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8 Best Used Fords Under $20,000

A $20,000 budget can go a long way when shopping for a used car, especially a used Ford car, truck or SUV. With lots of modern options available, there’s a used Ford for just about everyone. Here are some of the best used Fords you can find on Autotrader for less than $20,000 in 2020.

2018 Ford Edge

2015-2018 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a stylish and sporty choice in midsize 2-row SUVs. Redesigned in 2015, the Edge boasts agile handling that pairs well with its range of lively engines, including an efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder as a base engine. The Edge also has an upscale interior that you might expect to find in a more expensive SUV. Impressive safety scores and a good reliability record make the Edge good as an everyday commuter or for families who don’t need a third row of seats. Find a Ford Edge for sale

2018 Ford Escape

2017-2019 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a good choice in the competitive field of compact crossover SUVs. With one of the biggest cargo holds in its class, it’s on the more practical and utilitarian side of small SUVs. The Escape got a face-lift for 2017, which updated the styling and added a new turbocharged engine option, more available tech — including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay — and driver assistance features, such as parking assist, automatic high-beams, lane-keeping assist and more. With good performance and good fuel economy, the Escape is a very well-rounded compact crossover. Find a Ford Escape for sale

2014 Ford Expedition

2007-2014 Ford Expedition

Drivers looking for truck-like capabilities in a family-friendly SUV should look to the full-size Ford Expedition. The Expedition is a big SUV with a ton of space in its 3-row interior. You get even more space if you opt for the available long-wheelbase Expedition EL model. The ride is smooth, and the standard V8 engine delivers plenty of power. Some full-size SUVs have surprisingly cramped third-row seating, but all of your passengers will be plenty comfortable in the roomy Expedition. Find a Ford Expedition for sale

2019 Ford Explorer

2016-2019 Ford Explorer

The previous generation of the Ford Explorer got a nice update for the 2016 model year, which gave it refreshed styling, a bigger turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a new hands-free power lift gate and some revised controls that are more user-friendly. The Explorer is an agreeable and capable midsize family SUV with standard 3-row seating and impressive off-road prowess when equipped with 4-wheel drive. The engines are strong and the ride is smooth. Overall, there’s little to complain about from behind the wheel of an Explorer. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

2014 Ford F-150

2011-2014 Ford F-150

The twelfth-generation Ford F-150 is in a sweet spot of value right now. If you’re looking for a used pickup truck, this one should definitely be on your list of trucks to test drive. This truck got a major revamp to its engine lineup in 2011, introducing a new V8, a new base V6 and the excellent EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 — which delivers better performance than the available 5.0-liter V8 while returning better fuel economy. Other virtues of the F-150 include a high-quality interior, good safety scores and the capability you would expect from a Ford truck. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

2019 Ford Flex

2013-2019 Ford Flex

An off-beat choice in used Fords is the Ford Flex, which is a midsize crossover with a funky aesthetic. This SUV (or wagon, or whatever you want to call it) is family-friendly with three rows of seats and decent cargo space thanks to its space-efficient boxy design. If you spring for the available EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, you’ll get shockingly strong performance for a practical family hauler. The Flex looks unlike anything else on the road, making it a good choice for drivers looking for a sensible crossover that stands out from the crowd. Find a Ford Flex for sale

2018 Ford Fusion

2017-2020 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion may be on its way out as Ford shifts its focus to more SUVs, but a used Fusion is still a great buy for shoppers looking for a good midsize family sedan. The Fusion got an update for 2017 with revised styling, a couple of new trims and the excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system, which replaces the preceding not-so-excellent MyFord Touch system. The Fusion has a very nice cabin with plenty of space and one of the bigger trunks in this class. We also like the strong engine options and available all-wheel drive that this Ford sedan offers. Find a Ford Fusion for sale

2017 Ford Mustang

2015-2017 Ford Mustang

Earlier examples of the Ford Mustang, ranging from 2015 to 2017, can be had for under $20,000. Not only is this a gorgeous sports car with an upscale interior to match, but it’s a blast to drive with any of its available engines — from the strong, yet thrifty EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder to the raucous Coyote V8 in the GT model. The Mustang is available as a coupe or a convertible, and it’s great for drivers looking for a powerful muscle car or just anyone who wants a cool-looking car. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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