Those who were aiming to buy a new car for less than $30,000 that looked good and was reliable had many options in 2016, and in 2017 the pool of choices has become even more varied and includes everything from pickups to compact cars. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice performance, style, or quality to get an affordable ride, and many of the models on this list are an absolute steal. Here are ten of the top cars under $30,000 that you can buy in 2017.
2017 Dodge Charger – $27,995
This is a great option if you’re looking for performance as well as a vehicle that looks good. The 2017 Dodge Charger SE has a 3.6 liter V6 engine that produces 292 hp, and the base sedan comes in at under $30,000. Even the SE version of the car is just $30,245 and each is packed with advanced features that make it well worth a look.
2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman – $26,395
If you’re searching for an affordable pickup, one of the best models available is the 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman. It’s a four door, versatile beast that has a towing capacity of up to 8,220 pounds. There are three engine options that produce between 240 hp and 395 hp, with the 3.6 liter V6 and 5.7 liter V8 coming in at under $30,000. The four wheel drive 3.6 liter V6 is $30,995, which is still a great value.
2017 Ford Focus ST – $24,775
The Ford Focus being on this list probably comes as no surprise, as it’s been one of the best cars under $30,000 on the market for years now. 2017’s iteration has 252 hp, a great look with a sporty edge, and a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. It’s not bad in the speed department either, as it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds. Other standout features include an interior that looks like it belongs in a more expensive car and excellent tires.
2017 Chevy Sonic – $15,145
Chevrolet’s 2017 Sonic has a tiny price compared to all of the features that come with it. It’s not just one of the best cars under $30,000, it costs less than $20,000 for the sedan and hatchback versions. The exterior of this year’s model is attractive and stylish, and the interior has some nice surprises as well including 4G connectivity, onboard Wi-Fi, and a touchscreen infotainment system. It’s a good pick for anyone who demands a vehicle that’s compact, efficient, practical, and agile.
2017 Honda Fit – $15,990
Another awesome affordable car that will save you a bundle is the 2017 Honda Fit. Each of its five configurations are available for less than $30,000 and you really can’t go wrong with it if you’re looking for fuel efficiency, practicality, and a good degree of comfort. It has a 1.5 liter engine that produces 130 hp, a handy infotainment system with a seven inch touchscreen, and you can choose between CTV and a six speed manual. What’s most surprising about the Honda Fit is the roomy interior — it can accommodate much more than you’d think due to its ability to be configured in several different ways.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler – $23,995
It’s not easy finding a tough cars under $30,000 that can off-road with ease and look good doing it. However, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler is an exception that won’t break the bank. This attractive SUV has great styling inside and out, and its the car you’ll want if you like to head out for adventurous weekends. It has a 4×4 system, Rubicon rock rails, and is plenty comfortable. Plus, you can use this car during the week as your regular commuter with no problems as its fuel efficiency is rather decent.
2017 Nissan Juke NISMO – $24,830
Nissan continues its innovative streak with the Juke NISMO, a 1.6 liter four cylinder car that has 188 hp. It’s small, but packed with excellent features and good performance. Sports seats, a lower suspension than its previous iteration, ground effects, and a unique style all make this model worth its price. Both the NISMO and NISMO RS with all wheel drive cost less than $30,000, and the former can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.
2017 Chevy Camaro – $25,905
Really, how can you go wrong buying a Camaro? The 2017 model is absolutely gorgeous, and the coupe version is available for just under $26,000. Another option is the 2017 Camaro convertible that costs $31,905, which isn’t bad at all. The coupe has several engine configurations available, including a 2.0 liter four cylinder, 3.6 liter V6, and 6.2 liter V8. This car has been around so long for a reason and it’s one of the most iconic American sports cars ever made. Fortunately, you can get a new one these days without spending an arm and a leg.
2017 Mini Cooper – $20,950
The MINI is still a favorite among those who prefer speedy compact cars with plenty of versatility, which is why it’s one of the best cars under $30,000 to consider in 2017. This year’s iteration is available in a hatchback style for just over $20,000 and a convertible version for a base price of $25,950. Engine options include a 1.5 liter three cylinder and 2.0 liter four cylinder, with each producing 134 hp and 228 hp, respectively. It’s an all around excellent subcompact, and its style is as great as it ever was.
2017 Honda Accord Sport – $24,415
One of the best things about the 2017 Honda Accord Sport is how practical and affordable it is, and it’s definitely a top value. Having attractive styling and a nice interior is a bonus, and both the manual and CVT iterations of the car are available new for less than $30,000. The 2017 Honda Accord Sport comes equipped with a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine that produces 189 hp, and it retains the awesome updates that drew so many people to the model last year. Its interior space is quite roomy, and the model is one of the best mid-size sedans available in this price range.
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