If you’re keeping one eye on our Ratings and the other on your budget, then this list can help. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good, reliable, safe vehicle and many models can be bought for under $25,000. Each model here is a good all-around choice that meets our requirements for being recommended.
The price includes typical options and an automatic transmission, unless a manual is indicated. Prices do not reflect rebates or incentives, which can further reduce the cost. Listed in alphabetical order.
|Make & model||MSRP|
|Chevrolet Sonic LT (1.8) ||$18,290|
|Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) ||23,270|
|Honda Civic EX ||21,605|
|Honda Civic Si (manual)||23,175|
|Hyundai Elantra SE||19,010|
|Hyundai Sonata GLS (2.4)||22,495|
|Kia Optima LX (2.4)||22,775|
|Kia Rio EX (sedan) ||18,450|
|Mazda3 i Grand Touring (manual) ||24,040|
|Mazda3 i Touring||21,740|
|Subaru Impreza Premium ||23,065|
|Subaru Impreza Sport Premium||22,565|
|Subaru Forester 2.5i||23,820|
|Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium||24,189|
|Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium||24,215|
|Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) ||23,830|
|Toyota Corolla LE Plus ||20,652|
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