Best New Cars and SUVs for Under $30,000
These top performers cost less than the average new car
Even before the worldwide pandemic, cars were becoming increasingly expensive to buy and own. But the manufacturing shutdown of vehicles and components has caused a ripple effect in the supply-demand curve. The result is that the average price of a new vehicle was $43,355 in August 2021, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Still, there are many excellent vehicles that have an MSRP of far less than that. To assist bargain hunters, we assembled the best new cars and SUVs under $30,000 based on their Overall Score, factoring in road-test performance, owner satisfaction, predicted reliability, and safety.