Names Top 10 New Cars for 2012 Under $20,000, Over 30 MPG

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Budget-friendly new cars rich in comfort, features, and safety technology dominate this year’s “Top 10 Best Under $20,000/Over 30 MPG” list.

2012 New Cars Under $20,000, Over 30 MPG
New car buyers on a budget don’t have to sacrifice style, features, or great mpg when spending under $20,000.

The expert editors at, a trusted source for new car buying, research, and reviews, tested the new cars for the 2012 model year with a base price under $20,000 and an EPA-rated (or estimated) combined city/highway mileage rating of a fuel-efficient 30 MPG or more.

According to, most sources—when touting mileage numbers—use the best highway mileage number, but drivers don’t always and only drive on the highway, which is why says it first narrowed the list of under $20,000 fuel-efficient new cars down to those that earn a combined city/highway 30 mpg. “Real life means a combination of driving on the highway, around town, and sitting in traffic. Real life in this economy also means keeping spending to a minimum, but still getting the most for the money,” said Deborah Neal, editorial director of considered all 20 new cars on sale today that meet the under $20,000/over 30-mpg formula, and determined the 10 best from there based upon their total packages of exterior size, interior room, standard convenience and safety features, and overall driving experience. Topping the list of winners is the 2012 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology and the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze ECO. Read about all Top 10 Best New Cars for 2012: Under $20,000, Over 30 MPG.

“Consumers who either can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new car have a great selection to choose from in 2012,” said Marshall J. Flemion, president of “New car buyers on a budget don’t have to sacrifice style, features, or great mpg when spending under $20,000.”

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