The Best Cars You Can Get for Under $25k

When it comes to bridging quality, affordability, and overall auto value, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best cars you can get for under 25k.

The Best Cars You Can Get for Under $25,000

Shopping for a car nowadays can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re on a budget. But if your budget goal is set around $25,000, there are way more options out there than you might have realized. Whether you have a specific type of vehicle in mind or are open to trying anything, there are a variety of great choices available to you.

To help narrow your search down, we’ve compiled some of our absolute top picks when it comes to bridging top-notch quality, affordability, and overall auto value. Each of these cars have been ranked and reviewed for the categories most car owners care about, including safety, reliability, and performance. Plus, they all start with an msrp at or below $25,000.

1.  Kia Optima

As far as mid size cars go, the Kia Optima features one of the tightest designs out there, from its proportional body to spacious and comfortable interior. Top highlights from the base model include a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder mill engine, 7-inch touch display system, climate control, cruise control, and keyless ignition, making for a great all-around auto value.

The 2020 Kia Optima starts at $24,955.

2.  Nissan Rogue Sport

If reliability is a top priority in your search, look no further. For an affordable price, the Nissan Rogue Sport delivers a 5/5 in reliability, as rated by Consumer Reports. A much more substantial pick than other SUVs in its class, the Nissan Rogue Sport offers a smooth ride and a noticeably quiet cabin.

With 26 overall mpg and several key safety features standard in the base model, like LED projector headlights, the Rogue Sport is a great choice for commuters and drivers with small families.

The base model of the 2020 Rogue Sport starts at $23,240.

3.  Hyundai Kona

One of the most affordable picks on this list, the Hyundai Kona is a tour-de-force when it comes to offering a great, all-around auto value. With its sharp reflexes and responsive handling, the Kona makes for an excellent drive, while passengers will enjoy its smart packing and versatility.

Rated excellently in terms of reliability and performance, the Kona stand outs easily from competitors. And, if you like riding in style, the Kona is our top recommendation.

If safety is a top priority, be advised that the base model doesn’t include blind spot warning, although the next tier above (the SEL trim) does include it for a choice that still comes in under budget at $22,995.

The base model of the 2020 Hyundai Kona starts at $20,100.

4.  Honda Accord

Alright, so the Accord may be the most predictable additions to this list, but it hasn’t been one of Honda’s best sellers for over 40 years for no reason!

Top features of this crowd pleaser include the Honda Sensing safety sweet, 7-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone climate control, and rear camera. And with 33 overall mpg, the Accord ranks well in fuel efficiency.

The base Honda Accord model comes in at $23,700.

5.  Subaru Forester

A top choice among the experts at Consumer Reports, the Subaru Forester brings together a great auto value while sticking within many people’s budget. A roomy interior plus world-class safety features make it a fantastic choice for families and adventure-enthusiasts alike.

The 2020 Subaru Forester starts at $22,795.

Think before you buy

Before jumping into a new car purchase, consider the overall auto value first – and understand that you don’t necessarily need to buy a new car. Also bear in mind that more and more people are deciding to buy pre-owned cars or lease, which can be a great move, considering most lease packages include maintenance.

Whatever you choose, you can rest easy knowing there are plenty of affordable options on the market today that combine a great auto value with top-notch quality, safety, and performance.

What are some of your favorite cars that are on the market for less than $25,000? We want to hear from you. Leave a comment below!

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Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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