New cars under $20,000
Base price: $11,750
27 mpg city/36 mpg highway (manual)
Last year, the Nissan Versa was one of only two new cars on sale for under $10,000. But since buyers couldnt live without air conditioning and a basic radio, those items are now standard. In return, the Versa's price has increased to a mere $12,000 and we get a brand-new design that looks and drives much, much better. There are no frills, but the basics (big trunk, great legroom, good on gas) are there. A new hatch debuts next year.