Best new cars for under $25,000

Good cars with your budget in mind

Last updated: February 2015

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.

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