As summer winds down, school begins, summer vacations end, and the weather cools down, people often start thinking about purchasing necessities they’ve put off during the year. A new car often tops the list of end-of-the year purchases. With all the expenses of summer and the upcoming holiday season, many have a scaled back budget for their new car. The editors at Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping dealers and car buyers connect online, have put together a list of the ten best new cars under $30,000.
“It's a great time to be in the market for a brand new automobile, and with so many choices out there, at times it can feel overwhelming,” said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief, Autobytel.com. “The vehicles we have chosen offer more bang for the buck with features found in more expensive models.”
Following are Autobytel editors’ picks for the 10 best new cars under $30,000.
2013 Ford Mustang V6 – The Thrifty CoupeMotivated by a 3.7-liter, six-cylinder unit that also delivers 280 lb-ft of torque, the Ford Mustang V6 is no slouch in the acceleration department as it can leap to 60-mph in just under six seconds.2012 Subaru Impreza WRX – The All-Weather PerformerThe 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX makes the most of its rally-bred heritage in order to offer performance-seeking compact shoppers considerable thrills for the money. 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser – The Off-RoaderThe 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser might look a bit like an oversized Tonka truck, but its styling is actually an homage to the early FJ45 Land Cruisers that ruled the Serengeti with their off-road capabilities. 2012 Honda CR-V – The Reliable SUVRedesigned for the current model year, the 2012 Honda CR-V picks up where it left off in providing families with reliable and well-rounded transportation for up to five passengers. 2012 Ram 1500 – The Tough PickupThere's a lot of value to be had with the Ram 1500 for anyone shopping for a sub-$30k truck, as it's possible to pick up the Tradesman edition of the pickup within our list's price parameters. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – The Compact Fuel MiserThe 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is one of the most fuel efficient small cars for sale in the United States. 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan - The People MoverThe 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has long been a pioneering people mover from the domestic brand, and the most recent edition of the minivan is no exception. 2012 Nissan Cube - The IndividualSometimes you just want to stand out from the crowd, and the 2012 Nissan Cube certainly doesn't follow convention when it comes to either form or function. 2012 Volkswagen Golf – The Comfortable HatchbackThe 2012 Volkswagen Golf is priced to appeal to entry-level buyers, but the compact hatchback has gained a reputation as a vehicle that caters to those who are also seeking a refined interior and the availability of high end features. 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata – The Sports CarThe 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata is perhaps one of the purest sports car experiences available at an American dealership - as well as one of the most affordable. For more details on the best new cars under $30,000 and more Autobytel editors’ choices, visit www.Autobytel.com. Watch exclusive videos on Autobytel’s YouTube page or join the conversation on the Autobytel Facebook Fan Page. About Autobytel Inc.Autobytel Inc., an online leader offering consumer purchase requests and marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing consumers with the information they need to purchase new and used cars, pioneered the automotive Internet when it launched its flagship website in 1995. Autobytel continues to offer innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars. Autobytel has helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online. Through its flagship website, network of automotive sites and respected online affiliates, Autobytel continues its dedication to innovating the industry's highest quality Internet programs to provide consumers with a comprehensive and positive automotive research and purchasing experience, and auto dealers, dealer groups and auto manufacturers with some of the industry's most productive and cost-effective customer referral and marketing programs. Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and invitations to special events by accessing our online signup form at http://investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm