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2012 Family Vehicles: 20 Under $20,000


2012 Chrysler 200 sedan

2012 Chrysler 200 sedan

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With the end of the year in sight, families that are in urgent need of a new vehicle, but don’t want to spend more than $20,000, have a number of choices available.

True, the ones that meet that price-point are the base models, and most come equipped with a manual transmission, but there can be bargains for consumers willing to do their homework.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

We took a look at the compact offerings, both in sedans, wagons, crossovers and SUVs, and have come up with the following list of 2012 family vehicles that are priced less than $20,000, including destination charge.

2012 Dodge Journey

2012 Dodge Journey

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Note that the maximum seating capacity is generally five passengers, although one, the Hyundai Veloster, is four passengers, and the Dodge Journey crossover is seven passengers.

2012 Honda Civic sedan

2012 Honda Civic sedan

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Listed, in order of least expensive net price, are the 20 family vehicles under $20,000 by make/model, segment, base price, destination charge, and net price:

Kia Forte LX - compact sedan, $15,200 base, $750 destination, $15,950 net price
Mazda Mazda3 i SV - compact 4-door, $15,200 base, $795 destination, $15,995 net
Mitsubishi Lancer DE - compact sedan, $15,695 base, $795 destination, $16,490 net
Honda Civic DX - compact sedan, $15,805 base, $770 destination, $16,575 net
Jeep Patriot Sport FWD - compact SUV, $15,995 base, $780 destination, $16,775 net
Nissan Sentra 2.0 - compact sedan, $16,060 base, $760 destination, $16,820 net
Toyota Corolla L – compact sedan, $16,130 base, $760 destination, $16,890 net
Hyundai Elantra GLS – compact sedan, $16,445 base, $760 destination, $17,205 net
Volkswagen Jetta S – compact sedan, $16,495 base, $770 destination, $17,265 net
Ford Focus S – compact sedan, $16,500 base, $795 destination, $17,295 net
Chevrolet Cruze LS – compact sedan, $16,720 base, $750 destination, $17,470 net
Hyundai Veloster – compact 3-door, $17,300 base, $760 destination, $18,060 net
Subaru Impreza 2.0i – compact sedan, $17,495 base, $750 destination, $18,245 net
Volkswagen Golf 2.5L – compact 4-door, $17,795 base, $770 destination, $18,565 net
Honda Insight Hybrid – compact sedan, $18,350 base, $770 destination, $19,120 net
Kia Sportage Base – compact SUV, $18,500 base, $800 destination, $19,300 net
Dodge Avenger SE FWD – mid-size sedan, $18,995 base, $750 destination, $19,745 net
Chrysler 200 LX FWD – mid-size sedan, $18,995 base, $750 destination, $19,745 net
Dodge Journey AVP (American Value Package) – mid-size crossover, $18,995 base, $800 destination, $19,795 net
Hyundai Tucson GL– compact SUV, $19,045 base, $810 destination, $19,855 net

If the absence of other mid-size sedans is noticeable, for example, the Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Legacy, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat, and Kia Optima, along with the compact Jeep Patriot Sport SUV, and the Mazda Mazda5 minivan, that’s because with destination charge factored in, the net price exceeds the $20,000 price target.

With available incentives, many of these vehicles will be within reach, so if you’re interested in them, be sure to check and see what’s being offered in your area.

Whether or not a vehicle meets your family’s needs, besides being within the budget, will come down to a decision that only you can make. Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at a few of these family vehicles side-by-side, to see just what they have to offer.

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