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There's a car for everyone here.

Best Cars Under 30K | Carmax

If you're looking for a used car and have a strict budget to stick to, you've come to the right place. You've got so many choices, from roomy sedans like the Nissan Maxima or Chevrolet Impala, to stylish hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta or Kia Forte. You can even find a sporty coupe in this list, too.

Take a look at our list of the 30 best used cars with average prices less than $30,000 (based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 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 Sentra
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Sentra | CarMax
  2. Hyundai Elantra
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Hyundai Elantra | CarMax
  3. Nissan Altima
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Altima | CarMax
  4. Honda Civic
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Honda Civic | 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. Kia Optima
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Kia Optima | CarMax
  10. Chevrolet Malibu
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Chevrolet Malibu | CarMax
  11. Ford Fusion
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fusion | CarMax
  12. Chevrolet Cruze
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax
  13. Ford Focus
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Ford Focus | CarMax
  14. Volkswagen Jetta
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Volkswagen Jetta | CarMax
  15. Kia Forte
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Kia Forte | CarMax
  16. Nissan Versa
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Versa Note | CarMax
  17. Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax
  18. Infiniti Q50
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Infiniti Q50 | CarMax
  19. Nissan Maxima
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Nissan Maxima | CarMax
  20. Mercedes-Benz C300
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Mercedes-Benz C300 | CarMax
  21. Mazda Mazda3
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax
  22. Ford Fiesta
    Best Used Cars Under $30k: Ford Fiesta | CarMax
  23. Dodge Challenger
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Dodge Challenger | CarMax
  24. Dodge Charger
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Dodge Charger | CarMax
  25. Hyundai Accent
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Hyundai Accent | CarMax
  26. Chrysler 300
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Chrysler 300 | CarMax
  27. Toyota Prius
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Toyota Prius | CarMax
  28. Volkswagen Passat
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: Volkswagen Passat | CarMax
  29. Chevrolet Impala
    Best Cars Under $30,000: Chevrolet Impala | CarMax
  30. BMW 328
    30 Best Used Cars Under $30K: Ranked: BMW 328 | 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 a blend of practicality, style, and, in some cases, performance. If you're looking for a great city driver, take a look at the Honda Civic or Ford Fiesta - both are well suited for urban driving.

If space is at the top of your must-have list, the Nissan Maxima or Chevrolet Impala are bound to tick your boxes. But if you need a bit of excitement in your daily drive, consider the Dodge Charger, it has sedan space with muscle car heritage.

At the top of our list is the compact Nissan Sentra, which gives you the best of both worlds. It's small enough to take into the city but you still get plenty of room for luggage and groceries (the 2018 model has 15.1 cu-ft of trunk space). Another good all-rounder is the Toyota Camry, which is perfect for young professionals or growing families.

If you're after some performance thrills, the Dodge Challenger has that covered. It's comfortable for everyday cruising but where the Challenger really shines is on the open road. The 2018 model has a great selection of high-performance engines, from a 3.6L V6 up to a 6.2L supercharged V8 producing 707 horsepower.

If it's hybrid technology you're after, take a look at the Ford Fusion Hybrid or the Toyota Prius, both of which are great choices if you're looking for something practical.

There's also plenty of luxury on this list in the shape of the Infiniti Q50, BMW 328, and Mercedes-Benz C300. Each of these choices will get you to your destination in premium comfort.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 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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