3 affordable and fuel-efficient new cars for under $25,000
Gas prices have not dipped below the $3 mark in some time, which is why many drivers count fuel economy among their top priorities when looking for new cars. Thanks to government guidelines that require automakers to adhere to strict fuel economy standards, more and more vehicles that offer high mileage are emerging on the market - many of which exceed 35 miles per gallon. While some options carry high price tags, there are more affordable models that won’t break a driver’s budget, making it easy for those using car loans to find the vehicles they want. Here are five fuel efficient models that cost less than $25,000.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta ($16,720):
The chic Jetta has long been a popular sedan that attracts attention with its fun styling and driveability, and the new model is one of the most affordable on the market this year. The standard Jetta gets 34 mpg on the highway, which may not be the best fuel economy available, but is far from the worst. The German automaker also offers a clean diesel version ($23,055) that gets 42 mpg on the highway, and a hybrid model ($26,990) that has an estimated 48 mpg fuel economy on the highway.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo ($22,100):
This sporty sedan may pique the interest of those looking for a thrilling driving experience, as it comes with a 201-horsepower engine. This is 63 more horses than the standard version, but drivers won’t notice much of a difference at the pump. The standard Veloster gets 37 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission, and the Turbo version (with manual transmission) has an estimated 35-mpg highway rating, according to FuelEconomy.gov. This allows drivers to opt for more power without sacrificing much fuel efficiency.
2013 Toyota Prius ($24,200):
For those looking to reduce their overall fuel consumption, a hybrid may be the way to go. Most green options tend to be on the pricier side, but the Prius can fit into a tight budget. This eco-friendly car has been on the market for many years now, and received numerous awards that prove its worth. The electric/gasoline powered car gets up to 51 mpg in the city, making it even more desirable. Plus, hybrid cars may qualify for tax rebates, and the money drivers save in taxes can be put toward their monthly auto loan payments.
These are just a few of the options that may fall into a car shopper’s budget, and there are many other affordable and fuel-efficient cars on the market as well, so drivers will want to do their research before securing a new car loan to purchase their next ride.