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2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS
With a starting price of $19,695, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS with manual transmission is no plain-Jane family sedan. The GLS is powered by a 198-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. Six airbags, ESC, traction control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and ABS are standard, as are 16-inch steel wheels. Cargo volume in the Sonata’s trunk is 16.4 cubic feet.
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2012 Ford Fusion I4 S
Powered by a 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2012 Ford Fusion I4 S five-passenger sedan is reasonably priced starting from $19,850. It also achieves an EPA-rated 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway fuel economy. Six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control and ABS are standard, as are cloth bucket seats and 16-inch, 10-spoke aluminum wheels. Trunk cargo capacity is 16.5 cubic feet.
Other 2012 family sedans under $20,000 may also include the Kia Optima LX with manual transmission and the Suzuki Kizashi, although the respective automakers haven’t yet released pricing information, so we’ve left them out. The 2012 Mazda 6 ($20,240), Chevrolet Malibu LS ($21,995), Honda Accord LX ($21,380), Toyota Camry XLE ($24,725) and Nissan Altima 2.5 ($20,410) miss our base price target of $20,000, so they aren’t included either.