New cars under $20,000
Base price: $16,000
30 mpg city/38 mpg highway (manual)
Drive a Fiat 500 and youll attract more attention than a Ferrari. While the novelty lasts — and it will, because its not a Smart ForTwo — the 500 is a substantial little car. Despite its stubby length, you dont wear this car like a tight suit. Ample room, plenty of features (like two-tone leather seats) and the color palette of a Kitchen Aid mixer make it special. Fuel economy is so-so, but you'll out-park everyone on Newbury Street.