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Best 2016 Sedans You Can Get For Less than $20k

Ranking The Best 2016 Cars Under $20k – The Sedan Edition

Updated November 18, 2018

It’s not true that you can’t get a great 2016 car for less than 20 grand. We’re going to prove it by presenting you with a list of 16 sedans that don’t cost too much, but are amazing in terms of safety, fuel consumption and engine performances.  We ranked the cars according to their price – from low to high.

2016 Nissan Versa – $11,990

2016 Nissan Versa - $11,990 - One of the best and most affordable 2016 Sedans

The new Nissan Versa is surprisingly affordable for a sedan that offers such high level of comfort. It’s also great in terms of fuel consumption. With a mileage of 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway, the 2016 Versa is bound to save you up some money in a long term. When it comes to its engine, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder is capable of producing 109 horsepower, which is just enough for a car in this price range.

2016 Chevrolet Sonic – $14,345

2016 Chevrolet Sonic - $14,345

The 2016 version of this Chevrolet subcompact sedan does not differ much from its predecessors in terms of design, but comes with a better engine. That makes it very fun to drive, but what makes it stand out is its mileage. The new Sonic is very fuel efficient with the consumption being 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

2016 Ford Fiesta – $14,580

2016 Ford Fiesta - $14,580

Another subcompact sedan is on our list. The new Ford Fiesta S looks stunning, but is also great when it comes to its steering. Apart from being fun to drive, the sedan is also pleasant to ride in. In fact, it is spacious enough to make 4 passengers feel very comfortable. When it comes to its fuel consumption, its 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

2016 Hyundai Accent SE – $14,745

2016 Hyundai Accent SE - $14,745

Not only does this sedan look appealing on the eye, it’s also great when it comes to the performances. It’s very fun car to drive, while also being spacious and comfy for the passengers. The 2016 Hyundai Accent SE is one of the most affordable subcompact sedans on the market. Its selling price is not the only reason for that. The car also has a great mileage: 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway.

2016 Scion iA – $15,700

2016 Scion iA - $15,700

One of the last models made by Scion before Toyota shut it down was 2016 Scion iA. The car’s design perfectly goes with the marque’s motto “Weird, right?” It looks different compared to other sedans, but that’s what makes it so special. Apart from looking nice, this car is also very comfortable and great in terms of on-road performances. Finally, the car’s mileage is also superb. With 31 mpg city/41 mpg, Scion iA is designed to save you money on fuel.

2016 Kia Forte – $15,990

2016 Kia Forte - $15,990

With the mileage of 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway, this Kia is a wise choice for those looking to save money on fuel. On top of that, the new Forte is very fun to drive as its sporty design suggests.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited – $16,120

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited - $16,120

The 2016 Cruze might not be a midsize sedan by definition, but it does have plenty of room inside. However, compared to other midsize sedans, the car has a superb fuel economy (5 mpg city/36 mpg highway). The best thing about it, though, is the fact that it’s great in regard to safety.

2016 Dodge Dart SE – $16,895

2016 Dodge Dart SE - $16,895

The new Dodge sedan feels like a midsize vehicle, because of a lot of leg space. Apart from being comfy, the car’s interior is also beautiful on the eye. It’s also fairly cheap, compared to other Dodge models. Its fuel economy (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway) makes it one of the most affordable sedans made in 2016.

2016 Ford Focus – $17,225

2016 Ford Focus - $17,225

Maybe this sedan won’t impress you with its design, but wait to hear about its fuel economy. It’s estimated to be around 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway. On top of that, the buying price of this sedan is also very affordable, especially taking into consideration how fun for driving this car was. Among the things people find great about the 2016 Focus, apart from the handling, are the comfy interior and a number of tech gadgets that come installed.

2016 Toyota Corolla L – $17,230

2016 Toyota Corolla L - $17,230

The car seems as a perfect choice for family buyers. It’s spacious, with elegant design of the interior. It also produces good performances with its 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine. On top of all, the car is also very cheap and has a great mileage. Its fuel economy is estimated to be 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway.

2016 Hyundai Elantra – $17,250

One of Hyundai’s recent best-sellers, Elantra is an amazing family sedan. Its price is extremely affordable, considering that this car is very reliable and safe. It’s also beautiful both when it comes to its interior and exterior. Finally, the sedan is also amazing in terms of fuel economy, which is 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer – $17,595

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer - $17,595

The latest reincarnation of the Mitsubishi Lancer has similar sporty design as its predecessors. However, it comes with a more advanced engine, as well a number of safety features. It’s also very not a big fuel consumer. Its fuel economy is estimated to be 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

2016 Mazda Mazda3 – $17,845

2016 Mazda Mazda3 - $17,845

Not only does the new Mazda Mazda3 look amazing, it is also amazing to drive it. Apart from being great when it comes to handling, the sedan is also very pleasant to ride in. In fact, its interior is so wonderful that we could call Mazda3 a luxury sedan. Mazda3 iSport with manual transmission comes at a price of less than 18 grand. That seems as a bargain, knowing that its fuel economy is 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway.

2016 Subaru Impreza – $18,295

2016 Subaru Impreza - $18,295

The all-wheel drive seems as a perfect option for small families. It’s spacious and comfortable on the inside, while looking breath-taking from the outside. It’s also amazing in terms of the engine performances. The new Subaru Impreza has a great cargo space and superb mileage. Its fuel economy is 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

Still, what makes it suitable as a family vehicle is a high level of safety. It comes with optional EyeSight system, which earned it the TSP+ rating of the IIHS. Among other safety features the most important is a rear-view camera.

2016 Honda Civic – $18,640

2016 Honda Civic - $18,640

One of Honda’s best selling models recently, the 2016 Civic, is known for being very reliable. Also, the car looks very good and it feels great to drive it. Same as every new Honda, the sedan is known for being safe. The best thing about it, though, is its price, which is less than $19k. On top of that, this Civic has an amazing fuel economy – 27 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta – $18,780

2016 Volkswagen Jetta - $18,780

All versions of the 2016 Jetta are compact and fun to drive. They’re also very spacious and comfy when the interior is in question. Those who want to get a cheap sedan that can produce stunning performances, should look no further than Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T. With the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, the Jetta is capable of producing 150 horsepower. Still, being powerful doesn’t mean this car is a fuel-waster. In fact, the new Jetta has a great fuel economy – 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway.

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