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6 Best Used Nissans Under $20,000

The Nissan of recent years is generally known as a value-driven alternative to Honda and Toyota. As such, while you’re typically able to find a great deal on a brand-new Nissan, the trickle-down effect of this means that you’re also able to find great deals on pre-owned Nissans as well. Here are a number of modern used Nissans available for around $20,000 that would fit a variety of needs.

2018 Nissan Rogue

2018 Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is Nissan’s entry into the popular compact SUV segment and counts the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V as its main competitors. While its primarily offered as a 5-seater, the Rogue was available with a third row for the 2014 through 2017 model years. But take note — the vehicle’s limited size means the added-on back seats will really only be appropriate for small children. At the $20,000 mark, expect to find a Rogue from as recent as the 2019 model year. Under the hood is a 170 horsepower 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. We don’t love this transmission, so make sure you drive up a steep grade on your test drive to see whether you can tolerate it yourself. Either way, the Rogue gets decent fuel economy and has good safety ratings. Focus your search on a 2017 or newer model. Your options on Autotrader are virtually endless. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Rogue Sport is a smaller, more affordable and — you guessed it — sportier alternative to the regular Rogue. Compared with its larger sibling, the Rogue Sport is 12 inches shorter, and its wheelbase is 2 inches shorter. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 141 hp, paired with a CVT. All-wheel drive is optional. A good mix of active safety features are available on the Rogue, though they were only offered on upper trims during the vehicle’s first few years of production. Beyond this, the Rogue Sport offers a comfortable cabin, a decent array of tech and efficient packaging that allows for more cargo than you’d expect. As it barely costs over $20,000 when new, you’ll have tons of used Rogue Sports to choose from for around $20K or less. Find a Nissan Rogue Sport for sale

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

While the Pathfinder was a rugged body-on-frame SUV in previous generations, the modern-day Pathfinder, introduced for the 2013 model year, is a unibody crossover SUV with room for up to seven passengers. This means it trades its off-road capability and truck-like construction for a platform similar to what you get with a sedan or minivan, which allows for greater efficiency, more family-friendly packaging and a more sedate ride. The Pathfinder counts vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot as its primary competitors, and as far as used Nissans go, it makes for the best family vehicle. Right now on Autotrader, there are loads of sub-$20K Pathfinders listed, many of which come with AWD. We’d focus our search on models from 2017 or newer, which received a minor update from previous years. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

The Altima is a popular midsize sedan similar to the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. It offers a comfortable ride, a good array of safety features and plenty of room. At the $20,000 mark, it’s possible to pick up a current-generation Altima, which was introduced for 2019. There are currently tons to choose from on Autotrader that would fit the bill — a handful of which are even optioned with AWD, which is a new feature added to the Altima lineup as part of the 2019 redesign. Buyers wanting more power can look to a previous-generation Altima from the 2016 through 2018 model years equipped with the V6 engine, and there are around 150 to choose from at this price point. Find a Nissan Altima for sale

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

As a sportier, more stylish alternative to the Altima, the Maxima is a great option for buyers wanting an upscale sedan but not wanting to foray into German luxury car ownership. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. This is more than you’ll get out of the Altima V6 from the same model years, which was already plenty powerful. The Maxima was marketed by Nissan as a 4-door sports car and offers a comfortable cabin and decent handling, despite being front-wheel drive. While it’s traditionally been larger than the Altima, the present-day versions of these two vehicles are very similarly sized, so the Maxima buyer is someone who’ll appreciate the vehicle’s added style and performance. Find a Nissan Maxima for sale

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Nissan Leaf

The all-electric Leaf is a great vehicle for short trips such as running errands around town, provided you have the means to charge it. Additionally, its hatchback body style means that it offers good practicality to go with its great energy efficiency. Buyers with $20K to spend on a used Leaf can hope to find a 2016 or newer model, which offered 107 miles of range on a charge — more than enough for the daily needs of most drivers. If you live in a two-car household, the Leaf is a great second vehicle, provided your primary vehicle can serve you for longer trips. Right now on Autotrader, there are close to 600 2016-or-newer Leafs listed for $20,000 or less. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

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