Best Cars Under $30k

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We are proud to present our list of the Best Cars for under $30,000 available in model year 2021. This profound package of quality cars includes everything from clever compact SUVs, to spacious sedans. You'll find a family fun station wagon, a ravishing roadster, and several amazing muscle cars. From hot hatches to sports coupes, you'll discover a car for every purpose and personality. There has never been a more profuse number of affordable cars available in the marketplace.

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The year 2021 brings us a wide assortment of vehicles we can recommend to you that are luxurious, spacious, speedy, and best of all, boasting an MSRP under $30K. Yes, we are talking about SUVs under $30K, luxury cars under $30K, and even fast cars under $30K. It's all here and categorized alphabetically by auto manufacturer for your perusal. Best of all, these cars are available at a Lithia Auto Dealer near you.

Honda Accord

Mid-size car

Now in its 10th generation, the faithful Accord is a top-selling mid-size sedan offering performance, lots of room and refinement for the price. The 192-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is plenty fast and the suspension is perfectly tuned. The Accord has earned top scores from both the NHTSA and the IIHS and comes with Honda’s Active-Safety Technology as standard.

  • MPG: Up to 30 city / 38 highway
  • Horsepower: 192 to 252 hp
  • Dimensions: 196" L x 73'' x 57" H
  • Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder
  • Trims: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition, EX-L, Touring 2.0T


Starting MSRP: $25,225

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Mazda6

Mid-size car

This is Mazda’s largest sedan, and it is extremely comfortable, spacious and well appointed. The engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, producing 187-horses with a six-speed transmission. Mazda’s suite of safety features come standard. The front-wheel-drive Mazda 6 is fast becoming a favorite among consumers, earning Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 35 highway
  • Horsepower: 184 to 227 hp
  • Dimensions: 193" L x 72'' x 57" H
  • Curb Weight: 3,437 to 3,582 lbs
  • Trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition, Signature

Starting MSRP: $25,045

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Nissan Altima

Mid-size car

A serious rival to the Camry and Accord, Nissan’s Altima got a complete redesign in 2019. This family sedan is longer and wider than earlier models, and offers a better-functioning interior. The standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder motor makes over 180-horsepower and the Altima is also available in all-wheel-drive. Another of the IIHS Top Safety Picks, the Nissan comes with automatic emergency braking.


  • MPG: Up to 28 city / 39 highway
  • Horsepower: 182 to 236 hp
  • Dimensions: 193" L x 73'' x 57" H
  • Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder, 2.5L 4-cylinder
  • Trims: S, SV, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SL

Starting MSRP: $25,225

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Nissan Rogue

Compact sport utility vehicle

All-new in 2020, Nissan’s Rogue really improved on the crossover it replaced. There’s better seating, a more luxurious interior and standard features that you’d normally find on a bigger SUV. The four-cylinder, 2.5 liter, 181-horsepower motor is an improvement too, offering quicker performance and better highway fuel economy on this all-wheel-drive car. Safety Shield 360 (four camera) Driver Assist comes as standard as well as 360 Radar to avoid running into stuff.

  • MPG: Up to 27 city / 35 highway
  • Horsepower: 181 hp
  • Dimensions: 183" L x 72'' x 67" H
  • Engine: 2.5L 4-cylinder
  • Trims: S, SV, SL, Platinum

Starting MSRP: $25,650

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Toyota Camry

Mid-size car

For over 20 years, the Toyota Camry has been America’s favorite sedan. It has become synonymous with comfort and reliability at an affordable price. The mid-size four-door Camry has earned a Top Safety scores from the IIHS and the base model features an impressive 2.5-liter, 206-horsepower motor. Toyota’s Safety Sense package comes as standard, including automatic emergency braking.

  • MPG: Up to 28 city / 39 highway
  • Horsepower: 202 to 301 hp
  • Dimensions: 192-193" L x 72" W x 56-57" H
  • Engine: 2.5L 4-cylinder, 3.5L V6
  • Trims: LE, LE Hybrid, SE, SE Hybrid, SE Nightshade Edition, XLE, XLE Hybrid, XSE, XSE Hybrid, XLE V6, XSE V6,

Starting MSRP: $25,420

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Volkswagen Tiguan

Compact sport utility vehicle

The Tiguan is actually big enough to include a third row of seating. The engine is a 184-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder that is both smooth and efficient. While this is not a particularly sporty crossover, it is certainly comfortable, with the kind of minimalist interior that VW is known for. There’s Wi-Fi provided by the Car-Net system and optional phone charging as well.


  • MPG: Up to 23 city / 29 highway
  • Horsepower: 184 hp
  • Dimensions: 185" L x 72'' x 66" H
  • Towing Capacity: 1,500lbs
  • Trims: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, SEL Premium R-Line

Starting MSRP: $25,245

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Honda CR-V

Compact sport utility vehicle

In the crossover SUV department, Honda’s CR-V now comes standard with its turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. This represents Honda’s perfect package of drivability, comfort and cargo space. There is also a Hybrid version of this crossover offering better fuel efficiency and all-wheel drive. The CR-V gives you plenty of the latest safety tech as standard.


