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2017 Ford Fusion
2017 Ford Fusion. —Ford
Starting MSRP: $22,120
Why it’s worth the price: The Ford Fusion is a comfortable mid-size sedan with high safety scores and enough space for the whole family. The five-seater is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a decent 175 horsepower. However, at 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the Fusion’s fuel economy lags other mid-size sedans’.
Upper trim levels get Ford’s upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system for 2017. It is not available on the base model.
The Fusion earned top scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is standard, and other advanced technology features, such as adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert, are available.
Current incentives: Check offers and incentives with your local Ford dealership.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier. —Chevrolet
Starting MSRP: $23,100
Why it’s worth the price: The Chevrolet Equinox crossover is a smooth-riding, affordable SUV that provides passengers with plenty of space. The base model gets a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It achieves 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. An available 3.6-liter V6 delivers 201 horsepower but costs thousands of dollars more and is not as fuel-efficient. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is optional, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are not yet available on the Equinox.
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is standard. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are available.
Current incentives: Check your Chevrolet dealership for offers and incentives.
2017 Buick Encore
2017 Buick Encore. —Buick
Starting MSRP: $22,990
Why it’s worth the price: The Buick Encore subcompact SUV seats five and is suited to maneuvering in the city. The base model comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 138 horsepower and average fuel economy at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for the 2017 model year.
The 2017 Encore earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A $495 Safety Package offers blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Current incentives: Check offers and incentives with your local Buick dealership.
2017 Honda Accord
2017 Honda Accord sedan touring. —Honda
Starting MSRP: $24,125
Why it’s worth the price: The Honda Accord sedan is a dependable workhorse designed for commuters. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the base model gets 23 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the highway. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
The 2017 Honda Accord earned outstanding ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Models with an automatic transmission come with an option for the $1,000 Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which includes rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
Current incentives: Check your Honda dealership for offers and incentives.
2017 MINI Cooper Clubman
2017 MINI Cooper Clubman. —MINI
Starting MSRP: $24,100
Why it’s worth the price: MINI’s largest car feels luxurious and fun to drive. Fully redesigned for 2016, the five-passenger Clubman gets a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available. At 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, the base Clubman’s fuel economy is below average for a subcompact.
The 2017 Clubman has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic parallel park assist, and a rearview camera are available.
Current incentives: Check your MINI dealership for offers and incentives.
2015 Lexus CT
2015 Lexus CT. —Lexus
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $21,337
Why it’s worth the price: Lexus’ smallest hybrid delivers excellent fuel economy and luxury at a reasonable price. The CT’s 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and 80-horsepower electric motor gets a combined 43 mpg. The 2015 model introduced Siri Eyes Free and comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius XM radio, and Bluetooth.
The 2015 Lexus CT hybrid earned top scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car was not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 came with some optional advanced safety features, including a rearview camera and forward collision warning.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2015 Lexus CT in good or better condition can range from $19,421 to $23,252 and has a typical mileage of about 31,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.