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Best Cars Under 30K | Carmax

There are so many choices when it comes to cars that will suit your lifestyle—stylish hatchbacks like the Honda Civic or Kia Forte, roomy sedans like the Nissan Maxima or Volkswagen Passat, and sporty coupes like the Dodge Challenger. With such an impressive selection, choosing your ideal car has never been simpler.

Take a look at our list of the 30 best used cars with average prices less than $30,000, based on CarMax average prices and sales data from September 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020, to see which of these vehicles is right for you.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000.

  1. Nissan Altima
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Altima | CarMax
  2. Nissan Sentra
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Sentra | CarMax
  3. Honda Civic
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Honda Civic | CarMax
  4. Hyundai Elantra
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Hyundai Elantra | CarMax
  5. Honda Accord
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Honda Accord | CarMax
  6. Toyota Corolla
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Toyota Corolla | CarMax
  7. Toyota Camry
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Toyota Camry | CarMax
  8. Hyundai Sonata
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Hyundai Sonata | CarMax
  9. Chevrolet Malibu
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Chevrolet Malibu | CarMax
  10. Ford Fusion
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fusion | CarMax
  11. Chevrolet Cruze
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax
  12. Kia Optima
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Kia Optima | CarMax
  13. Ford Focus
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Ford Focus | CarMax
  14. Mercedes-Benz C300
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Mercedes-Benz C300 | CarMax
  15. Volkswagen Jetta
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Volkswagen Jetta | CarMax
  16. Kia Soul
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Kia Soul | CarMax
  17. Nissan Versa
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Nissan Versa | CarMax
  18. Dodge Charger
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Dodge Charger | CarMax
  19. Kia Forte
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Kia Forte | CarMax
  20. Nissan Maxima
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Nissan Maxima | CarMax
  21. Infiniti Q50
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Infiniti Q50 | CarMax
  22. Dodge Challenger
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Dodge Challenger | CarMax
  23. Subaru Outback
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Subaru Outback | CarMax
  24. Mazda Mazda3
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax
  25. BMW 328
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: BMW 328 | CarMax
  26. Ford Fusion Hybrid
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax
  27. Volkswagen Passat
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Volkswagen Passat | CarMax
  28. Toyota Prius
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Toyota Prius | CarMax
  29. Lexus ES 350
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Lexus ES 350 | CarMax
  30. Chrysler 300
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Chrysler 300 | CarMax

Hatchbacks and sedans dominate our list, and with good reason—they come in a great mix of shapes and sizes to suit you, and provide an unbeatable blend of practicality, style, and in some cases performance. At the smaller end is the Honda Civic, which is ideal for city driving. Larger options like the Nissan Maxima or Dodge Charger can seat five with plenty of comfort and space. And in the midsize bracket that blends the best of both worlds, you have picks like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

If you're after some performance thrills, we've got that covered. The 2018 Dodge Challenger has a great selection of high-performance engines, from a 3.6L V6 up to a 6.2L supercharged V8 producing 707 horsepower. All of that comes in a car that's comfortable for everyday cruising.

If it's luxury you're after, you can't go wrong with the Lexus ES 350, or the Infiniti Q50 — both are bound to turn heads on your commute or as your run errands.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com from September 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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