If you are in the market for a new car, the choices can be almost infinite, and definitely overwhelming. Not only are there so many different brands, there are many different classes, features, and of course, price. The price is the top consideration for many people. If price is the highest priority in your search for a new vehicle, you may be surprised how many choices you have.
That’s where we come in. We have reviewed many options for vehicles that you can get for less than $25,000. Here are 10 that really stood out.
10. Subaru Forester
Here is a vehicle that is very sporty and practical. The list price starts at $24,295. It is fuel-efficient, getting 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It is classified as a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV). In addition to the good gas mileage, it provides a smooth ride, has more cargo space than most compact SUVs, and has an easy-to-use internal information system. The Forester also scores very well on safety tests. The only potential drawback is that its engine isn’t powerful compared to others in this class, which is a trade-off for the better gas mileage.
9. Ford Focus ST
This compact car lists for $24,170, with gas mileage of 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. It has the practicality of a 4-door hatchback and the performance of a 252-horsepower engine – pretty good for a 4-cilyndar engine. Also included is a Sony premium stereo system, a power sunroof, and Recaro sport seats. It has power steering and good, stiff suspension. There are other Focus models that have higher performance, but this model is just fine when cost is your primary concern.
8. Honda CR-V
A compact SUV that lists for $24,350, the Honda CR-V gets up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The biggest advantage for this vehicle over others in its class are the passenger spaces and cargo capacity – both are immense compared to the competition. The ride is also very comfortable. Other vehicles in this class have more standard features than the Honda CR-V, but it is still a very reliable vehicle, and it is extremely safe.
7. Mazda 3 S
This compact sedan can be had for as little as $21,000, but for just a little more you can go from the basic to the Select package and still stay under $24,000. Gas mileage is excellent – 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway – and as is usually the case with most Mazda cars, the handling is superior, which is especially handy if you live somewhere that gets snow in the winter. The rear seat is not very roomy, but that is about the only drawback to this vehicle.
6. Honda Accord
The first in our review in the mid-size car category, the Honda Accord has a base price of $23,700. Great gas mileage can be found with this car (Up to 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway), along with excellent handling, a roomy cabin, and many standard safety features. The seating position is quite low in front and in back, and the trunk opening is a bit narrow. Otherwise, it makes a great family car.
5. Kia Optima
The Kia Optima is also a member of the mid-size car class. The list price is $22,990, and it also has good fuel mileage – up to 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The best feature of this vehicle is the interior. It is spacious, upscale, and comfortable. The information system is very user-friendly, and the car provides a very smooth ride. If you want a car with very high-performance, this one lags a little bit on that front. If you value a nice interior for a good price, this is definitely a car for you.
4. Ford Fiesta ST
This is a vehicle in the subcompact car class. This class of car is for those for whom price is of the utmost importance – it lists for $14,260. Gas mileage is similar to some of the mid-size cars, with up to 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Despite its small size and basic engine, it’s actually quite fun to drive. At such a low price, you would expect it to have less features than other classes. The Ford Fiesta ST has less leg room than most cars and does not have driver-assist technology, but for the low price, it’s a pretty good car.
3. Mazda 6
This is another choice from the mid-size car class. There are multiple versions, but the Sport is the one that stays under $25,000, with a list price of $23,800. The interior is nice enough that if you didn’t look at what kind of car it was before you got in, you would mistake it for a much pricier car. The mileage is good as well (26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway). Unfortunately, there are not many tech options, if you’re into that. But, this car has the feel of a sports sedan in the form of a family sedan.
2. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Yes, we did manage to find a sports car for this list. It just barely squeaks in under $25,000. The gas mileage compares favorably to the other classes of cars on the list (up to 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway). The handling is superb, the interior is very nice, and the information system is user-friendly. There is very limited trunk space, but chances are, if that is important, you aren’t considering a sports car to begin with. If sport is your preference, this one is hard to beat.
1. Fiat 124 Spider
Here is another sports car to consider. Like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 Spider is right at $25,000 and has gas mileage of up to 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. But this one is a convertible, with a top that is easy to open and close. If you are tall, you may have a bit of a struggle fitting in. But otherwise, this is also an excellent sports car for the lower price.
As we said before, there are many, many options if you need to stay under $25,000 in price in your new car. These are the best of the best. Keep these things in mind as you go shopping. Enjoy your new ride!