SUVs have become the de facto family car of the new millennium. They are practical, carry a lot of people and their stuff and pull it off with a stylish, go-anywhere, do-anything attitude. Little wonder that two out of every three vehicles sold today are trucks, crossovers and SUVs. They’re also expensive, helping to push the new vehicle average transaction prices to record levels. Therefore, for most shoppers on a budget, it makes sense to look to the used market. Fortunately, there are plenty of used SUVs available with many of the same features as new models. Here are our picks of the best under $20,000.
 

1. 2013 Honda Pilot
The Pilot offers three comfortable rows, plenty of cargo-carrying capability and Honda’s reputation for trouble-free operation and high resale value. We priced this version at $18,650, but if you spend about $900 more, you could find yourself in a 2014 model. Find a Honda Pilot near you
 

2. 2010 Toyota Sequoia
Roomy, dependable and rugged, the body-on-frame full-size Toyota Sequoia is another compelling SUV to consider. Powered by a 4.0-liter V8, it blends plenty of towing and passing power with relatively good fuel economy for a vehicle this size. Priced around $19,100, the 2010 Sequoia should provide many years of faithful service. Find a Toyota Sequoia near you

3. 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
It has been the gold standard of full-size SUVs for many years and has stood the test of time when it comes to durability. Robust body-on-frame construction, great towing capability and bulletproof V8 power comes to mind when talking Tahoe. Look to spend $17,750. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe near you

4. 2011 Jeep Wrangler
Part of the SUV allure is off-road capability and there’s no one higher in that hierarchy than Jeep. The all-new Wrangler has a lot to offer, but if you want nearly the same capability for much less money, check out the previous generation. The 2011 Wrangler clocks in at $19,950. Find a Jeep Wrangler near you
 

5. 2011 Lexus RX 450h
The Lexus RX, which had a hand in creating the crossover genre of SUVs, is more of an urban soft-roader with a healthy dollop of luxury in the package. And it’s one of the few that uses hybrid power to boost both fuel economy and performance. You’ll find these priced around $19,750. Find a Lexus RX 450h near you

6. 2008 Cadillac Escalade
Speaking of luxury and attitude, you too can be a baller in Cadillac’s flagship SUV. The Escalade is celebrating its 20th anniversary and still has the swagger that sets it apart from other full-size models. A 2008 model won’t break the bank at $18,700. Find a Cadillac Escalade near you

7. 2010 Lincoln Navigator L
It may not project the same attitude as its Cadillac rival, but the Lincoln Navigator L still does a great job of coddling passengers with luxury. It offers a tremendous amount of utility when you get the longer-wheelbase L model, with its extra cargo space behind the third row, and you can get into one for about $18,350.  Find a Lincoln Navigator L near you

8. 2011 GMC Yukon XL
If ostentatious luxury isn’t your thing but you’d like something a bit nicer than the standard run-of-the-mill full-size SUV, the GMC Yukon XL could be up your alley. A long wheelbase and extra cargo room makes the Yukon a great family hauler. It’s priced around $19,900. Find a GMC Yukon XL near you

9. 2014 Nissan Xterra
It may be gone from the Nissan lineup, but it’s not forgotten. Durable and rugged with body-on-frame construction, the Xterra offers a blend of off-road capability with the utility of a compact midsize SUV. And there’s plenty of power from its muscular V6. Priced from $18,100. Find a Nissan Xterra near you

10. 2005 Ford Excursion
If you really need the ultimate big boy of full-size SUVs, the 6.0-liter V8 diesel-powered Ford Excursion is it. This is one to get if you’re not only filling up the inside, but also have a huge trailer to tow. Expect to pay around $18,750. Find a Ford Excursion near you

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