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15 Best Cars for Under $25,000

If you're in need of a new car this summer, the good news is that you're not going to have to break the bank to do it! There's lots of great cars for every wallet, including a whole bunch that are under $25,000.

Consumer Reports has done most of the leg work for you as they've just released their list of the top 15 models under $25,000, thanks to current incentives. All these vehicles meet their recommendation criteria, which means they have all scored well on reliability and safety. That's a great plus not only for you, but if you're planning on buying a car for a family member, such as a first-time driver.

Vehicles on the list include the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2014 Scion xB, 2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2014 Hyundai Sonata, and 2014 Honda Civic. And for even greater savings, make sure to use both TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the lowest prices being offered in your area.

VehicleMSRPInvoicePotential Savings Below MSRP (+)Total Savings AvailableExpiration Date
2014 Chevrolet Sonic$17,890$17,5495%+$1,01206/02/14
2014 Scion xB$18,675$17,8425%+$358N/A 
2014 Hyundai Elantra$19,010$18,5825%+$1,29606/02/14
2014 Toyota Corolla$20,510$19,7345%+$39406/02/14
2014 Volkswagen Golf$20,815$20,0155%+$1,15006/30/14
2014 Subaru Impreza Sedan$21,090$20,4105%+$609N/A 
2014 Honda Civic  $21,880$20,5865%+$422N/A 
2014 Hyundai Sonata$22,260$21,56515%+$2,64406/02/14
2014 Kia Optima$22,300$21,58510%+$2,14506/02/14
2014 Subaru Impreza Wagon$22,590$21,7805%+$654N/A 
2014 Toyota Camry$23,490$22,3225%+$45406/02/14
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek$23,820$22,9185%+$690N/A 
2014 Subaru Legacy$24,090$23,0855%+$699N/A 
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$25,705$24,7105%+$1,24806/30/14
2015 Subaru Forester$25,945$24,7895%+$753N/A 

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:

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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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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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