2017 Mazda Mazda6

If driving dynamics are your thing, then the 2017 Mazda Mazda6 should be on your under-$20,000 shopping list. Long a KBB favorite for the way it handles, the Madza6 also has a contemporary look and nicely turned-out interior. Look for a Touring model with more equipment and you’ll still come in at about $19,000. Find a Mazda Mazda6 near you


8. 2017 Hyundai Sonata

While the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has had a significant facelift, the 2017 model still sports a contemporary look that really hasn’t aged. And you can find a Sport 2.0T model, which boasts a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, for less than $20,000. The Sonata was one of the first to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Find a Hyundai Sonata near you


9. 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

With gas prices expected to spike around $3 per gallon nationally this summer, a hybrid version of this handsome midsize sedan might be just to the ticket to having a comfortable ride with plenty of room for people and their stuff. The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a definite fuel sipper, getting 43 mpg city and 41 highway. Find a Ford Fusion Hybrid near you


10. 2017 Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is perhaps the most underrated family sedan on the market. It offers remarkable room and a nice blend of performance and economy from its 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. A new Passat has yet to appear on the horizon, so this model, which can be found for between $16,000 and $18,000, will still look fresh. Find a Volkswagen Passat near you

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