Looking for a new set of wheels under $30,000? We got you covered!

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The average new car stickers for roughly $38,000, but there's a bunch of new cars that come in well below that, even fully loaded. I tried my best to diversify this list, but with the limited number of sedans and overbearing number of crossovers and SUVs, these are the ten best vehicles I could think of for less than $30,000.

1. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has become an incredible offering in a class of vehicles that aren't necessarily known for their refinement. The Civic offers multiple body styles, a manual transmission, and a wide variety of colors to make it either stand out or blend in. Add in a large suite of safety features, optional 15-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and the Civic can look just as premium as any other car on the road.

2. Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro can scratch that muscle car itch for under $30,000 without a spartan interior and no air conditioning like the Camaros of yesteryear. A Camaro coupe in LT trim with the 335 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 in Crush (Orange) with the tech package stickers for $29,780 which is enough power and pizzazz to turn heads, and leaves you enough money to start investing in aftermarket parts.

3. Mazda 6

In a world where sedans are being exiled to used car lots, Mazda slammed a 2.5-liter turbocharged four cylinder into the Mazda6 to boost power from 187 to 250. Not only that, but the Mazda6 Grand Touring also stickers for $29,500 before destination charges. If you're able to haggle a little bit, you can totally walk out the door for less than $30,000 and be behind the wheel of the best mid-size sedan in the business.

4. Chevrolet Traverse

If your needs are more family oriented than burning rubber, then the Chevrolet Traverse is a great option. The base trim Traverse still comes equipped with Chevrolet's MyLink system and a 3.6-liter V6. The base Traverse rides really well. I just took one on a midnight run from my house to Atlantic City on a two-hour highway ride, and it handled it with ease. Families that are upgrading from an older vehicle will be beyond satisfied with the features that are available on a base-spec Traverse, and it won't leave you thinking that you needed that heated steering wheel.

5. Jeep Wrangler

If you're in a rather temperate area of the US, do you really NEED climate control? If you find yourself answering "No" to that question, then you are allowed to purchase a Jeep Wrangler for under $30,000. A two-door Wrangler Sport in "Hellayella" (Yellow) can be had for $29,790. If it gets too hot, you can always take the roof and doors off for a little more breeze. If it gets too cold, spend that extra $210 on a really good outfit to keep warm.

6. Nissan Altima

Move over, Subaru. There's a new mid-size sedan with all-wheel-drive on the block. The Altima is no stranger to the mid-size sedan market, and while sales may not be as great as the last generation, Nissan has brought a bunch of new toys to the Altima, and a lot of them can be had on vehicles for less than 30 Gs.

On the base engine cars, all-wheel-drive can now be equipped, which is a necessity for the northern markets. SR trim cars are the most diverse of the bunch, because they can have either the base engine and all-wheel-drive, or the new VC-Turbo engine and front-wheel-drive. An SR VC-Turbo can be had for $29,750 which ups power from 182 to 236. That's a lot of bang, for not a lot of buck.

7. Honda CR-V

Just unveiled for 2020 comes the facelifted Honda CR-V. In EX-L trim, this legendary compact crossover can be had for $29,850 which includes a black leather interior and Honda Sensing, which is Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist System. With a suite of features like that, and the leather, its no wonder why Honda sells hundreds of thousands of CR-Vs each year.

8. Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid

Ford is having a bit of a renaissance with a bunch of new SUV models in the pipeline, and one of their hopeful heavy hitters is the Escape Plug-in Hybrid. The Escape Plug-in Hybrid will start at $28,255 which will make it one of the more affordable PHEVs on the market. It will also make it rather unique in the compact crossover market, where the Escape might be in a league of its own. While time will tell if the Escape Plug-in Hyrbid will be any good, for now I can say that it looks good, and it's priced pretty well too.

9. Ford F-150

At $28,495, there's a decent amount of wiggle room to spruce up an F-150 XL. You could opt for the eight foot bed, or you could add the Trailer Tow Package and do some manly-man truck things in your new base F-150. The 3.3-liter V6 makes plenty of power and the F-150 is capable of towing 5,000 in this guise, so go do some truck things. In all honesty, I'd have less care about breaking a base-spec F-150 than a Colorado LT or the equivalent mid-size truck.

10. Mazda Miata

It's almost sacrilege to think that there are value-oriented lists of vehicles that the Mazda Miata isn't on. Not this list though, because this smiling roadster slides in with its 181 horsepower and its great styling. A Miata Sport with the Soul Red paint and I-Activsense Sport Package and the aluminum pedals stickers for $29,445. That gives you over $500 to spend on gas as you cruise and carve mile after mile.

The Takeaway

There are plenty of automakers that are producing cheap vehicles, and if you hold your wallet tighter than you hold the steering wheel, most of these vehicles can be had for even less than the prices that I optioned them out at. There's plenty of cheap cars out there, but in this case, cheap doesn't mean bad.

What do you think of this list? Did I miss your favorite sub-$30,000 vehicle? Comment Below!

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