Car Buying

The Best Cars Under $20,000

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Just because you are looking for an inexpensive car does not mean you are willing to sacrifice quality, as so many people tend to think. The truth, of course, is that you are looking for a car that will stand the test of time without completely draining your bank account. Do such cars really exist? We tend to think so, and to that end we have compiled a list of the top cars under $20,000. Let’s take a look!

Kia Forte

2015 Kia Forte

It’s a low priced car but it has been completely redesigned and from the outside you won’t be able to tell that pricing was sacrificed. 16 inch tires and alloy wheels scream sophistication, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel only serves to lend to your continued comfort while you are behind the wheel. Is it fast? You bet it’s fast, the 2-liter, four cylinder engine commands 173 horsepower and can jump from zero to 60 mph in the short period of 8.1 seconds. It’ a car you’ll be proud to own, and after you buy it you’ll have enough left over to buy yourself a treat.

Cost: $15,900

Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Traction Control, 24 Mpg City, 36 Mpg Highway.

Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

This one is both fun and affordable, which brings us two words that you rarely see together in the same sentence. The LTZ is powerful and comes in four different models: LS, LT, LTZ, and RS. Additionally, it features a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine with 138 horsepower, allowing it to leap from zero to 60 mph in just an 8.8 second window. Inside you will find perforated leatherette seats, in-seat heating, and once again that leather wrapped steering wheel that makes all the difference.

Cost: $17,850

Features: 25 Mpg City, 35 Mpg Highway.

2014 Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus Blue

If choices are your thing then you’ll be pleased to find out that the 2014 Focus comes in four different versions, each one giving you that sports car look with the scaled back features to help land it in the affordable category. It features 2-liter, four cylinder engine, and as far as speed goes, it manages to beat out the other two by going from zero to 60 mph in just 8.3 seconds. We don’t know where you’re going, but you’re going to get there fast. Do you want to know what else is great about it? It uses direct-injection flex-fuel, meaning it can take unleaded gas or E-85 while maintaining 30 mpg.

Cost: $19,115

Features: 26 Mpg City, 36 Mpg Highway

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Kia Soul

There are many things that we could say about the 2015 Soul, the most obvious however, sit hat it’s a wagon. If you look under the hood you will find a 1.6L Inline-4 engine along with a 6-speed manual transmission that gives the driver absolute power of over the ride.

Cost: $15,190

Features: 184 ft-lbs torque, 1.6L Inline Engine, 6 Speed Transmission

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