New car shopping can be exciting, but also stressful if you’re on a tight budget. You want something that is safe on the road, stylish, fuel efficient, comfortable, and fun to drive – but you aren’t willing to pay an arm and a leg for it. So what are your options? Check out the unique features of these top seven cars of 2018, all under $20,000 brand new.
Mazda 3 Four-Door Sport
Even though it comes in below the $20,000 budget, the Mazda 3 four-door sport has no shortage of horsepower and actually has the most powerful engine when it comes to affordable cars. It’s also extremely fuel efficient, averaging 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The interior of this car is actually the most appealing part, with features like a push-button start, bluetooth and voice command capabilities. All of this for just over $19,000 when you purchase a new Mazda 3.
Toyota Yaris LE
Toyota has one of the most reputable names in the automobile industry, so you know you can’t go wrong when you choose the Toyota Yaris LE as your next car. It is not only stylish, but also extremely fuel efficient. This model offers features that you wouldn’t expect to come with a budget car, like a high-def rear view camera and touchscreen navigation system. The only flaw of the Yaris is that it is a three-door vehicle, but if you can overlook this it is well worth the $17,285.
Kia is becoming more and more popular in the affordable car arena, especially when it comes to the Kia Rio. Costing just above $16,000, the Rio features comfort, style, and fuel efficiency. It is a great car for high-traffic areas, like a downtown city, due to its tight turn radius and relatively small size. The Kia Rio is really good on gas so you’ll appreciate having it on your next road trip.
Fiat 500 Pop
If you’re looking for a cute little car, look no further than the Fiat 500 Pop. Not only is it adorable, it is also extremely sporty, and has a more powerful engine compared to other subcompact cars. A new Fiat 500 will set you back just under $16,000, so you would not expect it to include features like a 5-inch touch screen, bluetooth and hands-free calling, and a sleek media hub. If something cute but also powerful is what you’re in search of, this Fiat might be the one for you.
Hyundai Accent SE Sedan
Hyundai has always been a leader in affordable cars, so it’s no surprise that the Hyundai Accent SE Sedan makes the list. Unfortunately, there are features that the Accent is lacking, like high fuel efficiency and a rearview camera, but for under $15,000 it is a very reliable car. A huge benefit to buying with Hyundai is the 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty that comes with your purchase.
The most budget-friendly car on the list is the Ford Fiesta, coming in at an impressive $13,660. You’d be surprised by the spaciousness of the Fiesta – it can hold five people and has lots of storage space. With a 120-horsepower engine, this little car is fun to drive and will get you where you need to be without guzzling gas.