8. Scion FRS – $26,000
People who are in the market for a car that is a bit sportier should consider the Scion FRS (soon to become the Toyota FRS). This car delivers exceptional handling and a sports car feel for only about $26,000. While some critics have knocked the car for lacking the power of its competitors, it nonetheless delivers smooth acceleration and nimble handling for a great ride. A rear view camera, seven inch touchscreen console and tricked out audio system are all standard in the FRS. And, the car gets 30 miles per gallon of gas when driven on the highway, which is above average for this class of car. Add in a sleek interior equipped with racing style seats, and you’ll be hard-pressed not to fall in love with this sporty little car.
7. Mazda 3 – $19,000
For cars whose prices start under $20,000, it is difficult to beat the Mazda 3. Rated the number one hatchback for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report magazine, the Mazda 3 delivers on performance, style and fuel economy. The redesigned dashboard has been winning praise from people, as have standard components such as a rear view camera, Bluetooth, push-button start, a USB port, cruise control, high definition radio, smartphone app integration and the “Mazda Connect” infotainment system that comes with a seven inch touch screen. Forty-one miles per gallon of gas when driving on a highway is better than most competing cars, and the cargo room in the hatchback version of the Mazda 3 is said to be superior to all other cars in this class, making it a great and affordable option for people.