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 Honda HR-V

Year: 2016
Smaller than the CR-V, but you'll be seeing just as many of them on the road soon.

2016 Hyundai Elantra

Year: 2016
The value and style its fans have come to expect is all still there.

2016 Honda Fit

Year: 2016
Small, stylish, flexible.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Year: 2015
Mercedes crossover goodness at a reasonable price.

2015 Nissan Versa Note

Year: 2015
A frugal hatchback with charm.

2015 Acura ILX

Year: 2015
More than a dressed-up Civic.

2015 Hyundai Elantra

Year: 2015
Still stylish.

2015 Hyundai Accent

Year: 2015
All modern conveniences.

2015 Nissan Versa

Year: 2015
Subcompact with style.

2015 Nissan Sentra

Year: 2015
Life on the upswing.
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