best cars under 20k

best cars under 20k

Best Cars Under 20k

It would be impossible to put together a list of the best new cars under $20k without mentioning the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The sedan version was updated just last year, and a hatchback joins the lineup for 2017. The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan has been an absolute home run for General Motors, as the good-looking and well-designed automobile has helped to erase the memory of decades of sub-par entry-level efforts from the company. The Chevrolet Cruze, like many affordable cars, also boasts excellent fuel mileage: its optional 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine returns 30 MPG in city driving and 42 MPG on the highway while producing 138 horsepower. Pricing for both versions of the Cruze will be revealed later in 2016, but we expect it to stay within our price range.
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Best Cars Under 20k

1) 2017 Chevrolet Cruze — MSRP not yet available Page 1 of 12 1) 2017 Chevrolet Cruze — MSRP not yet available It would be impossible to put together a list of the best new cars under $20k without mentioning the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The sedan version was updated just last year, and a hatchback joins the lineup for 2017. The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan has been an absolute home run for General Motors, as the good-looking and well-designed automobile has helped to erase the memory of decades of sub-par entry-level efforts from the company. The Chevrolet Cruze, like many affordable cars, also boasts excellent fuel mileage: its optional 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine returns 30 MPG in city driving and 42 MPG on the highway while producing 138 horsepower. Pricing for both versions of the Cruze will be revealed later in 2016, but we expect it to stay within our price range.
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Best Cars Under 20k

1) 2017 Chevrolet Cruze — MSRP not yet available It would be impossible to put together a list of the best new cars under $20k without mentioning the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The sedan version was updated just last year, and a hatchback joins the lineup for 2017. The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan has been an absolute home run for General Motors, as the good-looking and well-designed automobile has helped to erase the memory of decades of sub-par entry-level efforts from the company. The Chevrolet Cruze, like many affordable cars, also boasts excellent fuel mileage: its optional 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine returns 30 MPG in city driving and 42 MPG on the highway while producing 138 horsepower. Pricing for both versions of the Cruze will be revealed later in 2016, but we expect it to stay within our price range.
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Best Cars Under 20k

You normally think that you know what you’re getting with a Sentra sedan, but the newest models have upgraded to provide more interior room (particularly in the rear) and a slightly snazzier look that resembles the Altima. Once you get past that, though, you really do know what you’re getting: a small family car that drives well but doesn’t have the power or handling to set it apart from the pack, except for the new CVT automatic transmission that does let you accelerate better than with previous models. Simply put, it’s a Sentra, and Sentras are good cars in the under-$20K class.
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Best Cars Under 20k

The completely redesigned 2016 Honda Civic remains a mainstay of the new cars under $20k category, providing more of the same for loyal buyers. Conservatively styled, the Honda Civic is offered in sedan and coupe editions and features improved interior room for driver and passengers as well as new options for those who want to push the price tag higher. The Civic’s base 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine provides 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, and it also lists a fuel mileage rating of up to 31 mpg around town and 41 mpg on the highway. A hatchback will join the lineup for 2017, and we’re eagerly waiting for more details.
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Best Cars Under 20k

Ten years ago we would have had to describe the Elantra in detail, but it’s now approaching Civic and Corolla status; you know what you’re going to get for its under-$20K price. There’s an attractive, curvy style, a 1.8 liter, 145-horse engine, decent performance and ride, an interior that’s not fancy but has some very nice tech features – and the famed Hyundai reliability.
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Best Cars Under 20k

While the biggest appeal of the Lancer is its appearance, the reason to purchase the Scion iM is the long list of features that are standard on this sub-$20K model including a six-speaker Pioneer sound system and a large 7” touchscreen. (Starting in 2017, it will be sold as the Corolla iM.) This is a four-door hatchback with a CVT automatic transmission but without a ton of get-up-and-go, using a 1.8 four-cylinder that only generates 137 horsepower. It’s quiet, it’s somewhat sporty-looking (Scion aims primarily for the youth market) – and the stereo is fabulous.
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Best Cars Under 20k

