Best New Cars and SUVs for Under $30,000

These top performers cost less than the average new car

Best New Cars Under $30,000 - Kia K5
Photo: Kia

Cars are becoming increasingly expensive to buy and own. The average price of a new vehicle costs upward of $38,000, but many top-performing models can be had for far less. 

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. 

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All come with standard forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Blind spot warning (BSW) either comes standard or as an option that doesn't push the price above $30,000. 

Some of these models have our new Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.

The cars, sporty cars, and SUVs below (listed in alphabetical order by class) have all met the stringent performance, reliability, and safety requirements necessary to earn CR’s recommendation. The best in the class is highlighted with a photo and profile.

Click through the model names for road-test results, information on reliability and pricing, and much more. 

Best Compact Car: Toyota Corolla