Rugged on a Budget: 4x4s Under $20,000

Rugged Under $20,000
As the seasons change, demand for weather-worthy transportation goes on the upswing. Autumn months are a prime time for buying vehicles that have the brute power, determined traction and rugged reliance needed to tackle the rain, mud, sleet and snow of winter. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average new-car price in the U.S. hovers around $35,000. And the average price for a new vehicle with all-wheel drive capability is often more than that. Budget-minded shoppers will be looking at used vehicles — in this case 4-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs that cost less than $20,000 and deliver the peace of mind needed to face the dark demons of winter. What follows are 15 great choices.

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