Best Cars – Lowest Prices

best car pricesThere’s no question that cars are expensive. For most people automobiles are the second-most expensive thing they will buy in their lives — after a home. Because cars eventually wear out and must be replaced every so often, many people will actually spend more on automobiles than on places to live during their lifetime.

Today’s average price for a new vehicle is about $35,000, a number that rises every year. This means the average-priced new car is beyond affordability for many folks who need one.

However, even though the average price is $35,000, there are still many excellent new cars with prices under $25,000.

Consumer Reports magazine, in its April 2014 annual Auto Issue, lists the under-$25,000 vehicles it considers the best in class, based on its own testing. Here are some of the results:

Chevrolet Sonic LT – $18,290

Honda Civic EX – $21,605

Honda Civic Si – $23,175

Hyundai Elantra SE – $19,010

Kia Rio EX – $18,450

Mazda3 i Touring – $21,740

Subaru Impreza Premium – $23,065

Toyota Corolla LE Plus – $20,652

Honda Accord LX $23,270

Hyundai Sonata GLS $22,495

Toyota Camry LE – $23,830

Mazda3 i Grand Touring – $24,040

Mazda5 Touring – $23,065

Subaru Forester 2.5i – $23,820

Is there a “catch” to these low prices? The “catch” is that many, but not all, of these vehicles are relatively small with limited passenger and cargo space. Some are the “base” models with few special features, and most have the smallest available engine size.  However, based on Consumer Reports’ evaluations, all are recommended and perfectly adequate for many people’s vehicle needs.

Keep in mind that the above listed prices are MSRP sticker price, not necessarily the price you’ll actually pay. If you shop around, look for manufacturer incentives, and negotiate with your dealer for additional discounts, you can pay much less than sticker price. In fact, you could easily pay less than $25,000 for other vehicles that are not on this list but have sticker prices higher than $25,000.

One of the best ways to get the best car prices on these and other vehicles is to spend a little time online researching prices before you visit a dealer. Go to Edmunds where you’ll find all the pricing information you’ll need, including incentives from manufacturers. You can also get low price offers that you can take to your local dealer and get a great low price with no stressful haggling. It’s a great way to buy a car.

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