First Car Guide

We define First Car material as a car priced right—close to or under $20,000—for someone just starting out. Ideally it’s also compact, fuel efficient, a safety leader, and equally well suited for an empty nester or just about anyone on a serious budget.

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2016 Kia Forte and Forte5

Year: 2016

As a hatchback or a sedan, this is a lot of little car for a little money.

2016 Kia Rio

Year: 2016

A fresh face for the economy-minded subcompact.

2016 Chrysler 200

Year: 2016

A mid-size sedan that you can get with AWD, and under $30,000.

2016 Chevrolet Trax

Year: 2016

Urban runabout with a dash of practicality.

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

Year: 2016

All the economy and more than its share of fun.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Year: 2016

No diesel this year, but an all-new version of the popular compact car.

2015 Toyota Prius c Four

Year: 2015

It’s all about that fuel economy.

2016 Smart ForTwo

Year: 2016

Small wonder gets a bit bigger and a bit nicer.

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