Best cars under $20,000

All models are recommended and earned very good or better scores in our tests. Vehicles include automatic transmission and typical options unless noted.

Make & model MSRP
Honda Fit (base) $16,220
Hyundai Elantra SE 18,695
Mazda3 i Sport (sedan)* 17,140
Pontiac Vibe 2.4L 18,750
Scion tC (base, manual) 17,670
Scion xB 18,362
Scion xD 16,770
Ford Focus SES 18,490
Toyota Corolla LE 18,365
* 2009 model; redesigned 2010 model on sale.
Posted: February 2009 — Consumer Reports Magazine issue: April 2009