You don’t have to spend $ 40,000 to bring home a nice looking vehicle, even with the average price of a new car above the current number. That’s why we thought it was important to showcase the best cars under $ 40,000.
We have already highlighted the cars. With this ceiling price, the additional paste opens up several makes and models to buyers, including entry-level luxury cars, , and even long-range electric cars. Here are the favorites of our editors.
(Note: While all of the vehicles listed here have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of less than $ 40,000, some do offer fully loaded trim levels that can exceed this ceiling price.)
2021 Kia Telluride
I’m leaving with a somewhat unusual pick for this roundup, as I recently spent quite a bit of time in the Kia Telluride and was really, really impressed. It is remarkably good. I think he looks remarkably good too, although he’s definitely divided opinions.
The ride is pretty comfortable, but it’s really refined, cradling my passengers a few times. Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V6 delivers more than enough power and the eight-speed transmission is responsive and unobtrusive, which is really all you could ask for in an automatic in a platform like this. -this.
You can ride in a front-wheel drive Kia Telluride for $ 33,060 including destination, which is affordable considering all it has to offer. Working within our cap of $ 40,000, I would upgrade to the feature-packed EX version, which starts at $ 38,460 and includes Kia’s full highway assist system. Another $ 2,000 gets you all-wheel drive, and then you’re just over the $ 40,000 mark for a big, comfortable SUV that’s as sophisticated to drive as it is to look.
– Tim Stevens
Toyota Avalon 2021
I tend to like small sporty cars. The 2020 Toyota Avalon is neither of those things, so why do I recommend it? Because it’s a fabulously well-made large sedan that’s an epic long-distance cruiser. Its looks might not be for everyone, but there’s no denying its buttery-smooth powertrain and top-class cabin that are some of its many highlights.
A 3.5-liter gasoline V6 comes standard with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, delivering plenty of power. An optional hybrid model with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric increase is available for about $ 1,000 more, but unless gasoline prices increase enough to keep its fuel mileage in the midst of ’40s acts as an ointment for its power deficit (176 horsepower, 163 lb-ft), I would recommend sticking with the standard engine.
Pricing starts at $ 36,830 (destination included) for a well-equipped base XLE, with top-of-the-line Limited models just over $ 42,000 before options. At this end of the spectrum, you’re looking at an Avalon luxurious enough to make you forget about that car’s more expensive Lexus ES twin. Oh, and if that’s not enough to keep you in the Toyota showroom, know this: The Avalon has an infinitely less boring infotainment interface, and you can fold down the rear seats as well.
2021 Volvo XC40
Subcompact luxury crossovers are often hit and miss deals. Some skimp on luxury and style, while others are duds behind the wheel. Neither is true for the Volvo XC40. If I bought a high-end small SUV, this is absolutely the one I would buy.
The XC40 starts at $ 34,695 including destination, and I actually like the lowest best Momentum trim (the same spec as). Go for the more powerful all-wheel-drive T5 engine, pick a few option packages, and you’ve got a very well-equipped crossover for around $ 40,000. LED headlights, leather seats, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a ton of active safety gear all come standard.
The XC40 impresses with its easy-going driving dynamics, spacious interior and high-quality materials. That’s everything I love about bigger, more expensive Volvo vehicles, all in a quart-sized package.
– Steven Ewing
Hyundai Kona Electric 2021
The $ 40,000 allocation opens up a new generation of entry-level electric vehicles to buyers, and one of our favorites is Hyundai’s Kona Electric. The subcompact SUV combines generous safety and cabin technology with reasonable space, all wrapped up in a city-friendly footprint and budget friendly. If you want to keep it under $ 40,000, you’ll have to go with the SEL trim.
The Kona’s electric motor sends 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque to its front wheels. It’s faster than the turbocharged gasoline Kona, but the heavier EV is a bit slower overall. With no gear changes or revs to build, however, the nearly silent electric SUV should feel more responsive off the line and around town.
Of course, the most important figure is the Kona Electric’s estimated 258-mile EPA range – which should assuage most range-related anxiety issues. With a DC fast charger, the VE can boost its battery to 80% in about an hour. The more common Level 2 home and public stations of 240 volts can recharge the battery with a 9.5 hour charge.
– Antuan Goodwin
The 2020 Acura RDX is a treat for price-conscious luxury buyers
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Acura RDX 2021
The third-generation Acura RDX landed last year, offering a number of improvements over its already solid predecessor. More attractive styling, a new turbocharged engine and Acura’s excellent SH-AWD system combine to make the RDX truly interesting. Things are nicer inside, too, with a great control layout, some of the most comfortable seats in the company, and a healthy roster of tech offerings. With a base price of $ 38,825, including $ 1,025 for the destination, that’s not bad value for an entry-level sporty crossover.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the RDX, producing a respectable 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The latter is available from just 1,600 rpm up to 4,500 rpm for energetic acceleration from stops and out of corners, and works with a well-tuned 10-speed automatic transmission. Spring for the optional adaptive shocks and you’ll have a little crossover that can be fun to throw, or comfortable for normal riding at the push of a button.
Acura’s True Touchpad interface with a central 10.2-inch screen is in charge of infotainment, and its use is intuitive after a short period of learning. It comes with navigation, a 16-speaker ELS audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. For added safety, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a multi-angle rear view camera are standard.
– Jon Wong
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2021
The A-Class is an excellent entry point into the Mercedes-Benz brand. This little sedan hits well above its weight with premium materials, a choppy turbo engine and lots of tech.
Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system is available on an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen and brings natural speech recognition to the table. Also, I love the augmented reality overlay available on the navigation. It displays navigation instructions directly above the front camera’s real-time video display, ensuring you never miss a turn.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough in the A220 sedan. A Sport mode can increase the response of the transmission and throttle, while the Comfort mode is ideal for everyday driving. Power comes down to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, although all-wheel drive is available for those who live in colder climates.
All in all, the A-Class is a truly top-of-the-range car, far more so than the last generation CLA250 ever was.
– Emme Hall
2021 Toyota RAV4
Toyota’s RAV4 has been one of the best-selling small SUVs in the world for a reason. It’s simple, sturdy, well built, and priced right. And it looks good too.
The drivetrain options on the 2020 RAV4 might not be the most exciting in the world, but they are efficient and shouldn’t be a big deal for you in the future. The optional hybrid power in a compact SUV is also a great selling point.
The RAV4, especially in the Adventure version, is a beautiful SUV that starts to look a bit like its more off-road capable siblings without forcing the compromises of these vehicles on its owner. It’s a great crossover, and it’s more attractive than ever.
– Kyle Hyatt
Read our most recent Toyota RAV4 review
Audi Q3 2021
The 2021 Audi Q3 is on sale, with some major upgrades, and I think that will give this little German an edge over his competition, many of which are very convincing.
Having sampled the Q3 last year, I can attest to its prowess in the material handling department. Equipped with the same 228-horsepower turbo I4 as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it should also provide enough power to support on-road handling that invites you to have a little fun behind the wheel.
The Q3’s starting price of $ 35,695, including the destination, gives you solid standard equipment, including a 10.25-inch gauge cluster display, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone, dual-row automatic climate control. USB ports and automatic emergency braking.
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