20 Best New Cars for Under $20,000

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Brilliant New Car Buys That Won’t Break the Bank

The list gets shorter each year, but you can still get a great new car for less than $20,000. You can even get a few SUVs without draining your wallet. Some of the vehicles in the sub-$20,000 club are scored at the top of their class in our new car rankings

At that price, a new car with a full warranty is an excellent alternative to a used car. Of course, they're not all created equal. While some models are fantastic deals, a few models with low prices aren't worth your attention. On the following pages, we'll show you which ones deserve a spot on your shopping list. 

We’ve listed all of the new cars available with prices below $20,000, starting with a couple of models that aren’t currently ranked in our system. We then count down from the worst to the best inexpensive vehicles you can buy, based on their U.S. News overall scores. In the case of ties, the car with the lower price gets the higher position. 

For the first time, there are no pickups on this list. When the 2019 Nissan Frontier was updated for 2020, its base engine's elimination pushed its price to well over $20,000.

Note that our scores can shift as new information becomes available, so the scores you see on the following pages may not match those you see on each vehicle’s individual review page.

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