It’s time for Kelley Blue Book’s annual list of its top budget-friendly sedans. And by budget-friendly we mean $25,000 or less. As you’d expect, for $25,000, you’re talking a midsize sedan. For $20,000, you’re talking more in the compact range.
2016 Kia Optima
Kelley Blue Book: Totally redesigned for 2016, the Optima retains the same sense of style that put it on the map but adds features and refinement that move it to the top of this year’s list of best sedans under $25,000.
2016 Honda Accord
Kelley Blue Book: Already a perennial standout and a regular entry on several of our annual 10 Best lists, the Accord has been further enhanced for 2016 with updated looks, new technology and more.
2016 Hyundai Sonata
Kelley Blue Book: Hyundai’s midsize sedan continues to enhance its attractive mix of features, value and style with increasing levels of refinement and ever-improving resale values. And the class-leading 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties provide added peace of mind.
2016 Honda Civic
Kelley Blue Book: Totally redesigned for 2016, the new Honda Civic compact sedan took home our most prestigious award of the year, the Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy Award. From the outside to the inside to the driving dynamics to the mix of turbo power and 42-mpg highway fuel economy, the new Civic is one of the most thoroughly impressive new vehicles its seen in years.
2016 Toyota Camry
Kelley Blue Book: Famous reliability, outstanding resale value and comfortable, easy operation continue to make Toyota’s midsize sedan the best-selling car in the country.
2016 Subaru Legacy
Kelley Blue Book: One of just three midsize sedans to offer the added traction of all-wheel drive and the only one to include it as standard equipment, the Legacy also enjoys an attractive reputation for reliability and longevity.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Kelley Blue Book: Totally redesigned for 2016, the roomier and more stylish new Malibu is now a viable option for more midsize sedan shoppers.
2016 Nissan Altima
Kelley Blue Book: The Nissan Altima has never been more competitive with key rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and a thorough update for 2016 only strengthens its position.
2016 Mazda Mazda3
Kelley Blue Book: The Mazda3 compact car has also appeared on the list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 12 years in a row. Nowadays, it’s as efficient and tech-savvy as it is stylish and fun to drive.
2016 Ford Fusion
Kelley Blue Book: Even in its last model year before a significant freshening, the Ford Fusion maintains a spot on this annual list on the strength of its bold style and impressive powertrains.