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.

Ford Fusion
If you're looking for a midsized sedan:
Ford Fusion
Base prices: $17,400, with I-4, to $24,000 with V6

Engine and transmission: 160 horsepower, 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed automatic or manual transmission or 221 horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 with 6-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive available.

Fuel economy: 23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined with 4-cylinder (manual or automatic); 20/28/23 with V6

A good, reliable midsized sedan, the Fusion offers more driving enjoyment than a Camry with ample trunk space, comfortable seating for four (you can fit five) and stylish looks.

Consumer Reports says the V6 Fusion is actually more trouble-free than V6 Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys.

With contrasting stitching on its optional leather seats, the Fusion even looks good from the inside. If you need to haul long items, you can fold down the back seats right from the trunk leaving a big pass-through straight into the interior.


Fusion

Aura

Rondo

Lancer

Fit

Versa

Cooper

Escape

SX4

Rav4
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