The 30 Best Cars Under $30,000 for 2020

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30 Under $30K: The Best Vehicles to Buy for Less Than $30,000

The average new car in America costs more than $35,000, but you don’t have to spend anywhere near that to get a great car, pickup, SUV, or minivan. For less than $30,000, you can get one with the latest safety and infotainment features – and a high U.S. News overall score. 

You might not get the highest trim levels or luxurious options, but you also won’t have to take out a six-year (or longer) loan to finance your purchase. 

To assemble this list, we've looked at our new car rankings to find models with the highest overall scores and sticker prices of $30,000 or less. Note that our scores can change as new information becomes available. The scores shown on the following pages may not match those you see on the vehicle's full review page. When there were ties, the vehicle with the lowest price received the higher placement. If a car is available with both conventional and hybrid power, we've included the version with the highest overall score.

Read on to learn about the 30 best cars starting at under $30,000 in 2020.

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