When you need a new car, it’s tempting to buy the cheapest one you can. As long as a car gets you from point A to point B, the thinking goes, it’s good enough. Though there is some truth to that argument, it doesn’t take the full picture of owning and living with a car into account.
That car with the super-low price tag might be a bear to insure. It might leave you with hefty repair bills, or it might guzzle gas.
That car might not meet your daily needs either. Your family may hate being crammed in its small back seat, it might not have all the cargo space you need, or its harsh ride or the underpowered engine might turn your commute into a slog.
That cheap car may also lack the latest safety equipment, and while it’s true that you can drive without a suite of in-car connectivity apps, they make finding your way a lot easier and the trip more pleasant.
Finding the balance between a good car and a cheap car is where The Best Affordable Cars 2020
How We Measured Quality
To measure a vehicle’s quality, we use the U.S. News Best Car rankings’ overall score. A model’s overall score in our vehicle rankings isn’t based on the opinions or tests. Instead, we collect and analyze every published, credible review of a given model to get the automotive press’s consensus on things like how well a car drives, how comfortable its interior is, and how well it’s connectivity and tech features work. We combine that analysis with safety and reliability data to get an overall numerical score, which we use to measure quality in The Best Affordable Cars 2020 awards.
How We Measured Value
The actual cost of a car is much more than just the final negotiated price. A car has high ongoing costs, like repairs, fuel, and insurance. To measure the kind of value a car offers, we start with real-time transaction prices reported by their partner TrueCar. We then combine that information with five-year total ownership costs from Vincentric. Those two measures together provide a car’s value score for The Best Affordable Cars 2020.
Here Are The Best Affordable Cars 2020
KIA Sedona 2020
2020 Kia SedonaThe 2020 Kia Sedona places near the top of our minivan rankings. The Sedona offers a smooth ride, a user-friendly infotainment system, and an excellent predicted reliability rating, but it doesn’t provide as much passenger space as its rivals.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid places near the top of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It excels across the board, with balanced performance, a high-end interior, and a good predicted reliability rating.
2020 Honda CR-V
The 2020 Honda CR-V ranks among the leaders of the compact SUV class. Its passenger and cargo volumes eclipse those of most rivals, and its well-balanced ride and capable powertrain make it a great daily driver.
2020 Kia Sorento
The 2020 Kia Sorento lands in the top half of our competitive midsize SUV rankings. It has a relaxed ride, spacious seating in its first two rows and a long warranty, but it provides less cargo space than most rivals.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe finishes near the top of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a comfortable interior, plenty of tech features, good fuel economy, and a balanced ride.
2020 Honda Fit
The 2020 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It boasts a spacious and handsome cabin with a configurable rear seat that makes cargo hauling a cinch, and it’s available with a bounty of advanced driver aids.
2020 Toyota Camry
The 2020 Toyota Camry sits near the top of our midsize car rankings. It offers an enjoyable ride, plenty of active safety features, and some of the best fuel economy estimates in the segment. A smallish trunk and noticeable cabin noise are among its few faults.
2020 Chevrolet Impala
The 2020 Chevrolet Impala ranks in the middle of the large car class. It has a spacious cabin, a large trunk, a capable engine, and a serene ride, but it also has a lower safety score than several rivals.
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid finished in the top half of our hybrid and electric car rankings thanks to its excellent gas mileage, comfortable ride, a long list of standard features, and great safety and predicted reliability ratings. Still, some rivals offer more power and trunk space.
2020 Kia Forte
The 2020 Kia Forte has plenty of standard features, ample trunk space, and good fuel economy. For these reasons and more, it ranks well among compact cars.
Source: | U.S News