2012 Chrysler 200 sedanEnlarge Photo
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
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 JourneyEnlarge Photo
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 sedanEnlarge Photo
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
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.