Despite the rise in the price of the average new car, there are still many safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient models available for $25,000 or less. While almost every major brand still sells compact sedans, and many seem strikingly similar, once you dig into the data to see how they perform in Consumer Reports’ tests and owner surveys, significant differences emerge.
To help you make a smart and informed purchase decision, we present the best compact cars under $25,000 based on CR’s Overall Scores. Every model is recommended and well-equipped at this price. We based eligibility on their as-tested price, although several can be optioned up to $30,000 and beyond.
Be aware that the Overall Scores change over time as new information, such as reliability data, becomes available. The model pages always reflect our latest ratings.