12 Top-Rated New Cars That Cost Less Than $25,000

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Buying a brand-new car is among the worst financial moves you can make. A new car starts losing value as soon as the buyer drives it home from the dealership.

However, if you are determined to buy new, Consumer Reports has found a dozen of the best deals. According to the nonprofit:

Our roster of the best new cars under $25,000 features high-performing vehicles that won’t dash all of your dollars to bits. These models are proof positive that you don’t have to spend a mint to get performance, safety, fuel economy or reliability.

All of these cars also earned Consumer Reports’ “recommendation,” which means they did well in road tests, didn’t fail any crash tests and have at least average predicted reliability.

The cars are listed with MSRP prices for models with automatic transmission.

Subcompact cars

  • Chevrolet Sonic LT (1.8-liter) — $18,420
  • Honda Fit EX — $19,435
  • Nissan Versa Note SV — $18,420
  • Scion iA — $17,570

Compact cars

  • Honda Civic LX — $20,275
  • Kia Soul Plus — $24,750
  • Mazda3 i Touring (2.0-liter) — $21,740
  • Subaru Impreza Premium — $21,345

Midsize sedans

  • Honda Accord LX (4-cylinder) — $24,820
  • Mazda6 Sport — $23,590
  • Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium — $24,837
  • Toyota Camry LE (4-cylinder) — $23,905

If you’re shopping for a brand-new or new-to-you vehicle, check out “8 Tips for Buying Your Next Car for Less.”

If you have or are in the market for a car loan, visit the Money Talks News Solutions Center, where you can find out whether you are paying too much for a car loan and get help with other types of loans.

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