10 Best Sedans Under $30,000
When it comes to today's mainstream sedans, advancements in comfort, safety, design and in-cabin technology make them positively luxury-like, which makes them better values than ever. This list of the year's best sedans with starting sticker prices under $30,000 features midsize and compact cars including several redesigned or enhanced models.
All-new for 2019, the Volkswagen Jetta offers crisp, contemporary design, taut yet comfortable driving manners, enhanced safety and driver-assist features, and fresh technology. Better yet, its starting price is below $20,000. And it's all covered by Volkswagen's impressive 6-year/72,000-mile transferable, bumper-to-bumper warranty.
All-new for 2019, the Kia Forte is sportier, more refined and more fuel-efficient, while boasting a healthy amount of safety and infotainment tech. It has also been given a visual makeover, with sharp new styling cues.
When the 2019 Mazda6 goes on sale in early 2019, we anticipate the new model will continue to offer what the 2018 boasts, which we described in the expert review: "If you’re looking for a stylish and well-equipped midsize family sedan with top safety ratings, fuel-efficient engines and a well-earned reputation for reliability, you’ll like the new Mazda6. Buyers also appreciate the Mazda’s fun-to-drive dynamics and its upscale interior."
With a sporty new look, a choice of engines including a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder, and the availability of all-wheel drive for the first time, the all-new 2019 Altima is a fun, comfortable, family-friendly sedan that's ready to take on the elements.
Subaru’s midsize sedan has much more to offer than just standard all-wheel drive. In our full review we noted, “the proven Subaru Legacy remains the go-to car for those who regularly deal with winter’s worst. Toss in the Legacy’s excellent crash-test, resale and reliability scores, and it’s hard to make an argument why anyone wouldn’t want this car.”
In our full review of the 2019 Sonata, we summed up the sedan by saying, “The Hyundai Sonata is a high-tech sedan that’s affordable and stylish. From attractively priced base models to high-end versions with class-above features, the 2019 Sonata has you covered, backed as always by an excellent 10-year powertrain warranty.”
Thanks to a total and radical redesign last year, the Toyota Camry is sportier and more stylish than ever. But its legendary reputation for reliablity and value carries on, and the now more emotionally appealing Camry remains an incredibly smart buy.
The highest-ranking compact car on this list is also this year’s Kelley Blue Book Small Car Best Buy, just as it was last year. The Civic combines power with fuel economy, roominess with fun-to-drive spirit, and technology with ease of use, a mix that dramatically raises the bar for compact cars. Drive a Civic and you just might rethink your need for a midsize car.
Here’s how we summed up the significantly refreshed 2019 Optima in our first review: “The 2019 Kia Optima represents a strong value proposition, backed by laudable quality ratings and Kia’s superb 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty." Adding to the new Optima's appeal: styling tweaks that hint at the Stinger sport sedan, plus a suite of advanced safety technologies that now come standard.
It’s no surprise that our Midsize Sedan Best Buy of 2019 would also top our annual list of best sedans under $30,000. As we explained, "Honda still has the complete package in the Accord, with the largest cabin, great powertrains and an enviable record of high resale value.” That it continues to excel in the face of tough competition from the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima is especially impressive.