Best new cars for under $25,000

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If you’re keeping one eye on our Ratings and the other on your budget, then this list can help. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good, reliable, safe vehicle and many models can be bought for under $25,000.  Each model here is a good all-around choice that meets our requirements for being recommended.

The price includes typical options and an automatic transmission, unless a manual is indicated. Prices do not reflect rebates or incentives, which can further reduce the cost.Listed in alphabetical order.

Less than $20,000

Make & model MSRP
Chevrolet Sonic LT (1.8)

17,455
Honda Fit (base) 16,915
Hyundai Accent GLS 16,320
Hyundai Elantra GLS 19,220
Kia Rio EX (sedan)

17,545
Kia Soul Plus

18,475
Mazda2 Touring

17,845
Scion xB 18,612
Scion xD 16,900
Toyota Corolla LE 18,975

$20,000-$25,000

Make & model MSRP
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT (1.4T)

$21,030
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.)
23,170
Honda Civic 21,604
Hyundai Sonata GLS (2.4) 22,495
Hyundai Veloster (base, manual)

20,475
Kia Optima LX (2.4) 22,775
Mazda3 i Touring (Skyactiv)

22,745
Mazda5 Grand Touring 24,820
Mini Cooper (base, man.) 21,700
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

24,520
Nissan Altima 2.5 S

23,410
Nissan Juke SV (AWD)

24,840
Subaru Impreza Premium

21,345
Subaru Impreza Sport Premium

22,345
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 24,189
Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 24,215
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 24,060
Toyota Matrix S (base, 1.8) 20,910
Volkswagen Golf (2.5) 20,830


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