Best Cheap New Cars Under $20,000

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New and used car prices are at record highs, with the average new car costing $47,878 and the average used car costing $30,384 according to iSeeCars data. But even in the current market, new and used car buyers can still find affordable cars that meet their budget.

Whether you want a new car under $20,000, or a used car or SUV under $15,000 or $10,000, we have compiled a list of the best cars to choose from.

Criteria for Best Cheap Cars: The best cheap cars are ranked by an iSeeCars Quality Score that takes into account a car’s longevity, value retention, and safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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  1. It's a little ridiculous that the average 3 year old used prices of most of these cars are within $1,000 of what they cost new…. less than a $500 difference in a few of them and the Kia Rio is actually worth slightly more as a used… God help anyone who needs an affordable used car right now

  2. Totally agree on the Subaru Impreza.
    "As for the Engine On Fire" Korean cars…ah NO!
    As for a recent/current Nissan with a CVT…don't want it for FREE (only the manual JATCO transmission is decent).

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