The car market is wild these days – new cars often go well above MSRP and used cars are highly resistant to depreciation. What should a driver looking for a cheap set of wheels do? Fortunately, cheap used cars still exist, and some of them are not only cheap, but also safe, economical and economical too. Here are the best used cars under $20,000 you should consider buying.
About MotorTrend’s methodology: The Buyer’s Guide recognizes how important buying a used car can be, which is why we take it so seriously. Our methodology considers many of the same factors: our new car classification systemstarting with value. The experts at IntelliChoice conduct extensive research to assess the long-term value of 3-5 year old vehicles, meaning our picks start with the 2018 model year. IntelliChoice considers resale value, insurance costs, maintenance costs, fuel costs, and more. We prioritize models that get good or excellent IntelliChoice used car value. An above average JD Power quality and reliability rating is also a plus. Every vehicle we recommend must have earned one IIHS Top Safety Pick award of NHTSA five-star overall safety rating and a stock of used cars with less than 80,000 miles (the upper limit for many automakers) CPO Programs†