Consumer Reports has lots of car lists. A recent addition is the best new cars to buy with prices less than $20,000.
The eight-vehicle list is varied . . . from an SUV to several sedans, and there are a few surprises.
All cars on the list have manual transmissions. An automatic transmission in any of the vehicles would come with a high price.
Here’s the list of eight 2014 cars all available for less than $20,000:
Vehicle/MSRP/National Market Avg./Potential % Savings/Potential $ Savings
Ford Mustang Coupe V6, $23,335, $19,635, 15.9%, $3,700
Jeep Compass Sport 4×2, $19,690, $16,949, 13.9%, $2,741
Fiat 500 Pop, $16,995 $14,990, 11.8%, $2,005
Hyundai Sonata GLS, $22,260, $19,712, 11.4%, $2,548
Dodge Dart GT, $21,990, $16,626, 10.8%, $2,364
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback ES, $19,405, $17,380, 10.4%, $2,025
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT Manual , $19,640, $17,823, 9.3%, $1,817
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S Manual, $17,715, $16,330, 7.8%, $1,385
Article Last Updated: June 5, 2014.
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