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10 Best Used Family Sedans Under $20,000

Newsflash: the American family car doesn’t have to be an SUV. It’s true. Yes, SUVs are practical but sedans offer better fuel economy, more agile handling and a smoother ride. Plus, a large four-door sedan has no trouble swallowing a week’s worth of luggage and gear for a family of four. Family sedans come in a wide variety of flavors from backroad hustler to comfortable cruiser. Here are our selections for the 10 Best Family Sedans Under $20,000.

1. 2017 Nissan Maxima

2017 Nissan Maxima

Few family cars can target multiple missions as well as the Maxima. The Maxima has long been known as Nissan’s “Four-Door Sports Car.” It has the moves too, launching from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. But it’s also distinctively styled and packed with near-luxury car appointments on the inside. But the thing families will like most is that the Max has plenty of space inside for both people and stuff. Find a Nissan Maxima for sale

2. 2019 Subaru Legacy

2019 Subaru Legacy

This sedan checks all the boxes for those that are looking for excellent safety and reliability ratings. The dependable Legacy offers a smooth ride and a more upright driving position. And since it’s a Subaru, the sedan comes standard with all-wheel drive to help plow through the Winter’s worst. But fun? The Subaru probably isn’t the car for those looking for driving excitement. Find a Subaru Legacy for sale

3. 2017 Chrysler 300

2017 Chrysler 300

The 300 is a rear-drive sedan that, when optioned with a V8, turns into a legitimate muscle car. Yes, it’s fun to drive and looks a little gangster too. Sure, it’s a little old school, but the 300 can be solid choice for families with a big 16.3 cu-ft trunk and just over 40-inches of rear-seat legroom—near the top of the class. Find a Chrysler 300 for sale

4. 2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Toyota Camry
The Camry is the rock-solid choice for sedan family transport. It’s been a best-seller for decades. The Camry’s ride is smooth, its interior is exceptionally roomy and its reputation for reliability has been proven. There’s a reason Toyota has so many repeat buyers. Most Camrys have four-cylinder engines. If stealthy speed is a priority, the V6 cars are surprisingly quick. Find a Toyota Camry for sale

5. 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

If mainstream family sedans seem a little boring, the Optima might be a good fit. The design is fresh. And selecting the peppy 2.0-liter turbo engine ensures mom and dad will be smiling after dropping the kids are at school. The Optima also carries a Top Safety Pick Plus rating (its highest) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s a Kia too, so it’s packed with value including many features normally found on more expensive cars. Find a Kia Optima for sale

6. 2017 Honda Accord

2017 Honda Accord

The Accord was re-styled in 2016 bringing a fresh upscale look to the company’s popular family sedan. The reliable Accord has battled the Camry for the top midsize sedan sales title for decades. But there’s one thing for certain, the Accord is more fun to drive. Honda has a way of building in driving enjoyment without sacrificing comfort. For the most smiles, shop for one with a manual transmission. But if saving fuel is a priority, the hybrid model almost touches 50 mpg. Find a Honda Accord for sale

7. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The smooth, modern design of the Ford Fusion still looks good today as it did when this model was made-new in 2013. When shopping the hybrid model, which returns a stellar 43 mpg city and 41 mpg on the highway, look for the SE. That’s not the top model Platinum model loaded with comfort like leather seats but the SE can be optioned with most of the same safety equipment for less. As a family hauler, the Fusion hybrid exceptionally quiet but with a 0-60 mph time of around 9 seconds, it’s certainly not the quickest car here. Find a Ford Fusion for sale

8. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

2019 Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata has become an excellent foil to the Camry and Accord offering a value-packed alternative with a long list of options and powertrains. The Hyundai was made new just a year before and the company traded some daily driving comfort for improved backroad hustling. Still, this is an easy family sedan to like. The SEL trim is where the top safety equipment becomes optional. Looking for a zippy experience? The 245 hp 2.0-liter turbo models are the most fun. But the 1.6-liter Eco brings a solid 37 mpg on the highway. Find a Hyundai Sonata for sale

9. 2018 Mazda6

2018 Mazda6

The family sedan doesn’t need to be boring to look at or drive. In fact, the Mazda6 is so rewarding to fling through a set of switchbacks one might forget for a moment that this machine excels at transporting people and stuff too. It has almost 38 inches of rear seat legroom which is just an inch shy of the much larger Impala. And the attractive Mazda6 is furnished with an upscale interior, so it’s a little like getting a discount luxury sedan. Find a Mazda6 for sale

10. 2018 Chevrolet Impala

2018 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is a bit of a throwback to a time where large sedans ruled the American roadways. And this ’18 is a wonderful machine to take the family on a road trip—it lives for highway cruising. It’s no sport sedan but it won’t make anyone carsick on a canyon road either. The Impala was the flagship of Chevy’s car line so even the least expensive ones are packed with features. Find a Chevrolet Impala for sale

10 Best Used Family Cars Under $20,000

1. 2017 Nissan Maxima

2. 2019 Subaru Legacy

3. 2017 Chrysler 300

4. 2017 Toyota Camry

5. 2018 Kia Optima

6. 2017 Honda Accord

7. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

8. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

9. 2018 Mazda6

10. 2018 Chevrolet Impala

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