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If you're interested in buying an all-wheel-drive car on a tight budget, you might find many new models are out of your price range. That's where our latest list comes in, as we've rounded up six excellent all-wheel-drive cars you can buy for less than $20,000 with a certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty. Certified pre-owned vehicles are a few years older than new models, but they tout manufacturer-backed warranty coverage, which will give you the same peace of mind you'd have from buying a new car.

2013-2014 Ford Escape

The latest Ford Escape is a handsome compact crossover offering an engine choice and trim level for just about everyone, from fuel-efficient and sporty to budget-priced and premium. We especially recommend an SE model with the brand's Convenience package, as you'll receive an 8-inch touchscreen with the ever-improving MyFord Touch system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 9-speaker sound system, alloy wheels and automatic headlights. Opt for a certified pre-owned model, and you'll also have Ford's 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, along with a wide selection, as there are more than 220 different certified pre-owned 2013-2014 Escape models on Autotrader with all-wheel drive.

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2012-2014 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is an excellent compact crossover offering stable, secure handling, impressive reliability and a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter engine. If you're interested in a CR-V, we especially recommend choosing a 2012 or later model, as that's when the crossover was most recently redesigned to offer more refinement and additional interior room. We also recommend going for Honda's certified pre-owned warranty, which boasts 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date. If that sounds appealing, you'll have an excellent selection to choose from, as there are nearly 400 different certified pre-owned 2012-2014 CR-V models with all-wheel drive on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less.

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2012-2014 Kia Sorento

Although there aren't a lot of all-wheel-drive midsize SUVs available, if you can find one with a certified pre-owned warranty for $20,000 or less, the 2012-2014 Kia Sorento checks all of our boxes. Not only does it offer an excellent certified pre-owned warranty (with up to 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage), but the Sorento touts available 3-row seating and reasonable pricing. There are currently almost 100 different all-wheel-drive 2012-2014 Sorento models on Autotrader with the brand's CPO warranty. If you can find one, we especially recommend an EX model, which includes automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats and more.

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2011-2013 Subaru Outback

Although $20,000 won't buy you a brand-new Outback, it should have no trouble securing you a certified pre-owned version of the outgoing model, which offers many of the same benefits. Standard all-wheel drive is, of course, one of them, but we also like the Outback's reputation for reliability, its surprisingly roomy interior and its long list of available features, including leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats and Bluetooth, assuming you step up to a Limited model. You should have no trouble finding one, as there are currently nearly 120 different 2011-2013 Outback models listed on Autotrader with Subaru's certified pre-owned warranty, which boasts powertrain coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles with no deductible.

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2013-2014 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a highly popular compact crossover, which entered its fourth generation with a full redesign for the 2013 model year. While new models start above $20,000 with shipping, shoppers can have their pick of certified pre-owned all-wheel-drive 2013-2014 RAV4 models at that price point, as there are currently almost 100 available nationwide on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. We especially recommend trying to find a midlevel RAV4 XLE, as it includes desirable features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof and alloy wheels, not to mention Toyota's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for 1 year or 12,000 miles and powertrain protection for 7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date.

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2010-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover offering excellent build quality, a sporty 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and if you choose one with a certified pre-owned warranty, Volkswagen's excellent warranty coverage, which boasts 2 years or 24,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage once the original factory warranty runs out. While a new Tiguan is pricier than compact crossovers from rival automakers, a certified pre-owned 2010-2014 model should be easy to find within our price range, as there are currently almost 100 different examples available on Autotrader with all-wheel drive for $20,000 or less.

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