  • MPG: Up to 28 city / 34 highway
  • Horsepower: 190 hp
  • Dimensions: 182" L x 73'' x 66-6" H
  • Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder
  • Trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring

Starting MSRP: $26,500

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Mazda CX-5

Compact sport utility vehicle

The CX-5 has been praised for its full-range of safety features as standard equipment and its classy interior. Of the cars listed here, the CX-5 is in a class all its own as far as luxury vehicles are concerned. But this crossover also brings you excellent steering, handling and responsive driving at a great price point. Also, available with a 2.5 turbo engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 320lb ft of torque paired with i-Activ all-wheel-drive.


  • MPG: Up to 25 city / 31 highway
  • Horsepower: 187 to 227 hp
  • Dimensions: 179" L x 73'' x 65" H
  • Cargo Volume: 30.9 ft, 59.6 ft with seat area
  • Trims: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Signature

Starting MSRP: $26,370

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Toyota RAV4

Compact sport utility vehicle

The RAV4 keeps getting better with an improved interior and refined driver dynamics for 2021. It’s one of the few crossovers that offer a Hybrid version for better fuel economy. There is also an electric model called the RAV4 Prime that gives you instant acceleration. Android Auto is a standard feature along with Apple CarPlay. The RAV4 models are among Toyota’s bestsellers every year.

  • MPG: Up to 28 city / 35 highway
  • Horsepower: 203 hp
  • Dimensions: 181-182" L x 73'' x 67-69" H
  • Towing Capacity: 1,500 to 3,500lbs
  • Trims: LE, LE Hybrid, XLE, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, XSE Hybrid, Limited, Limited Hybrid

Starting MSRP: $26,050

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Ford Mustang

Sports car

If you want a true muscle car for under $30K, the Ford Mustang might get your motor runnin’. The 310-horspower, 2.3-liter base model comes with a turbo-charged four-cylinder motor and a six-speed transmission. For a few thousand more, you can add the performance package that includes sticky tires and bigger brakes, a sportier suspension and Torsen rear differential for hot-roddin’ fun!

  • MPG: Up to 21 city / 32 highway
  • Horsepower: 310-480 hp
  • Curb Weight: 3,532 to 3,825lbs
  • Engine: 2.3L 4-cylinder, 5.0L V8
  • Trims: Ecoboost, Ecoboost Premium, GT, GT Premium, Mach 1

Starting MSRP: $27,865

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Sports car

Now in its 4th generation, the low-cost but high-performance Miata is a bit larger and more comfortable than its predecessors but still offers a lot of exhilaration for the price. This is a pure, two-seater roadster convertible sporting a 181-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder motor. The Miata feels like it’s on rails in the corners and delivers plenty of white-knuckle acceleration.

  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 35 highway
  • Horsepower: 181 hp
  • Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder, 2.0L 4-cylinder
  • Trims: Sport, Club, Grand Touring

Starting MSRP: $27,525

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Subaru Outback

Sport utility vehicle

We all know the venerable Outback as an adventurous, all-wheel-drive station wagon that has morphed into a crossover SUV in recent years. For 2021, this functional and practical road warrior comes with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and also offers Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standard. It’s still the sporty way to transport your family for under $30K.

  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 33 highway
  • Horsepower: 182 to 260 hp
  • Towing Campacity: 2,700 to 3,500 lbs
  • Dimensions: 191" L x 73" W x 66" H
  • Trims: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring XT

Starting MSRP: $27,845

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Chevrolet Camaro

Sports car

If you want pure performance, the Chevy Camaro might be the sports car for you. For under $30K you get a 275-horseower, 2.0-liter engine with a tire-smokin’ turbo onboard along with a six-speed transmission and a tight chassis. Believe it or not, you can also step up to the 335-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 version with a ten-speed automatic transmission and still keep your MSRP under $30K.


  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 30 highway
  • Horsepower: 275 to 650 hp
  • Curb Weight: 3,351 to 4,120 lbs
  • Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder, 3.6L V6, 6.2L V8
  • Trims: LS, LT, LT1, SS, ZL1

Starting MSRP: $28,090

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Hyundai Veloster N

Sports car

The Veloster N debuted in 2019, becoming Hyundai’s first real performance model. For 2021, the performance package is standard, raising horsepower to 275, making it serious competition for the Volkswagen GTI and the Honda Civic Type R. It also includes an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters, launch control, and lighter sport seats. Driver-assistance features are also standard.
  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 28 highway
  • Horsepower: 275 hp
  • Curb Weight: 3,106 to 3,247 lbs
  • Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder

Starting MSRP: $28,800

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