The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 base model features a peppy 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that holds its own, even when cruising around with five passengers. Both versions of the Mazda3, the sedan and hatchback, were redesigned in 2014, so this popular sub-$20k car still looks and feels fresh and new, even though it’s slated for some updates next year. The engine returns fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, and despite its thriftiness, the Mazda3 is often praised as one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the class, thanks to great handling and finely-tuned steering.
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Beyond that, our approach was the same. We developed a list of potential cars, using Kelley Blue Book prices as a guideline, then chased down specific examples via www.autotrader.com or car clubs. We invited the owners to join us for a day at GingerMan Raceway in western Michigan—so trusting, these guys—then spent the day driving their cars around the circuit and on nearby public roads. As with the inaugural derby, we added two of our favorite new cars to the mix, this time a Mazda 3 and a Mini Cooper, each available for less than $20,000.
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We wouldn’t call any of the small and squat Fiat 500s “sports cars,” but you’re not going to find any real sports car under $20,000 unless you buy a used one. What you do get from the Fiat 500 Turbo, however, is lots of pep and sporty performance for just under 20 grand. There’s only a 1.4 liter MultiAir in-line four under the hood, but the turbocharger boosts overall horsepower by another 34 percent and pushes 150 pound-feet of torque; in a small and lightweight vehicle with a sport-tuned suspension, that’s going to get you where want to go pretty quickly. The interior is small but it’s well-equipped, the build is impressive, and the Fiat 500 Turbo is rated at 34 mpg.
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When looking for a used car, you want one that is affordable and reliable. The lists below are reliable cars from the 2013 Annual Auto Survey. They are the specific models with above average reliability spanning the model years 2004 through 2013 and performed well in CR road tests when tested new. Also, see our complete list of reliable used vehicles and those used cars to avoid (available to subscribers). Our best advice is to buy the newest car that fits your budget, in order to benefit from the most up-to-date safety advances.
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Just as with the Civic, you know what you’re getting with a Corolla; it’s not exciting, spacious or groundbreaking, but it’s dependable and efficient. The current LE Plus model is available at just under our maximum price point and has a 1.8 liter four that generates 132 horsepower for your trips to work or the store, along with a gearless CVT automatic transmission. It’s hard to think of a Corolla as “new” but they do make slight changes every year to this venerable car, so  it qualifies as one of our 20 best new cars under $20,000.
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When looking for a used car, you want one that is affordable and reliable. The lists below are reliable cars from the 2013 Annual Auto Survey. They are the specific models with above average reliability spanning the model years 2004 through 2013 and performed well in CR road tests when tested new. Also, see our complete list of reliable used vehicles and those used cars to avoid (available to subscribers).
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2017 Mazda3 Overall Score: 8.9 out of 10 (Details Below) When it comes to performance, Mazda3 is hard to beat. Ranked No. 1 in compact cars and No. 1 in hatchbacks, reviewers love its superior, athletic handling without sacrificing good fuel economy. The standard six-speed, 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway, and 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway with the optional automatic transmission. The Mazda3 starting price is $17,845. Read the 2017 Mazda Mazda3 Full Review See 2017 Mazda Mazda3 Photos See Compact Cars Rankings
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The redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan and hatchback echo the rest of the Korean brand’s extroverted styling language, providing those looking for new cars under $20,000 with beautifully-sculpted sheet metal at an equally attractive price. Not all of the Hyundai Elantra’s development dollars went into its exterior design, of course — under the skin, the Elantra provides a composed and quiet ride. The Hyundai’s sedan’s 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine generates 147 horsepower; the hatchback’s version of the engine makes 173 horsepower. Both versions get good fuel economy.
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If you still aren’t finding exactly what you’d hoped for in this price range, of course, there’s always another option: checking out the best used cars under $20,000. You’d be amazed at how much used car your budget will buy.

Published on Jul 17, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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