Best new cars for under $25,000

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)
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.)
Honda Civic EX
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)
Mazda3 i Grand Touring (manual)
Mazda3 i Touring 21,740
Mazda6 Sport 23,590
Scion xB 18,612
Subaru Impreza Premium
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.)
Toyota Corolla LE Plus

When buying a car, in addition to research and reviews, Consumer Reports offers subscribers access to the Build & Buy Car Buying Service at no additional cost. Through this service, a nationwide network of more than 7,000 participating dealers provide upfront pricing information, as well as a certificate to receive guaranteed savings off MSRP (in most states). The pricing information and guaranteed savings includes eligible incentives. Consumer Reports subscribers have saved an average of $2,919 off MSRP with the Build & Buy Car Buying Service.

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