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Best New Cars for Under $20,000

Contrary to what many people think, a great, dependable car doesn’t have to cost you half the price of a home. You can find plenty of vehicles for under $20,000 that provide superior fuel economy and plenty of features to keep you both entertained and informed on the road. Here are five of the best cars you can score for under $20k that will leave you wanting for nothing. 

  1. Chevrolet Cruze
    This Chevy masterpiece perfectly combines elegance and fuel efficiency, and it starts at only $16,000. The exterior is sharp, and the car also boasts impressive fuel mileage of 28 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The Cruze doesn’t lack bells and whistles either, boasting up-to-date technology, such as a built-in Wi-fi hotspot, OnStar RemoteLink that allows you to start your car from your cell phone, and a 7-inch touchscreen on the dash. 
  2. Ford Fiesta
    This modern-looking car starts at a mere $14,000, and it will definitely feel like a party while you’re driving it. You can purchase this car in either the sporty hatchback version or elegant sedan version, and with both, you can enjoy a 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The Fiesta is quite a deal, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on technology. You can enjoy a voice-activated infotainment system, push-button start, Reverse Sensing System, and optional MyKey, which allows you to limit top speeds, audio volume, and more if you want to ensure the safety of a teen driver. 
  3. Honda Civic
    The reliable Civic has always been one of the best economy cars on the road, and the 2015 model does not disappoint. This compact car starts at around $18,000 for the basic coupe, and it offers 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. In addition to not breaking your budget, the Civic also provides you with many up-to-date features, including a rear-view camera, 7-inch touchscreen, push-button start, and to top it all off, the Civic is one of the highest ranked small vehicles when it comes to safety. 
  4. Dodge Dart
    Starting at $16,500, the Dart packs a lot of features and sportiness for a very affordable price. Like most of the cars in its class, the Dart has great gas mileage at 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway. This car is reminiscent of a racecar with its racetrack tail lamp and chiseled lines, and the interior is decked out with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, a fully customizable digital gauge, and real-time weather and traffic updates. 
  5. Mazda3
    It’s almost unbelievable that this car starts at only $18,000 because the stylish exterior could rival cars of much higher price points. This new model is somewhat of a sedan-hatchback hybrid, which makes it a perfect, modern economy car. In addition to offering 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway fuel economy, the Mazda3 also has features such as blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and Mazda Connect, which is a hands-free infotainment system, so you can keep up with traffic and enjoy your favorite tunes. 
Last Updated: October 17, 2017