6 new and used cars you can get for under $20,000

Subcompacts and small crossovers included.

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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 include new and used models and any financial incentives currently available. Prices posted here are either starting MSRPs for newer vehicles or based on Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price for used vehicles.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle

2017 Volkswagen Beetle. —Volkswagen
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Starting MSRP: $19,995

Why it’s worth the price: The Volkswagen Beetle counts among a rarefied breed of cars that’s achieved icon status. The four-passenger subcompact runs on a 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes standard with heated front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 5-inch touch screen.

The Beetle earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and top scores in nearly every crash test by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. It received the agency’s second-to-worst score of “Marginal” in its small overlap front test, which measures a collision’s impact on the vehicle’s front corner. A rearview camera is standard.

Current incentives: Check your local Volkswagen dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Honda HR-V

2017 Honda HR-V. —Honda

Starting MSRP: $19,465

Why it’s worth the price: Small but mighty, the five-passenger Honda HR-V compact crossover offers dynamic performance and cavernous cargo space. Equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the HR-V delivers 141 horsepower while getting 25 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. Even adults will enjoy sitting in the SUV’s spacious, reclining backseat.

The HR-V received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned top scores in most crash tests by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, except for the ones measuring the impact of a collision on the SUV’s side and front corner. A rearview camera is standard, and advanced safety features are available.

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Current incentives: Check your local Honda dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Jeep Renegade

2017 Jeep Renegade. —Jeep

Starting MSRP: $17,995

Why it’s worth the price: Jeep’s entry-level model excels in dynamic performance and off-road handling. The Renegade is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission are available. Upper trims come with amenities such as heated front seats and a 5-inch touch screen.

The Renegade received four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning are available on upper trims.

Current incentives: Check your local Jeep dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Fiat 500X

2017 Fiat 500X. —Fiat

Starting MSRP: $20,000

Why it’s worth the price: Fiat’s subcompact SUV provides ample power for city driving with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder is also available. The five-passenger SUV doesn’t come with many standard features, but a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, navigation, voice command, and a touch screen infotainment system are optional.

The Fiat 500X earned top scores in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors are available.

Current incentives: Check your local Fiat dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Mazda CX-3. —Mazda

Starting MSRP: $19,960

Why it’s worth the price: The Mazda CX-3 is a capable subcompact SUV with reliable handling and an attractive cabin. Mazda’s smallest SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Bluetooth, voice activation command, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen are standard. The top-tier Grand Touring trim gets leather seats.

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The CX-3 earned top scores in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is standard, and advanced safety features including adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring are available.

Current incentives: Check your local Mazda dealership for offers and incentives.

2013 GMC Acadia

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $18,835

Why it’s worth the price: With seating for eight and enough cargo space to support epic shopping trips, a used GMC Acadia is a practical choice for families. The SUV gets a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and can tow up to 5,200 pounds. The 2013 model comes with satellite radio, a color touch screen, and sliding second-row seats to improve access to the back.

The 2013 Acadia earned top scores in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes standard with a rearview camera and rear park assist.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2013 GMC Acadia in good or better condition can range from $17,147 to $20,522 and has a typical mileage of about 57,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.