A midsize SUV isn’t too small, and it isn’t too big. For a lot of drivers, it’s just right. Whether you’re looking for two rows of seats or three, there’s a midsize SUV out there that can fit your family and your budget better than you might think.
Here are six great midsize SUVs you can find on Autotrader for less than $15,000 in 2020.
2010-2013 Acura MDX
The Acura MDX is a go-to choice for anyone looking for a three-row SUV that’s nicer than your average crossover. On top of its luxurious and family-friendly interior, it has a strong standard V6 engine, agile handling, user-friendly technology and generous cargo space for this class. The MDX also has standard all-wheel drive, which makes it a great choice for snowy climates where that extra traction can make a big difference when the roads get slick. The MDX is a well-rounded crossover that’s a good fit for a wide range of drivers. Find an Acura MDX for sale
2013-2017 Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevy Traverse has quickly become a popular choice among family crossovers for its big interior space and a third row of seats that actually has some decent legroom and plenty of cargo space to boot. The Traverse excels at what all crossovers like this aim to do: it offers the utility of an SUV with a carlike driving experience. The first-generation Traverse got a nice facelift for 2013 with updated styling inside and out plus a newly standard backup camera and a newly available MyLink infotainment system. For a practical minivan alternative, the Traverse is a top choice. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale
2011-2014 Ford Edge
In the world of sporty two-row midsize SUVs, there are few that can compete with the Ford Edge, especially at its price point. The Edge is for the driver who doesn’t need a third row of seats but likes the idea of a versatile SUV that’s also fun to drive. The Edge also has a premium interior that’s packed with desirable features and it has a great history of reliability. You have three choices for what lies under the hood: the base V6, a more efficient EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four or a brawny V6, meaning there’s an Edge for just about anybody. Find a Ford Edge for sale
2010-2019 Lincoln MKT
An often forgotten midsize crossover is the Lincoln MKT, which kind of straddles the line between SUV and wagon. It has an unconventional shape and an aesthetic that blends old-school Lincoln styling with a more modern look, which makes for a totally unique crossover. It has three rows of seats, and many MKT models are equipped with a stellar twin-turbo V6 engine that gives it more exciting performance than you might expect from a Lincoln crossover. Luxury, family-friendly practicality and surprising performance come together nicely in the MKT. Find a Lincoln MKT for sale
2003-2010 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne is arguably the original driver’s crossover. It’s a sensible midsize SUV that lives up to its Porsche roots with a fun driving character that few of its rivals can imitate. If you’re looking for the most comfortable and reliable SUV, you may want to look elsewhere, but the Cayenne is truly the Porsche of SUVs, and its standard AWD gives it an extra measure of practicality and makes it a surprisingly good off-roader if you’re inclined to leave the pavement. The Cayenne got a facelift for 2008, giving it a look that we think is aging better than the pre-facelift model’s. Find a Porsche Cayenne for sale
2011-2013 Toyota Highlander
It’s not hard to see why the Toyota Highlander is such a popular vehicle for families. It has three rows of seats, it has the safety and reliability you’d expect from Toyota, it’s reasonably priced, and it’s good on gas. This Highlander has a base engine that is efficient but a bit underpowered if you’re planning on carrying a lot of passengers often. If you intend to use most of its seven seats regularly, we recommend upgrading to the much stronger V6, which is a required upgrade if you want the option of AWD. For a family SUV with quality you can trust, it’s hard to beat the trusty Highlander. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale