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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 Toyota Camry
2017 Toyota Camry. —Toyota USA
Starting MSRP: $23,070
Why it’s worth the price: Long the best-selling car in the U.S., the Toyota Camry has proven its staying power. The midsize sedan gets 24 mpg around town and 33 mpg on the highway. The Camry’s base model gets a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Shoppers can also choose a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6.
The Camry comes with Toyota’s Entune audio system with voice recognition and a 6.1-inch touch screen. It earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A rearview camera is standard, and blind spot monitoring and dynamic radar cruise control are available.
Current incentives: Check your local Toyota dealership for offers and incentives.
2017 Nissan Altima
2017 Nissan Altima. —Nissan
Starting MSRP: $22,500
Why it’s worth the price: The Nissan Altima is a reliable midsize sedan with spacious seating and excellent fuel economy. The five-passenger sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 179 horsepower. The Altima achieves 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
The NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation is available on the base trim and standard on upper trims. The Altima earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Predictive forward collision warning and radar-based blind spot warning are available.
Current incentives: Check your local Nissan dealership for offers and incentives.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 Chevrolet Malibu. —Chevrolet
Starting MSRP: $21,680
Why it’s worth the price: The Chevrolet Malibu is a dependable midsize sedan that boasts composed handling, decent performance, and strong fuel economy. The Malibu’s base model gets a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter, hybrid four-cylinder engine are available. It delivers 27 mpg around town and 36 mpg on the highway.
The midsize Chevrolet is available with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and the brand’s MyLink infotainment system. The Malibu, which earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has 11 available active safety features, including lane keep assist and low-speed forward automatic braking.
Current incentives: Check your local Chevrolet dealership for more information.
2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V. —Honda
Starting MSRP: $24,045
Why it’s worth the price: The Honda CR-V compact SUV earns high praise for its fuel-efficiency, reliability ratings, and spacious interior. You can snag the LX base model with two-wheel drive for less than $25,000. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 185 horsepower. Fuel economy for the 2017 model is 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The CR-V comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and Pandora compatibility. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation is standard equipment on mid- and upper trims.
Current incentives: Check your local Honda dealership for offers and incentives.
2012 Lincoln Navigator
2012 Lincoln Navigator. —Lincoln
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $23,108
Why it’s worth the price: If you need an eight-passenger ride for less than $25,000, check out the 2012 Lincoln Navigator. The three-row SUV comes with a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. Note that it does get suboptimal fuel economy ratings at 13 mpg around town and 18 mpg on the highway.
The large SUV comes standard with a rearview camera, 10-way power adjustable front seats, and a power-folding 60/40-split third-row seat to accommodate various sizes of cargo. An option for second-row captain’s chairs comes with a large center console between the seats but accommodates only seven passengers.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2012 Lincoln Navigator in good or better condition can range from $20,457 to $25,758 and has a typical mileage of about 106,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2015 Cadillac CTS
2015 Cadillac CTS architecture. —Cadillac
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $22,995
Why it’s worth the price: Competing with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac’s midsize luxury sedan offers American-made luxury and performance. The base model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s also a high-performance twin-turbo V6 that puts out 420 horsepower and an option for all-wheel drive. The five-passenger sport sedan gets decent fuel economy at 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The 2015 model introduced wireless charging and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The CTS also has self-parking technology that can pull into spots both parallel and perpendicular to the curb.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2015 Cadillac CTS in good or better condition can range from $21,366 to $24,623 and has a typical mileage of about 29,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.