Which used SUV should I buy for $20,000?
I currently own a 2005 tocoma TRD sport. The frame recall wasn't done on it and I've owned it since 2019. I'm looking to change vehicles as the frame is past it's prime. What's a better buy, Honda pilot, Toyota 4Runner, or Toyota highlander. My budget is max $20k. I was sold on the pilots, but am now reading more about the iffy transmission. Also, how high of mileage would still be reasonable to purchase one with?
The 4Runner is great but uses more gas compared to Highlander and it'll be harder to find a clean low mileage one.
Also, how high of mileage would still be reasonable to purchase one with?
There's no set rule as it depends a lot on how the car was taken care of and maintenance records. Also depends on how much you plan on driving it. But in general I would say 100k miles.
Based on those three, I would look at a Toyota Highlander. You may have to look for an older and higher mileage one. Make sure it has a well documented service history: oil change every 5,000 miles, transmission fluid change every 40,000 miles at a minimum.