Best New Cars for Under $20,000

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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. Subaru Impreza

This modern-looking car starts at a mere $18,795, 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 up to 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The Impreza is quite a deal, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on technology. You can enjoy an infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, USB port, and four-speaker audio.

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2. Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa offers a luxurious interior for your money and incredible handling. While it doesn’t have as much engine power as we would like, it’s a terrific commuter nonetheless, in part thanks to its stellar fuel economy. It gets 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Versa has features such as 7-inch touchscreen, four-speaker audio, and Bluetooth. It even includes driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Its price point is also well under $20,000, which gives it another advantage. The Nissan Versa starts at just $15,180!

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3. Hyundai Accent

It’s unbelievable that this car starts at only $16,645, because the roomy exterior and features  rival cars of much higher price points. The new 2022 model offers up to 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway fuel economy. The Accent also features a user-friendly 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six-speaker audio, and Bluetooth. It even includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration features.

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5. Hyundai Elantra

It barely makes the cut but the Hyundai Elantra is available for under $20K. The vehicle starts at $$19,850, and for that amount, you get a whole lot for your money. The vehicle comes with numerous features including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four-speaker audio, HD radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth and remote keyless entry – among many other features! Terrific handling and a peppy, fuel-efficient engine make this vehicle well worth the money. The 147-horsepower model gets an impressive 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

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6. Hyundai Venue

The 2022 Hyundai Venue SE starts at $19,000, making it one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs on the market. Standard features with this model include an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HD Radio – just to name a few. Fuel economy estimates are at 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

2022 Hyundai Venue

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7. Kia Rio

The 2021 Kia Rio LX is well under $20K at $16,250. The subcompact vehicle makes a reliable commuter with plenty of features for the price. You’ll get an infotainment system with 8-inch touch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and six-speaker audio. The Rio gets a decent 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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8. Kia Soul

The 2021 Kia Soul LX has a starting price of $19,290. It features a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio, and  rearview camera. It gets 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

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9. Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is one of the most practical subcompact SUVs you can get for under $20K. The vehicle boasts an impressive fuel economy, an array of standard features, and a fantastic cargo capacity. The base 2.0 trim starts at $19,800. In addition to a 7-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth, you’ll get three USB ports. Blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and forward collision warning are all included. As for fuel economy, you’ll get 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

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9. Kia Forte

The 2022 Kia Forte FE is the last on our list, starting at $19,090. The Forte is one of the best new compacts you can get for your money. It has a spacious, comfortable interior, complete with an 8-inch display infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Driver assistance features are standard here as well, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. With the base FE trim, you’ll enjoy an estimated 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

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10. Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra offers a stunning, comfortable interior but suffers from rather lackluster performance which keeps it from taking the top spots. Nevertheless, it’s a good deal for your money, particularly in a market where cars under $20,000 are far less common. It also has the distinguishment of having incredible safety ratings – five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Get this vehicle starting at $19,610.

2022 Nissan Sentra

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