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Each week, Boston.com profiles several cars that consumers can find for below a certain price point in an effort to help you find your dream car faster. The cars listed here include new and used models and consider current financial incentives, and the prices are either starting MSRPs for newer vehicles or Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price for used vehicles.
2016 Nissan Altima
Starting MSRP: $22,500
Why it’s worth the price: Nissan gave the Altima a new look for 2016 that includes a more aggressive-looking grille, available LED headlights, and refreshed tail lights. Inside, the Altima has a quiet and comfortable interior with “zero gravity” bucket seats that can adjust the pressure on your back to help you feel more comfortable after a long drive. It delivers a strong fuel economy of up to 27 mpg city / 39 mpg highway and was named a Top Safety Pick+ winner by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Standard equipment includes front-wheel drive, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry. Higher trims offer 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, voice command recognition, a moonroof, and more.
Current incentives: Northeast consumers can lease a 2016 Altima with $1,999 due at signing. Or get zero percent financing for 72 months. Or get $1,500 bonus cash on the Altima SL. Or get up to $2,500 cash back. All deals expire on October 31, 2016. Contact your local Nissan dealership for more information.
2012 Cadillac SRX
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $20,437
Why it’s worth the price: The Cadillac SRX is an excellent choice among luxury compact SUVs. Buy it used and you can shave about $15,000 off of its original price. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and a strong V6 engine that allows it to accelerate gracefully. All-wheel drive is also available. It get an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, which is decent for the class. IIHS named the 2012 SRX a Top Safety Pick.
Inside, the SRX has a quality interior with comfortable and roomy front seats. Additional features include an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2012 Cadillac SRX in good or better condition can range from as little as $19,188 to as much as $21,685 and has a typical mileage of about 58,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2014 Toyota Avalon
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $21,491
Why it’s worth the price: The Toyota Avalon comes standard with a powerful V6 engine, front-wheel drive, and an automatic transmission. It provides a smooth and quiet ride and gracefully handles windy roads. Inside, it boasts an attractive cabin with top-notch materials and lots of space in the front and rear seats. It gets a fuel economy of 21 mpg city / 31 mpg highway, which is better than many of its rivals. However, it offers slightly less trunk space.
Standard features include heated and power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, and a push-button start.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 Toyota Avalon in good or better condition can range from as little as $20,252 to as much as $22,729 and has a typical mileage of about 41,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2016 Mazda CX-5
Starting MSRP: $21,795
Why it’s worth the price: The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a subcompact SUV that delivers a fun driving experience, strong handling, plenty of storage space, and a great fuel economy. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 155 horsepower, which is enough to drive around town but can feel sluggish on the highway. A more powerful engine that gets 184 horsepower is also available.
The CX-5 also comes with plenty of fun and useful teach features, including a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a user-friendly infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. Additional available safety features including adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
Current incentives: Mazda is offering to lease the CX-5 for $209 per month for 39 months with $1,999 due at signing; or get zero percent financing for 60 months. These incentives expire on October 31, 2016. Contact your local Mazda dealership for more information.
2012 BMW X5
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $21,660
Why it’s worth the price: As a used vehicle, the 2012 BMW X5 costs less than half of what it did when it was new. It has standard all-wheel drive, handles beautifully, and comes with a powerful engine. It also boasts a fuel economy of 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway, which is strong for its class. Inside, it features an upscale-looking cabin and comfortable seats. Standard equipment includes HD Radio, a 12-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and power adjustable seats. Higher trims come with leather seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic moonroof.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2012 BMW X5 in good or better condition can range from as little as $20,163 to as much as $23,156 and has a typical mileage of about 66,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider
Starting MSRP: $24,995
Why it’s worth the price: This is the first year of the Fiat 124 Spider. It comes standard with a manual transmission and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 160 horsepower. Standard features include a leather-coated shifter, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, and cloth upholstery. Bear in mind that the 124 Spider is a driver’s car and only offers two seats.
Higher trims come with a slightly more powerful engine, rear park assist, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and blind spot detection.
Current incentives: Chrysler is currently offering to lease a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica for $289 per month for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing. This incentive expires on October 31, 2016. Contact your local Fiat dealership for more information.
2014 Honda Ridgeline
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $24,095
Why it’s worth the price: The Honda Ridgeline is a compact pickup truck that provides a comfortable ride and comes standard with a powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. The Ridgeline gets a decent fuel economy of 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway.
The Ridgeline’s bed has several unique qualities. It has a built-in trunk that can be locked, and the tailgate door can be lowered or swung open to one side. Available features include Bluetooth, a power sunroof, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Ridgeline was briefly discontinued in 2014. For 2017, Honda has released a new, refreshed version of the Ridgeline. (Here’s what local experts have to say about the Ridgeline’s latest incarnation.)
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 Honda Ridgeline in good or better condition can range from as little as $22,480 to as much as $25,709 and has a typical mileage of about 41,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.