Consumer Reports offers the best used cars for under $20,000

Many publications often provide their list for what the best and most affordable used cars are, but few are more well-respected than Consumer Reports. A number of writers for the venerable publication recently unveiled what they believe are the best used cars under $20,000, and there are a lot of familiar names but a few models might surprise some readers.

The Honda Accord made the cut, which likely will not shock anybody who is even a casual follower of the automobile industry. Often regarded as one of the most reliable sedans, the Accord offers a sleek look while still providing a fuel-efficient option at an affordable price. Expert Jeff Barlett also cited the Ford Fusion as another one of his favorite choices.

"The Fusion can often be found for a great price, but the added space and sharper lines of the Accord would have me leaning in that direction," he wrote for the publication. "Either would provide good safety protection compared against typical, new small cars at that price point adding appeal to shopping used."

Of course, not all drivers are looking for a compact sedan like the Accord or the Fusion. For those in the market for a new truck or SUV, Consumer Reports reminds its readers that there are still affordable and fuel-efficient options. In particular, the Toyota Highlander resonated with reviewer Eric Evarts, who says that despite the fact it comes at a manageable size, the Highlander provides plenty of towing power for those who need it.

For families who need more storage and seating than anything else, a minivan is the obvious choice, and according to the publication's Tom Mutchler, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is the way to go for those looking to stay under the $20,000 level. With room for eight and a camera that makes backing up a cinch, the Odyssey is more than a suitable choice for families.

Regardless of whether or not you're looking for a used vehicle that provides you with optimal towing power like the Highlander or one that will make the morning commute just a little less painful like the Fusion, New Jersey Auto Auction is sure to have it at an affordable price.