Cars under $ 20,000 are becoming an endangered species. Here are a few you can still get


According to Kelley Blue Book, average new car transaction prices have risen sharply, to more than $ 39,000 in 2020, and part of the blame for that soaring figure is the disappearance of cheap new cars. And some of our favorite low prices. -Cost options don’t even return for 2021. Don’t look for a 2021 version of the Honda HMC, + 1.37% Fit, Chevrolet Sonic or Toyota TM, + 1.92% Yaris. All three subcompact cars were scrapped for the 2021 model year.

The irony here is that you will have more luck finding a car with a list price of $ 200,000 or more; there are almost twice as many ways to spend that amount on a new car. That list includes names like Aston Martin, ARGGY, -2.25% Bentley, Ferrari, RACE, + 0.67% Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce RYCEY ,. However, there is a silver lining if you are trying to keep a budget of less than $ 20,000. Kelley Blue Book found that the average transaction price of a compact or subcompact car was less than that of any other type of vehicle. In November 2020, consumers spent an average of $ 18,733 on a subcompact like a Hyundai HYMTF, -2.65% Accent, or $ 21,945 for a compact like a Toyota Corolla, a savings of around $ 7,000 or more compared to an SUV. similar in size. Related: Why are hatchbacks and wagons for sale? Here’s a look at what’s left: the list of cars that will cost you $ 20,000 or less, including destination charges, but before dealer discounts or incentives. Some of these are leftover 2020 models, still in dealer lots. 2020 Chevrolet Sonic: $ 17,595 Second smallest Chevy is no longer for the 2021 model year, but you may be able to find a leftover 2020 Chevrolet Sonic. The little Chevy sedan has decent interior space and excellent road manners for a small car, and its technological history is better than some cars that cost thousands of dollars more. It‘s turbocharged too, though at 138 horsepower, don’t expect to burn too much rubber. 2021 Chevrolet Spark – $ 14,395 The little 2021 Chevy Spark is a high-energy subcompact that happens to be the cheapest new car for sale in the U.S. Under $ 14,500 you buy one with a five-speed manual transmission, a Touchscreen head unit with Android Auto and Apple AAPL, -0.31% CarPlay compatibility, a Wi-Fi hotspot and 10 airbags. Also on MarketWatch: When can the youngest and healthiest people get vaccinated? 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer – $ 19,995 At just under our $ 20,000 budget, the base 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer L is the cheapest SUV on the market. Its tiny 3-cylinder turbocharged engine makes just 137 horsepower, but this little package is loaded with crash-avoidance technology and a high-end infotainment system. 2020 Honda Fit – $ 17,185

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We’re going to miss the versatile 2020 Honda Fit when the latest one finally rolls off the automaker’s showrooms. This subcompact hatchback has a flexible interior with surprising space, and it‘s a lot of fun to drive with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. Right now, there are almost 5,000 new tweaks in Autotrader, so you still have time to get one. More: 20 Car Models on the Cutting Board: Rest In Peace, Honda Fit2021 Hyundai Accent – $ 16,400 The 2021 Hyundai Accent has upscale styling and a comfortable, well-equipped interior with plenty of space, electrical features, a convenient touchscreen, and it is covered by Hyundai’s unusually comprehensive warranty. 2021 Hyundai Veloster – $ 19,905 Cheap and fun don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. The entry-level Hyundai Veloster offers decent power, excellent handling, and a surprisingly practical body, plus it’s loaded with tech for less than $ 20,000. 2021 Hyundai Venue: $ 19,935 The 2021 Hyundai Venue is a small crossover car that has a higher seating position than a typical sedan or hatchback, although it comes with front-wheel drive only and is not designed for off-road use. Still, for less than $ 20,000, it comes standard with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, plus Hyundai’s 5-year warranty. 2021 Kia Forte – $ 18,765 The 2021 Kia 000 270, -14.98% Forte is among the largest cars you will find for under $ 20,000. This compact sedan has a sporty styling inspired in part by the Stinger, and comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and a host of crash avoidance features. 2021 Kia Rio – $ 17,045 The 2021 Kia Rio takes everything we love about the Hyundai Accent and gives it more expressive styling and a few more features, like a larger screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. 2021 Kia Soul – $ 18,885

The Kia Soul KIA

Somewhere between the Forte and the Rio is the expressive 2021 Kia Soul, a tall toaster-shaped hatchback with plenty of personality. It’s a similar size to the Rio, but the tall bodywork gives it more interior space like the Forte, and of course it’s as quirky as any conventional car can be. See: Could That Scion Be A Collectible One Day? 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage – $ 15,290 For a long time America’s cheapest car, the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is now No. 2. The practical hatchback version costs a little less than the odd-styled sedan (though to be honest , the hatch isn’t exactly sexy). Still, the 3-cylinder Mirage is surprisingly well-equipped, and Mitsubishi includes a 10-year powertrain warranty. 2021 Nissan Versa – $ 15,855 Forget the stark Nissan Versa that once filled the $ 19-a-day section of every car rental counter in America. The 2021 Nissan Versa is elegantly styled, outfitted like a much more expensive car, and remarkably polished to drive. It stands out among the subcompacts, and Nissan NSANY, + 6.42% want less than $ 16,000 for one. 2021 Subaru Impreza – $ 19,720 The 2021 Subaru FUJHY, -1.04% Impreza is a cheap way to get all-wheel drive. If you live in a snowy or rainy place, start and finish your shopping here. Even with its standard all-wheel drive, it is quite fuel efficient with a spacious interior and plenty of technology. The only downside is that the base 5-speed manual that costs less than $ 20,000 lacks the company’s crash-avoidance technology. You May Like: Best 2021 SUVs Under $ 30k 2020 Toyota Yaris – $ 18,705 Toyota had a secret with its 2020 Toyota Yaris, a subcompact sedan and hatchback lineup built and designed by Gears at Mazda MZDAY, + 14.96 %. Maybe Toyota should have talked a bit, or else we wouldn’t have had to write the eulogy for this surprisingly fun line of small cars. Find one while you can, not many left. Read next: 8 compact cars that get the best mileage, no plugs needed Volkswagen Jetta 2021 – $ 19,990 If you can stretch your budget to $ 20,000 – minus ten, that is – the 2021 Volkswagen VWAGY, + 1.20% Jetta is hard to hit. It’s a nice-to-drive sedan with plenty of rear-seat space, plenty of safety and convenience features, and ride and handling that beats some cars that cost twice as much. After all, its platform is shared with the rorty VW GTI. This story was originally published on