Each week, Boston.com profiles several cars that consumers can find for below a certain price point in an effort to help you find your dream car faster. The cars listed include new and used models and any financial incentives currently available. Prices posted here are either starting MSRPs for newer vehicles or based on Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price for used vehicles.
2017 Nissan Juke
Starting MSRP: $20,250
Why it’s worth the price: Small, athletic, and easy to park, Nissan’s smallest crossover, the Juke, may appeal to city dwellers who want the ride height and cargo space of an SUV. A 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard. You’ll get more juice from the high-performance NISMO RS trim, which gets a 215-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The base model comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 5-inch color display screen.
2017 Dodge Journey
Starting MSRP: $21,195
Why it’s worth the price: The Dodge Journey boasts one of the lowest base prices for a midsize SUV. The base SE trim seats five passengers, while the Journey’s four upper trims seat seven. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a 3.6-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Journey has few standard features, but the base model is equipped with an infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system.
The Journey earned top scores in nearly all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the crossover got the agency’s lowest rating in the more challenging small overlap front test, which measures a collision’s impact on the vehicle’s front corner. It earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unlike competitors, the Journey doesn’t have many standard safety features. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are optional.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Starting MSRP: $24,915
Why it’s worth the price: Fully redesigned in 2016, last year’s Mazda MX-5 Miata offers more value than almost any other convertible roadster on the market. The famously fun-to-drive MX-5 runs on a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that routes power through a six-speed manual transmission. Despite its breathless acceleration and nimble handling, the Miata achieves best-in-class fuel economy at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The Miata has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Advanced driver safety features such as lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring are available only on the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim.
2015 GMC Acadia
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $23,200
Why it’s worth the price: Looking for an affordable ride that can ferry eight passengers? Consider the 2015 GMC Acadia. Though a two-year-old model may lack some of the newest features (the SUV was redesigned last year), you can find one for half the price of a new model. You’ll still get GMC’s high-performing, 281-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Acadia’s carlike handling helps drivers maneuver in the city or on the highway.
The Acadia earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and excellent scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the 2015 model year. A rearview camera and rear park assist come standard.
2015 Lincoln MKS
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $22,670
Why it’s worth the price: The Lincoln MKS five-passenger luxury sedan offers a composed ride that’s heavy on luxuries, from leather upholstery to standard climate-controlled seats. A 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but the optional 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 provides more power. Every model is equipped with Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio.
The 2015 Lincoln MKS earned top scores in nearly all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the sedan got the agency’s lowest rating in the small overlap front test, which measures a collision’s impact on the vehicle’s front corner. It earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 model comes with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring are available.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider
Starting MSRP: $24,995
Why it’s worth the price: A new model for 2017, the Fiat 124 Spider is one of the most affordable convertibles on the road. The Italian-made sports car gets a 160-horsepower,1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The roadster feels nimble and athletic, and lowering the roof is simple. However, the seats may feel cramped; upgrade to the top-of-the-line Abarth trim for larger sport seats.
The Fiat 124 Spider has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Like many models in its segment, the car doesn’t come with any standard safety features, but rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring are available.