With the New Year almost upon us, some consumers may be thinking about shopping for a new car. But making a purchase so soon in 2015 has to make sense, doesn’t it? We really do want a bargain. With this in mind, we looked for and found these 10 fun-to-drive 2015 cars under $20,000. Check them out and see if these bargain prices for fun rides meet with your wants and needs.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic LT – With a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (a $700 option), six-speed automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo with USB port, CD player and Bluetooth audio streaming, 15-inch painted aluminum wheels and more, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic LT sedan is a real bargain at manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) from $18,770. Add a rear-vision camera for $200 for even more safety and security. Want even more driving excitement? Move up to the Sonic LTZ (shown), starting from $19,060 (with standard six-speed manual transmission) and lots of extra goodies like leather seats, Pandora® and Stitcher SmartRadio™ capability, rear vision camera and more.

2015 Fiat 500 pop – It may come in a small package, but that doesn’t take away the fun of the 2015 Fiat 500 pop. Powered by a 1.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine coupled to a five-speed manual transmission, the starting MSRP is an affordable $16,645. Of course, adding a six-speed automatic transmission ($1,350), 15-inch aluminum wheels and other options to customize the Fiat 500 pop will tack onto the out-the-door price.

2015 Ford Focus S – Sporting a fresh new design inside and out, the 2015 Ford Focus S sedan offers drivers looking for a reasonably-priced yet fun-to-drive small car some interesting options. MSRP begins at $17,170 for the Focus S, standard with a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is optional) and rearview camera.

2015 Honda Fit LX – With a $15,650 starting MSRP, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit LX hatchback features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, a six-speed manual transmission, multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and a whole lot more. The cabin is roomier with more interior space, and the Fit for 2015 is quicker and more fuel efficient than ever.

2015 Hyundai Accent GLS – For a good-looking and fuel-efficient small sedan, the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS also comes with an attractive starting price of $15,745 (with automatic transmission). Popular add-ons include equipment, style, and power sunroof – though these will up the price by $600, $800 and $900, respectively.

2015 Kia Soul base – The starting price is just right at $15,100, and the 2015 Kia Soul in base trim doesn’t disappoint. The five-passenger cute wagon is versatile, roomy, fun to drive and offers numerous technological surprises. What’s more, Kia says the Soul is “totally tailored for comfort.”

2015 Mazda3 iSV – The lowest-priced 2015 Mazda 3 is the iSV sedan, starting at $16,945. For this you get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve transmission (VVT), SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry, push-button start, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and more.

2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i – The least-expensive 2015 Subaru Impreza is the 2.0i, which includes standard all-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter BOXER four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, power side mirrors and windows, a rear-vision camera and more for a starting price of $18,195. EPA-estimated fuel economy is up to 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.

2015 Toyota Corolla L – With its generous list of standard equipment, loads of rear-seat legroom, impressive fuel economy and pleasant ride, the 2015 Toyota Corolla L sedan is priced to please starting from $16,900.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Launch Edition – With its 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI engine matched with a five-speed manual transmission, the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Launch Edition trim (available only as a two-door hatchback), is roomy, versatile, boasts a refined interior, strong acceleration, excellent visibility and easy maneuverability. The price is right as well, starting at $17,995.

Also note that destination charges are extra, so factor that into the overall price.

 

 

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