As new vehicles become more efficient and advanced, they earn higher price tags. That doesn’t mean that buyers on a budget can’t find a brand-new vehicle that fits their needs. In most vehicle segments, there are still several vehicles that cost under $25,000.
Subcompact car: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
The subcompact car segment still offers the most affordable vehicles. This includes the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage, which starts at just $13,795.1 The Mirage is also one of the most efficient non-hybrid vehicles on the market, reaching a highway fuel economy rate of 43 mpg.2 For a larger ride, you can opt for the Mirage G4, the sedan variant of the traditional Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback.
Compact car: 2019 Honda Civic
One of the best-selling sedans due to its efficiency and advanced technology, the 2019 Honda Civic carries an asking price of $19,450 for the base trim level.3 In addition to the sedan, Honda offers a range of other Civic versions, including a Honda Civic Coupe and Honda Civic Hatchback, both of which also have starting prices under $25,000.
Hybrid: 2019 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius was one of the forerunners of the hybrid revolution, and it still retains its status as one of the most popular eco-friendly vehicles. Currently, the 2019 Prius achieves a fuel score of 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.4 It also retains a rather affordable price tag of just $23,770.5
Wagon: 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Although station wagons aren’t as abundant as they had been, the remaining wagons on today’s market offer versatile storage and travel options. The most affordable wagon is the Sportwagen version of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, which starts at $211,895. 6 The Golf Sportwagen bears an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode and available 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive? that sends torque to the rear wheels to help you conquer those steep hills.
Subcompact crossover: 2019 Buick Encore
Even luxury brands like Buick offer affordable options within some class. The 2019 Buick Encore is one of the few luxury crossovers with an asking price under $25,000, with base Encore models receiving a $23,200 price tag.7 The Encore offers room for up to five travelers and 48.4 cubic ft. of space for their luggage.
Compact SUV: 2019 Nissan Rogue
Nissan provides versatility and capability to those on a budget with the 2019 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue’s starting price comes in just under $25,000 at $24,920.8 Buying the Rogue will grant you access to the efficient 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine and the roomy cabin. If you’re looking for a somewhat smaller vehicle, the Rogue Sport variant is right up your alley.
Mid-size truck: 2019 Ford Ranger
The 2019 model year sees the long-awaited return of the Ford Ranger. The latest iteration of the automaker’s signature mid-size truck bears an asking price of just $24,300, easily making it one of the most affordable pickup trucks on the market.9 Its standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine works in tandem with a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission to deliver 270 horsepower and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque, assisting with any task at hand.
Despite increases in the average price for a new vehicle, there are still plenty of automotive options available if you want to save money without having to sacrifice the latest features and technology.
1Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details.
2EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.
3MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
4Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars, $860 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), and $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
52019 EPA-estimated 54 city/50 hwy/52 combined mpg estimates for Prius LE, XLE, and Limited. Actual mileage will vary.
6Ask your dealer if this vehicle meets the emissions requirements of the state in which you are registering the vehicle. Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.
7The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Buick vehicles’ destination freight charges.
8Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, options and destination charge. Dealer sets actual price.
9MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z, and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z, or X plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby Gt250R prices exclude gas guzzler tax. Vehicle image shown is for illustration purposes only and may not be base vehicle.