Looking to get a new car but can’t seem to narrow down your list. Take a look at the Top Five Best Cars Under $20k:
2018 Honda Fit
$16,190 Score: 8.9/10
The Honda Fit, at only $16,190. A luxurious interior, high fuel economy estimates, massive amounts of cargo room, and a multitude of tech and safety features make this little car a good “fit” for anyone.
The Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) that increases fuel economy. However, the CVT is known to emit a droning sound when you’re on the highway.
2018 Toyota Yaris iA
$15,950 Score: 8.7/10
The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA starts at $15,950. The Yaris iA, which was known as theScion iA a few years ago, offers many standard features, a high-quality interior, and nearly best-in-class fuel economy.
All Yaris iA models come with Bluetooth, two USB ports, an easy-to-use 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and voice recognition. The base, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets 32 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic is available.
$18,095 Score: 8.6/10
The compact car offers some of the best handlings in the class, with an impressive fuel economy, an upscale interior, as well as an intuitive infotainment system. If you prefer to have some extra storage space, the Mazda3 hatchback also comes in under $20,000.
The Mazda3 has more standard features than a lot of the vehicles on this list, with HD Radio, a 7-inch touchscreen with the Mazda Connect infotainment screen, two USB ports, push-button start, a rearview camera, and the Smart City Brake Support system, which will automatically apply the brakes if a crash is imminent while driving at low speeds.
018 Kia Rio
$13,900 Score: 8.6/10
The redesigned 2018 Kia Rio starts at just $13,900, making it the cheapest vehicle available on this list. But, cheap doesn’t have to mean poor build quality, as this subcompact car has excellent fit and finish. It does mean limited features though. Base Kia Rios only has a 5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, power door locks, air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo, and a USB port. Power windows and cruise control will cost you extra.
The Rio only has one engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that offers 130 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. Those who prefer two pedals instead of three will have to pay an extra $1,000 for an automatic transmission.
2018 Kia Forte
$16,800 Score: 8.5/10
The 2018 Kia Forte, which is actually being redesigned for the 2019 model year. The Forte offers drivers impressive cargo capacity for a compact car, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and spacious seats. However, its weak engine lineup and uninspiring handling keep it from escaping the middle of our compact car rankings.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is perfectly fine for commuting and daily driving. However, it doesn’t offer much in terms of acceleration. A manual transmission comes standard, so you’ll need to spend about $1,100 over the base price if you want an automatic. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Not bad for under $17,000.