07 Apr A Guide to The Best New Cars Under $30,000
With all the new technology surrounding the automotive industry we are seeing a general increase in costs and the average new car now sits around $34,000 on average. On the bright side, there is still a handful of cars that are extremely valuable and perform incredibly for less than $30,000—which is an average new-car loan amount.
To help out all of my new car buyers out there I have compiled a list of the best new cars and SUVs that sit under $30,000, based on several different factors including safety and performance. The beautiful thing about this is is that each car hits the standards set by Consumer Reports.
Best Subcompact Car: Toyota Yaris iA
You may know of this model as the Scion iA and for 2017 it has been renamed the Toyota Yaris iA. The four-door Yaris iA is actually built by Mazda and is built upon the new Mazda2. Featuring a powerful 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder coupled to either a six-speed available in automatic or manual. Research shows that most reviews scored the Yaris iA with a 35 mpg rating on the automatic.This subcompact vehicle shows incredible handling anda beautiful interior. As with most new vehicle, the Yaris iA comes with the standard low-speed pre-collision system that helps drivers avoid any collisions, accompanied with a backup camera for extra safety.
Read the complete Toyota Yaris iA road test
Best Compact Car: Toyota Prius
After several different tests from reviewers, the Prius scores a 52 mpg rating overall, which is huge compared to it’s previous 44 mpg rating. It is said that the new model also handles more responsively and rides more comfortably. The dashboard features a very slick, colourful, futuristic look that we all seem to love. Featuring the usual touch screen systems much like the UConnect in Chrysler products. When it comes to efficiency and low costs, this is the car that stands true. The driver can choose to either drive completely on electric, which tends to get about 25 mph, and with more sound dampening techniques the engine is now much quieter when it kicks in. For some reason they seemed to ignore the seating which is pretty lackluster, there does seem to be a bit more tire noise than usual, and the interior access is not as easy to manage because of its closeness to the ground.
Read the complete Toyota Prius road test
Best Midsized Car: Kia Optima
The recently designed Optima by Kia is a midsized sedan that features a performance and value. If you are looking for a smooth, absorbent comfortable ride, this is the car for you. Featuring an efficient 2.4-liter 4 cylinder that is more than pleasant to drive and give a 28 mpg overall rating, and the 2.0-liter turbo 4 packs even more of a punch. This year Kia is offering a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Sitting pretty at a value of $26,000, the EX trim features amazing leather seats, climate control, a huge rear seat, and heating for all of the seats and steering wheel. A hybrid is also available.
Read the complete Kia Optima road test