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10 Best Used Luxury SUVs Under $20,000


Practical, spacious, and capable — but with a luxurious twist. It’s easy to see why luxury SUVs make popular used car choices.

With a $20,000 budget, you can cast a surprisingly wide net when it comes time to shop for a used luxury SUV. Here’s a look at 10 of the best values for $20,000 or less.

1. 2010-2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a 3-row luxury SUV with sporty moves and plenty of V6 power under the hood; plus, it offers more tech than you may expect for the price. Its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system ensures winter driving confidence. See Acura MDX models for sale

2. 2013-2015 Acura RDX

2015 Acura RDX

Smaller than the MDX but packing similarly impressive handling and a comfortable ride — plus a robust V6 engine — the Acura RDX offers tremendous value. These comfortable, well-equipped models have a solid reputation for reliability. See Acura RDX models for sale

3. 2013-2015 Audi Q5

2015 Audi Q5

With its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and poised chassis, the Audi Q5 is a fun-to-drive small luxury SUV. Hop inside, and you’ll find an impressive infotainment system and Audi’s characteristic close attention to detail in design and materials. See Audi Q5 models for sale

4. 2009-2012 BMW X5

2012 BMW X5

Enthusiasts, take note. The BMW X5 is a midsize SUV with sports sedan-grade handling and an appealing choice of strong 6- and 8-cylinder engines, including a frugal turbodiesel. While not noted for inexpensive maintenance costs, these comfortable SUVs may be worth the outlay if winding roads are your thing. See BMW X5 models for sale

5. 2011-2015 Cadillac SRX

2015 Cadillac SRX

Striking styling and a comfortable cabin with approachable tech make the Cadillac SRX a must-shop. You can find this high-value model with lower mileage than many of its rivals. See Cadillac SRX models for sale

6. 2014-2016 Infiniti QX60

2016 Infiniti QX60

If you’re looking to maximize interior volume in a 3-row luxury SUV, the Infiniti QX60 is an imperative option. Top tip: Infiniti called this model “JX35” for the 2012 and 2013 model years, so you may want to add those to your shopping list. See Infiniti QX60 models for sale

7. 2009-2013 Lexus RX

2013 Lexus RX

This perennial favorite offers tremendous appeal thanks to its spacious interior, supple ride, and the choice of robust V6 and frugal hybrid powertrains. Tack on Lexus’ impressive reputation for reliability, and the RX may be just what the doctor ordered. See Lexus RX models for sale

8. 2011-2014 Lincoln MKX

2014 Lincoln MKX

Between its bold looks and its comfortable cabin equipped with a high-tech infotainment system and unusually plush seats, the Lincoln MKX is a 5-seat SUV with plenty of appeal. You may be able to find one with more luxury features than you expect from a sub-$20,000 SUV, including cooled seats and THX-certified audio. See Lincoln MKX models for sale

9. 2013-2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Mazda CX-9

You might not think of Mazda as a luxury brand, but the automaker’s sporty, 3-row CX-9 treads close to premium territory in higher trim levels. You’ll find soft, aromatic leather, premium audio, and a comfortable, refined feel. Look for a well-equipped Grand Touring, and you’ll have an upscale ride that definitely won’t break the bank. See Mazda CX-9 models for sale

10. 2012-2015 Volvo XC60

2015 Volvo XC60

You’ll find plenty of turbocharged punch under the hood of the slickly styled Volvo XC60, plus these 5-seat SUVs were specially outfitted with safety tech for the money when they were new. Look for the XC60 Inscription trim level for an unusually high level of luxury features. See Volvo XC60 models for sale

10 Best Used Luxury SUVs Under $20,000

1. 2010-2014 Acura MDX
2. 2013-2015 Acura RDX
3. 2013-2015 Audi Q5
4. 2009-2012 BMW X5
5. 2011-2015 Cadillac SRX
6. 2014-2016 Infiniti QX60
7. 2009-2013 Lexus RX
8. 2011-2014 Lincoln MKX
9. 2013-2015 Mazda CX-9
10. 2012-2015 Volvo XC60

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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