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Best New Cars for Under $18,000

March 21, 2013

Looking to buy a new car, but on a tight budget? Consumer Reports recently released what they consider the top six new cars for under $18,000.

The list includes the Chevrolet Sonic 1.8 LT with a base MSRP price range starting at $14,185, and the Kia Rio EX Sedan with a base MSRP price range starting at $13,600.

And for even more savings, make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder when negotiating your purchase.

VehicleTested PriceBase MSRP Range
Hyundai Accent GLS$16,320$14,545-$17,095
Scion xD$16,900$15,745-$16,545
Honda Fit$16,915$15,425-$19,790
Chevrolet Sonic 1.8 LT$17,455$14,185-$21,470
Kia Rio EX Sedan$17,545$13,600-$17,900
Mazda2 Touring$17,845$14,720-$17,050


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- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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