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Most Stylish Used Cars Under $20,000 for 2019

You don’t need to buy a brand new expensive luxury car to wind up with an attractive vehicle here in 2019. Over the past decade, automakers have looked toward stylish designs as ways to differentiate their products from more mainstream vehicles, and there are now tons of good-looking options on the used market. Here we’ll outline some of our favorite stylish used cars available for around $20,000.

Audi A5

2008-2016 Audi A5

Thanks to its sculpted sides and aggressive looking roofline, the midsize A5 was instantly one of the most attractive cars on the road when it bowed for the 2008 model year. Early examples came with either a 2.0-liter turbo putting out 208 horsepower or a 3.2-liter V6 making 261 hp. Starting in 2011, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 replaced the 3.2, and made 268 hp. While front-wheel drive examples are out there, all-wheel drive is more common. Currently on Autotrader, there are around 650 pre-owned 2008-2016 Audi A5s for sale for around $20,000, most of which offer AWD. Additionally, there are also close to 200 high-performance S5s, although most come with higher mileage. Find an Audi A5 for sale

Mazda CX-5

2017-2018 Mazda CX-5

Many would argue that the CX-5 is the best looking compact SUV on the market, and the best part is that despite offering luxury-car looks, the CX-5 carries a mainstream price tag, with a brand new fully-loaded example coming in at under $39,000. Powering the 2017-2018 CX-5 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder putting out 187 hp and returning 26 miles per gallon combined with AWD. Inside, the CX-5 offers an interior befitting of its exterior design, with great materials and excellent design throughout. There are currently over 350 2017 and 2018 Mazda CX-5s listed on Autotrader for around $20,000, although many are front-wheel drive only. Options are limited for those insisting on AWD, with only around 50 to choose from. Find a Mazda CX-5 for sale

Volkswagen CC

2009-2017 Volkswagen CC

The CC came out in 2009 and received a face-lift for the 2013 model year, with sales continuing through 2017. The CC was one of the first vehicles on the market to introduce the “4-door coupe” body style, offering a low-slung sloping roofline with frameless side windows. Early models offered room for only four people, while a rear bench seat with room for three across was added for 2013. Power came from either a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder putting out 200 hp and powering the front wheels or a 3.6-liter V6 making 276 hp and powering either just the front wheels, or all four via VW’s 4Motion AWD system. Right now on Autotrader there are currently over 700 2009-2017 CCs listed for around $20,000 or less, some for as little as $6,000, if you’re willing to accept higher mileage. Find a Volkswagen CC for sale

2015-2018 Kia Optima

2015-2018 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is one of the more mainstream cars on this list, but that isn’t to say it isn’t a great looking vehicle. With a broad grille and angular taillights, along with a black roof and a sculpted C-pillar, the Optima looks more expensive than it really is. Power comes from a 2.4-liter 185-hp 4-cylinder, a 1.6-liter 178 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 245 hp. The Optima is also one of the newer vehicles on this list, and thanks to its low price when new, it isn’t hard for buyers to pick one up for cheap. There are more than 1,000 2015-2018 Kia Optimas listed on Autotrader for under $20,000. Find a Kia Optima for sale

2016-2017 Mazda Miata

2016-2017 Mazda Miata

The Mazda Miata is one of the most fun to drive cars on the market, for drivers of any skill level. Now in its fourth-generation, the “ND” Miata, as it’s known, came out for the 2016 model year, and buyers can now pick up an early example for a great price. While both a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission are offered, we recommend the manual, as its ease of use is part of what makes the Miata great. RIght now on Autotrader, there are over 125 2016 or 2017 Miatas listed for around $20,000, and more than half offer a manual transmission. There are also close to 100 FIAT 124 Spiders listed, which are mechanically similar to the Miata, and can even be an even better value than the Miata on the used market. Find a Mazda Miata for sale

2013-2017 Cadillac ATS

2013-2017 Cadillac ATS

Our list of stylish used cars concludes with the Cadillac ATS. The ATS sedan debuted for the 2013 model year as a competitor to European sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. A coupe version was introduced for 2015. A high performance V version was added for 2016, although those have yet to depreciate down to our $20,000 price range. Still, even the regular ATS offers sporty handling and attractive looks. Buyers can choose between either a basic 4-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 4-cylinder — which is available with a manual transmission — or a V6. Either RWD or AWD is available. There are currently around 800 2015-and-newer Cadillac ATS sedans for sale on Autotrader for around $20,000 or less. Buyers interested in the coupe — which is particularly attractive — have just over 100 to choose from in this price range. Find a Cadillac ATS for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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  1. The A5/S5/RS5 is one of the best looking cars under $100K.  It’s definitely on my list for my next car, whether it be in 2-door coupe/convertible or 4-door Sportback guise.  Good list.

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