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The 5 Most Reliable New Cars Under $20k

Milad Hassibi April 11, 2018


With so many options available, choosing a new car that’s right for you can be difficult.  For consumers interested in basic transportation, reliability is often the most important factor behind purchase price. After a car passes its warranty period, expensive repairs can quickly bog down your budget.

Even with all the technological advances that have come into the automotive industry within the past decade, some manufacturers just build more reliable cars than others. Thanks to technology, however, new cars today are much more reliable than their counterparts and offer a wide array of options and safety features at a lower price than ever before.

If you are budgeting to spend $20,000 or less on a new and reliable car, the models listed below should be of great interest. All these vehicles will get over 35 MPG on the highway according to the EPA. All of the following cars can also be optioned with an infotainment system as well.

The List:

Honda Civic ($18,840)

The Honda Civic was first introduced by Honda over 40 years ago, and it still holds its Woman thinking about used cars under $20kreputation as being an economical and reliable vehicle. The Civic is a compact car and comes in various forms, including a 4 door sedan and coupe. The Civic also has a stellar reputation for fuel economy, saving owners thousands in gas over the course of its long lifetime. If you are interested in a sportier car, the Civic Si can give you the added high performance that you need with the reliability of a Honda.

Toyota Corolla ($18,600)

The Corolla proves that a low purchase price and durability can be found in one car. Although the Corolla has a proven reputation for reliability, it tends to be the least exciting vehicles to drive. Many owners boast about the Corollas spacious interior and standard safety features, but were disappointed with the vehicle’s brake and also its connectivity to mobile devices.

Honda Fit ($18,023)

The Honda Fit is a compact hatchback that places right under the Honda Civic and is known for being Honda’s entry-level vehicle. If you are single and not transporting large groups of people, the Fit is the perfect A to B car. The Fit still carries Honda’s reputation of building long lasting vehicles. Although underpowered, the Fit is spacious for its small size and also received a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA

Nissan Sentra ($18,998)

The latest Sentra’s offer a heap of features standard that most competitors do not offer in base packages. All Sentra’s come with automatic braking, a 5.0-inch display, and Bluetooth streaming. Although not as highly regarded as Honda or Toyota, Nissan’s vehicles are reliable. Many critics claim that the base engine is weak, but the Sentra makes up for it with the available turbo package.

Nissan Versa ($15,840)

The Versa is Nissan’s base entry-level model. This spacious vehicle is perfect for small families, with heaps of legroom and cargo space for those long family trips. The Versa is also a fuel sipper, with 31 MPG in the city and 39 MPG highway. Although critics praised the Versa for its roomy interior and efficiency, many were disappointed by the build quality and the low power engine that is offered.

Final Note

In the end, it is best to stick with brands that have a reputation for reliability. Al the cars listed above are low maintenance and parts are plentiful. If you are looking to finance your new car, CrediReady offers one of the largest databases that connects dealerships, lenders, and buyers in all credit situations. Take a few moments to fill out our free and confidential loan search form online and we will match you with a dealership in your local area that can meet your auto financing needs.



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