Shopping with a budget in mind?

Best Cars for the Money | CarMax

One of the first steps you should take when shopping for a vehicle is to determine your ideal budget. Figuring out a general price range that you can comfortably afford will help you narrow down your options and ensure that you don't spend more than you want to on your next vehicle. Don’t just think about the price, but related costs as well. This can include anything from annual costs of ownership to car insurance coverage, and more.

Check out these best value cars to start your search. This list shares our top-selling cars from July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018 with average prices from $10,000 to $35,000.1


  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Nissan Altima
  4. Ford Focus
  5. Toyota Corolla
  6. Hyundai Sonata
  7. Honda Civic
  8. Chevrolet Cruze
  9. Ford Fusion
  10. Kia Soul


  1. Nissan Altima
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Chevrolet Malibu
  6. Hyundai Sonata
  7. Ford Fusion
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Kia Optima
  10. Ford Fusion Hybrid


  1. Nissan Maxima
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Dodge Challenger
  4. Subaru Outback
  5. Dodge Charger
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Chevrolet Impala
  8. Acura TLX
  9. Hyundai Genesis
  10. Lincoln MKZ


  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Subaru WRX
  4. Nissan 370Z
  5. Chevrolet Corvette
  6. BMW X1
  7. BMW M3
  8. BMW Z4
  9. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  10. Mini Cooper Countryman


  1. Dodge Challenger
  2. Subaru Outback
  3. Dodge Charger
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Ford Focus
  6. Volkswagen Golf
  7. Acura TLX
  8. Mitsubishi Lancer
  9. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  10. Kia Stinger

Over $35,0001

  1. Dodge Charger
  2. Dodge Challenger
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Ford Focus
  5. Kia Stinger
  6. Subaru Outback
  7. Tesla Model 3
  8. Volkswagen Golf
  9. Lexus LC 500
  10. Acura TLX

Looking to drive a car you love at a price you love? If you’re shopping for the best SUVs, small cars or used cars under 10,000, CarMax can help! Check out these other car ranking articles that can help guide you on your search:

1Based on average prices on carmax.com from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on model year, your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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