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6 Great Used Full-Size SUVs for Under $20,000

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If you're interested in buying a full-size SUV on a tight budget, you've probably realized that new models are out of the question. After all, the starting price of popular large SUVs, such as the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe, is now well in excess of $40,000 -- a big increase over what these models used to cost about a decade ago. So is it possible to get a good used full-size SUV on a budget? We think so -- and as proof, we've rounded up our six favorite used full-size SUVs available today for around $20,000 or less.

2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade isn't just a full-size SUV -- it's a full-size SUV that feels a lot like a luxury car. If you opt for a 2007-2009 model, you'll get a truly generous list of equipment, including xenon headlights, a power lift gate, adaptive suspension, park assist, leather upholstery and heated rear seats -- all of which are standard. Better yet, the Escalade offers luxury-car ride quality and a tremendously comfortable interior -- not to mention room for the whole family and their accessories. And that says nothing of the 400-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 under the hood that can help the Escalade pull just about anything. The icing on the cake? There are more than 400 different examples of the 2007-2009 Escalade available on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less.

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2007-2010 Chevrolet Suburban

When it comes to full-size SUVs, you can't get much more "full-size" than the Chevrolet Suburban -- and that's a good thing if you're looking for the ultimate family hauler. Redesigned in 2007 with more interior room and improved capabilities compared to its predecessor, the Suburban touts generous space in all three rows and room for cargo in the back. There's also a standard 5.3-liter V8 that boasts 320 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque for drivers looking to tow heavy loads. And if you're on a budget, you'll be happy to know that there are more than 1,500 different 2007-2010 Suburban models available on Autotrader for a reasonable asking price of around $20,000 or less.

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2008-2011 Ford Expedition

There are currently almost 800 different examples of the 2008-2011 Ford Expedition on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less. That's great news for shoppers who are on a budget but interested in an excellent full-size SUV. In addition to a roomy interior and bold styling, the Expedition offers a brawny 5.4-liter V8 that touts 300 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, which is perfect for drivers looking to tow. And if you opt for an upscale Limited or King Ranch model, you'll never know you aren't in a luxury SUV, thanks to heated and cooled front seats, power adjustable pedals, dual power front seats and available load-leveling rear air suspension.

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2007-2010 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon comes in two flavors: big and really big. The standard model, simply dubbed the Yukon, offers a large interior and an impressive 5.3-liter V8. The larger Yukon XL keeps that V8 but adds additional room in back for improved cargo capacity. And if you want more of everything, GMC also offers that in the Yukon Denali. The Denali borrows the Cadillac Escalade's muscular 6.2-liter V8, along with luxury features such as chrome trim, heated rear seats, a power liftgate, adaptive air suspension and dual power front seats. If any of that sounds appealing, you should have no trouble finding any used Yukon you want. There are around 1,500 2007-2010 vehicles available on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less.

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2008-2010 Nissan Armada

Although the Nissan Armada hasn't been as popular as big-time rivals -- such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition -- it still offers many major benefits to shoppers interested in a full-size SUV. The 317-hp 5.6-liter V8, for instance, comes standard and offers a towing-friendly 385 lb-ft of torque. We also like its long list of equipment -- especially in the LE model, which touts keyless starting, 20-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable pedals, a backup camera, heated front seats and a 10-speaker Bose stereo. That's the one we'd go for -- and you should have no trouble finding it, as there are nearly 400 different 2008-2010 Armada models for sale on Autotrader with an asking price of around $20,000 or less.

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2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia

Although we like the early versions of Toyota's full-size Sequoia SUV, which came out way back in 2001, we especially appreciate the second-generation model that debuted for the 2008 model year. Offering more modern styling and a standard V8 (276 hp and 4.7 liters, with a 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 optional), the latest Sequoia can go head-to-head with any Tahoe or Expedition. Step up to the Platinum and it can even take on the Cadillac Escalade, thanks to standard features such as leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a navigation system, a power liftgate, a sunroof and an upscale JBL sound system. You'll have to look hard to find one, though, as there are only 100 different 2008-2010 Sequoia models available on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less -- a far cry from the larger number of rival models, such as the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

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