American Cars Under $25,000

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Chevrolet Sonic
Price: Starting at $14,345
More fun in a small package, the Sonic is further proof that you don’t have to buy a boring econobox to save money. The standard engine is a 1.8-liter EcoTec that delivers an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway, and the optional turbocharged 1.4-Liter EcoTec reaches 40 mpg highway. Sonic offers OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to stay connected. The integrated media system can have photos or video projected on the 7-inch display screen — but only when the car is stopped. The surprisingly roomy 5-passenger sedan or hatchback features a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for added versatility, and the hatchback gets a hidden storage compartment in the cargo area.

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