Is there any good deals left on the U.S. auto market these days? With an average new car price topping $30,000, you could argue every model is a little overpriced. After all, if you wait a few years, you might see your new vehicle’s value cut in half. Not only does that sting your finances once you try to sell; it might make you question your judgment as a consumer.
The fact is shopping for a car tests you on several levels. Going into a purchase with a specific brand in mind (e.g., Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac) could blind you to a vehicle’s weaknesses in reliability and overall value. Sure, you might get a vehicle with a luxury badge that will impress the neighbors, but if you car needs repairs every few months, you will come to hate it.
Auto consumers don’t have to accept poor values on today’s market. To prove the point, we rounded up a crop of vehicles that cost less than $30,000 yet offer you plenty compared to the competition. Here are 10 cars that come cheap but are worth every cent — actually, they’re worth more than their sticker price.