10 great first cars

With prices under $25,000 (some way under) these cars make excellent choices for those shopping for their first new set of wheels.

Honda Fit
If you're looking for a hatchback:
Honda Fit
Base prices: $14,000 to $16,000

Engine and transmission: 109 horsepower, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed automatic or manual transmission

Fuel economy: 33 city, 38 highway, 35 combined with manual transmission; 31/38/34 with automatic

Today's Honda Fit is what the Honda Civic used to be: a straight-up economy model. The Fit is fun and functional, and it gets excellent fuel economy.

The back seats fold completely flat to make for lots of cargo space. Even when set up for sitting, though, there's open space under the seatsfor stowing baggage.

The Fit's automatic transmission even comes with a steering wheel paddle shifter that allows the driver to quickly intervene and choose gears when needed.


Fusion

Aura

Rondo

Lancer

Fit

Versa

Cooper

Escape

SX4

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