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Best Cars Under 30K | Carmax

If you're shopping for a sedan, you've got more options than ever before. You’ll want to find a car that’s not only a great value, but one that’s loaded with practical features and fun to drive.

Looking for something smaller with responsive handling and easy maneuverability? A compact or sub-compact sedan, like the Chevrolet Cruze or Kia Forte, may fit the bill. Need lots of space for cargo and passengers? A full-size sedan, like the Dodge Challenger, can offer comfortable seating for up to five people. In between, mid-sized sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord strike a practical balance of space and comfort.

You’ll find all these cars and more in our list of the 30 best cars under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000. As a bonus, this list has expanded from 10 to 30 vehicles for you to explore and choose from:

  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. Toyota Camry
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Toyota Camry | CarMax
  6. Honda Accord
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Honda Accord | CarMax
  7. Toyota Corolla
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Toyota Corolla | CarMax
  8. Hyundai Sonata
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Hyundai Sonata | CarMax
  9. Ford Focus
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Focus | CarMax
  10. Ford Fusion
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fusion | CarMax
  11. Chevrolet Malibu
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Malibu | CarMax
  12. Chevrolet Cruze
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax
  13. Kia Optima
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Kia Optima | CarMax
  14. Kia Soul
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Kia Soul | CarMax
  15. Nissan Versa
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Versa Note | CarMax
  16. Volkswagen Jetta
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Volkswagen Jetta | CarMax
  17. Mazda Mazda3
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax
  18. Nissan Maxima
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Maxima | CarMax
  19. Kia Forte
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Kia Forte | CarMax
  20. Hyundai Accent
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Hyundai Accent | CarMax
  21. Chevrolet Impala
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Impala | CarMax
  22. Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax
  23. Dodge Charger
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Dodge Charger | CarMax
  24. Ford Fiesta
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fiesta | CarMax
  25. Toyota Prius
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Toyota Prius | CarMax
  26. Subaru Outback
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Subaru Outback | CarMax
  27. Dodge Challenger
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Dodge Challenger | CarMax
  28. Volkswagen CC
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Volkswagen CC | CarMax
  29. Chrysler 200
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chrysler 200 | CarMax
  30. Chevrolet Volt
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

No matter what you've got in mind for your next vehicle, a sedan can be a great choice. The Subaru Outback, for example, comes standard with all-wheel drive—whereas cars like the Chevrolet Volt are designed to run on battery power so you can make fewer stops at the pump.

Looking for something sporty and fun? The Dodge Charger comes standard with a powerful 3.6L V6 engine at 292 horsepower in its base SXT trim (2018 model year). If the daily urban commute is a priority, then the small yet capable Ford Fiesta might top your list. And, if you’re looking for a touch of luxury, the Chrysler 200 and Nissan Altima are feature rich with lots of curb appeal.

Interested in any cars on this list? You can start shopping now or check out these related articles to help you on your search:

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