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14 Best Cars under $20000 You Will Want to Get Your Hands On

A car in today’s life is more of a necessity than a luxury. Those days are gone when it was considered a unique and fancy thing to have at your disposal. Automobiles have taken over the task of helping people in travelling for business and pleasure immensely, over time.

Today’s world sees a vast number of car manufacturing companies and a surprising array of cars they can choose from. And every car comes with distinct features, advantages, price tags and USPs.

Hence, picking a car can be a harrowing task, especially when you want the best of features but are not too keen to shell out a large amount. To make things easy for you, we have listed some of the best cars under $20000 here.

Take a look at these and when you do, consider the ones that are in accordance with your needs. Be it engine specs or fuel economy make sure you personally research to zero in on a decent package overall.

Let us now take a closer look at these cars to find out what they have to offer on the inside and the outside.


14. Kia Soul (+) – $19,400

Kia Soul

This mind-blowing crossover product by Kia Motors starts from $15,900. However, the ‘+’ version of it comes with a price tag of around 19 grand. This model of the Soul has a 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,999 cc. It has CVVT valve timing similar to the base version, and a compression ration which is slightly higher.

It churns out a whooping 164 BHP @ 6200 RPM and generates a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at just 4000 RPM. It is equipped with an electronically controlled 6 speed auto transmission with an overdrive feature. With a fuel tank capacity of 14.2 gallons, it will give you a combined fuel economy of 27 MPG.

The safety features however, come as standard in all variants of the Soul. It is equipped with a number of airbags and ABS, Electronic Stability Control, EBD, Hill Start Assist Control, etc. to keep you safe while you are on the move.


  • The 2.0 L engine is packed with power.
  • It comes with 14.2 Gallon fuel tank and various safety features.
  • Cruise Control is another benefit.
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  • The vehicle has a boxy look which may not appeal to many people.
  • It has limited cargo space.


  1. Ford Fiesta – $18,040

    Ford Fiesta

The all new Ford Fiesta comes in variants of Sedan and Hatch as well. Looking at the sedan here, the Titanium version of it is priced at 18 grand. It features a 1.6 L inline 4 cylinder engine. The engine generates about 120 HP and a peak torque of 112 lb-ft. It features a 5 speed manual transmission as a standard, and gives you the option of a 6 speed automatic transmission as well.

The safety features of the car include ABS, EBD, Electric Power Assisted Steering to make your handling process easier and Hill Start Assist as well. Giving an estimated fuel economy of 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on a highway, this Fiesta turns out to be quite economical.


  • Equipped with excellent safety features.
  • Offers decent fuel economy.


  • You might find it a little less powerful for a 1.6 L engine.
  • The automatic does not come as a standard.


  1. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – $ 19,595

    Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Outlander Sport by Mitsubishi will stun you with the stunning HID headlamps and the DRL’s. This beauty features a 2.0 Liter inline 4 cylinder engine as far as the base version of the car is concerned.

The more advanced versions however come with a 2.4 Liter engine displacing about 2360 cc compared to the 1998 cc of the base model. A maximum of 148 HP is thrown out @ 6000 RPM and you get the maximum torque delivery of 145 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM.

The transmission on the Outlander is a 5 speed manual (only on the base version). It has a fuel economy of 24 MPG during a drive through the city and 31 MPG on the highway. All the safety features come as a standard on all the variants of the Outlander comprising of Hill Start Assist, ABS, Traction Control Logic, multiple airbags, etc.


  • Powerful 2.0 L engine with a great HP and torque delivery.
  • Decent mileage offered in spite of the powerful engine.
  • Multiple safety features to ensure your well-being on the road.


  • The base version could have come with automatic transmission.


  1. Ford Focus (SE Hatch)– $19,015

    Ford Focus (SE Hatch)

The Focus is loaded with a 2.0 Liter inline 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. It comes with a 5 speed manual transmission and gives you the option of getting a 6 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automatic transmission as well. You could even opt for an EcoBoost engine by Ford that gives out a good 123 BHP and 125 lb-ft of torque, along with an approximate fuel economy of 35 MPG (Combined).

It features multiple airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Control, etc. as a part of the safety package. Cruise control comes as a standard feature and is also one of the most helpful ones.


  • 0 Liter engine on this hatchback gives you great power output.
  • Options of 5 speed and 6 speed transmission available.
  • Offers EcoBoost engine.
  • Stunning looks are an added advantage.


  • Could have had some additional safety features.


  1. Honda Civic (LX)– $ 18,640

    Honda Civic (LX)

Honda is one of the most preferred car manufacturers all over the globe. The Civic features a 2.0 Liter inline 4-Cylinder engine with a displacement of 1996 cc. It revs out a maximum power of 158 BHP @ 6500 RPM and delivers a maximum torque of 138 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM. It features a multi point fuel injection rather than a direct one, compared to the other versions of Civic. Transmission on the Civic is a 6 speed manual transmission.

The fuel tank storage capacity is a good 12.4 gallons, and it ensures you stop less for fuel with a fuel economy of 27 MPG in the city and a good 40 MPG on the highway leading to a combined fuel economy of 31 MPG. ABS, EBD, BA and the Vehicle Stability Assist and Traction Control by Honda ensure you have the safest drive possible.

The features of Cruise control and Lane Keeping Assist System by Honda add to the list of perks of owning the Civic.


  • Powerful Honda engine generates a good amount of power.
  • Great mileage can be extracted from this car.
  • Excellent safety features make it a safe car for this price point.


  • Not much space available for cargo


  1. Honda Civic (Coupe)– $ 19,050

    Honda Civic (Coupe)

  2. This two door fascination features a 2.0 Liter engine just as the Civic. However, for the first time, Honda gives you a turbocharged engine that pumps out 178 HP and packs power into your buy. The transmission is a 6 speed manual transmission that lets you zoom your way with your own timed gearshifts.

Rear view camera gives you eyes at the back to park with ease and precision. It provides you with a Wireless Charging Mat which enables charging your electronic devices without any cables. Driver assist technologies like the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Road Departure Mitigation are featured in the package of Honda Sensing (By Honda).


  • The Coupe enthralls with a unique appearance.
  • Technology embedded is a highlight.
  • Honda Sensing gives you the value for money.


  • Base models of the Civic Coupe are less efficient.
  • The infotainment system needs work.


  1. Mitsubishi Lancer (ES 2.4 AWC)– $ 19,995

    Mitsubishi Lancer (ES 2.4 AWC)

How about a 4-Wheel Drive on a Sedan? The Lancer by Mitsubishi Motors makes it to the list of top cars under $20000. Apart from the stunning looks it offers, there is also the 2.4 Liter inline 4-cylinder engine which offers a displacement of 2360 cc. It delivers a mind blowing power of 168 BHP @ 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 167 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM.

The transmission is a CVT automatic transmission on the ES version of the Lancer. The fuel economy offered is about 23 MPG in city and 31 MPG on highway, giving out a combined mileage of 26 MPG.

It is equipped with a navigation system and cruise control feature as well. ABS, EBD and BA along with Stability Control, Traction Control and Tire Pressure Monitoring System, etc. make up the safety department of the car.

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