The Best New Cars for Less Than $20,000

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These New Cars Rank Highly and Are Relatively Inexpensive

Buying a car is an expensive endeavor. However, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. To prove that to you, we’ve gone through our rankings and selected the 12 highest-scoring cars that are priced under $20,000.

You may think that a cheap car means it won’t last long, but that’s not necessarily true. There are cars on this list with near-perfect reliability scores, like the Hyundai Elantra. Most of these vehicles have average or above-average reliability scores. Some of the vehicles on this list have earned impressive accolades like our Best Car for the Money and Best Car for Families awards, including the Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, and Honda Fit.

The following list includes compact sedans, hatchbacks, and even an SUV, so you’ll be sure to find the right vehicle for you. Read ahead to find out which of the 12 best new cars under $20,000 is right for you.

It's important to note that our scores are constantly updated as new expert reviews and data become available, so some of the scores mentioned in this article may be adjusted over time.