One of the first steps to buying a new car is setting up your budget, and the next step is sticking to that budget. With all of the options out there, and a pushy salesperson trying to get you to stretch that budget a little more, staying true to that budget can be a little difficult.
Fortunately, with a budget of $30,000, there are tons of options to choose from, including sports cars, hot hatchbacks, muscle cars, family cars, SUVs, and even luxury cars. But sometimes the more options there are, the more difficult the decision-making process can be. To help you whittle the potential suitors down to the best of the best, we’ve created a list of our 10 favorite cars under $30k.
1. 2015 Ford Fiesta ST
Sure, the standard Ford Fiesta may be about as entertaining and linking together as many paperclips as possible in under a minute (my personal record is 100), but the Fiesta ST is far from standard. With a 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine crammed into a 2,720-pound hatchback, this tiny beast can hit 60 mph in just a tick over seven seconds. Add to that a base price of just $20,945, and you have one of the bargains of the decade.