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10 Best Used Large SUVs Under $20,000


Big SUVs offer serious passenger-hauling and towing capabilities, but they tend to be accompanied by an outsized price tag. But if you’ve got a budget of $20,000 or less, you can still find some affordable big SUVs out there.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best used large SUVs for under $20,000.

1. 2011 Cadillac Escalade

2011 Cadillac Escalade front right
Get the 2011 Cadillac Escalade for under $20,000.

Yes, you can find a sub-$20,000 Cadillac Escalade, especially if you don’t mind a few more miles on its odometer. Top tip: the rare Escalade Hybrid offers a noticeable fuel-economy boost, especially in in-town driving. See 2011 Cadillac Escalade models for sale near you

2. 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

2012 Chevrolet Suburban
Get the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban for under $20,000.

If you genuinely need three rows of seating and a spacious cargo area — and need both at the same time — there are few vehicles better suited to heavy hauling than the Chevrolet Suburban. These big SUVs can haul up to 9,000 pounds. See 2012 Chevrolet Suburban models for sale near you

3. 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe
Get the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe for under $20,000.

Since its inception for the 1995 model year, the Chevy Tahoe has long been a hot choice for shoppers interested in a capable SUV with classy styling and a comfortable cabin. Look for the dressy LTZ trim level for a downright luxurious feature set. See 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe models for sale near you

4. 2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Ford Expedition
Get the 2013 Ford Expedition for under $20,000.

Ford’s big SUV came in two lengths. Shop the Expedition EL if you need a little more luggage space, or stick with the standard model if you’re trying to squeeze it into a typical suburban garage. These SUVs boast an impressive turbocharged V6 powertrain and a comfortable ride thanks to an independent rear suspension. See 2013 Ford Expedition models for sale near you

5. 2012 GMC Yukon

2012 GMC Yukon
Get the 2012 GMC Yukon for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Like the Chevy Tahoe but want something a little less ordinary? The GMC Yukon is identical beneath the skin. Its most significant difference is the range-topping Denali trim level, which came standard with an upsized V8 engine and an even more luxurious interior. You may have to dial back to a model older than 2012, but good Yukon Denalis are easy enough to find. See 2012 GMC Yukon models for sale near you

6. 2012 GMC Yukon XL

2012 GMC Yukon XL
Get the 2012 GMC Yukon XL for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

 

The Yukon XL is GMC’s take on the Chevy Suburban, with slight styling differences. It also offers the high-end Yukon XL Denali trim level’s added appeal with its softer leather and its 403-horsepower V8. See 2012 GMC Yukon XL models for sale

7. 2011 Infiniti QX56

2011 Infiniti QX56
Get the 2011 Infiniti QX56 for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

The biggest Infiniti SUV was redesigned for 2011, and its basic design carries over today. These luxurious SUVs remain appealing choices with a beautiful cabin loaded with sophisticated details, plus an ultra-comfortable ride. See 2011 Infiniti QX56 models for sale

8. 2011 Lincoln Navigator

2011 Lincoln Navigator
Get the 2011 Lincoln Navigator for under $20,000.

The Lincoln Navigator touts sophisticated lines outside that have aged well, even though today’s hot car market means that you may struggle to find a newer model for $20,000 or less. Still, these are solid SUVs with soft leather and real wood trim inside. See 2011 Lincoln Navigator models for sale

9. 2013 Nissan Armada

2013 Nissan Armada
Get the 2013 Nissan Armada for under $20,000.

The Nissan Armada is a bold, big SUV with lots of personality between its edgy styling and massive interior. In addition, its 5.6-liter V8 engine offers towing ability for up to 9,000 pounds. See 2013 Nissan Armada models for sale

10. 2011 Toyota Sequoia

2011 Toyota Sequoia
Get the 2011 Toyota Sequoia for under $20,000.

Toyota’s unparalleled reputation for reliability means we wouldn’t necessarily shrug off a higher-mile example of its big Sequoia SUV. These 3-row SUVs have a comfortable cabin and a robust 5.7-liter V8, although they can use a lot of fuel. See 2011 Toyota Sequoia models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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