6 Best New Cars Under $16,000 in 2020

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New Cars That Are Easy on Your Budget

Cars get pricier with every new model year. However, there are still a few budget-mobiles left on the market. While they may be small and not as upscale or well-appointed as less budget-friendly options, they’ll get you from Point A to Point B, and they all have something unique to offer.

We’ve sifted through our comprehensive rankings to find every car with a starting price that’s less than $16,000, and a few are actually much cheaper. If you need a safe and reliable commuter car that won’t put a big dent in your finances, many of these cars are worth considering.

All the vehicles listed are front-wheel-drive subcompact cars, which means they shouldn’t cost too much to fuel or insure. Some fare better than others in our rankings, so be sure to not only look at the low price, but also each car’s overall score, crash test ratings, predicted reliability rating, and features. 

We update our rankings periodically as we receive new data and expert reviews. For this reason, the scores shown on the following slides may not match those shown in our rankings or on each car’s individual review page.

Continue reading to learn about the six new cars you can buy with starting prices under $16,000.

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