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The Best New Cars Under $25,000

As everyone is watching their wallets these days, car buyers are looking not just for a great vehicle, but one that doesn't break the bank. Auto Trader this week put together a list of what they consider the top 25 cars for under $25,000, based not just on MSRP but also the features they come with.

On the list are cars such as the 2013 Buick Encore, 2013 Dodge Dart, and 2013 Ford Fusion. As always, I recommend you use the free to find the best deals on these vehicles in your local area.

2013 VehicleCost
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback$14,795
Honda Fit$15,425
Dodge Dart$15,995
Fiat 500$16,000
Ford Focus$16,200
Volkswagen Golf$18,095
Scion tC$18,725
Mini Cooper Hardtop$19,700
Honda CR-Z$19,975
Dodge Grand Caravan $19,995
Nissan Juke$20,280
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$20,595
Volkswagen Passat$20,845
Mazda CX-5$20,995
Honda Accord$21,680
Ford Fusion$21,700
Subaru XV Crosstrek$21,995
Ford Mustang$22,200
Toyota Camry$22,235
Ford Escape$22,470
Toyota RAV4$23,300
Chevrolet Camaro$23,345
Mazda Miata MX5$23,720
Buick Encore$24,200

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

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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