12 best in class car values, 2013
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All except two of our Best in Class winners also earn Top Safety Pick designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (no sports cars or truck-based SUVs made the IIHS Top Safety Pick cut this year).
Cars under $20,000: Ford Focus
Sticker price: $16,995 (S, manual)
Invoice price: $16,064
TrueCar national average price: $16,672
Resale value: 3-year: 62%; 5-year: 45%
MPG: City: 26; Hwy: 36
Last year's Best New Car Under $20,000 proves it can go the distance, nabbing Best in Class and Best Resale plaudits. Its peppy 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine puts out 160 horses, and six airbags come standard. With the base model you'll pay an extra $1,095 for an automatic transmission and $295 for Ford's SYNC system to operate media devices hands-free.
Cars $20,000 - $25,000: Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Sticker price: $23,785 (manual)