American Cars Under $25,000

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Ford Focus
Price: Starting at $17,225
For years American drivers had to make do with a Focus that was mediocre at best, while at the same time reading and hearing about the sexy small offering in Europe. Now Focus is a world car — the same version that sells in Europe is also sold here, and it happens to be the best-selling car in the world. Available as a sedan or hatchback, Focus variants range from the basic S to the high-performance ST to the efficient Focus Electric. For 2016, the high-performance Focus RS joins the lineup — although it won’t be under $25K — with a high-performance all-wheel-drive system powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Focus offers new SYNC 3 with conversational voice-recognition and an available 8-inch LCD touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom functionality. Focus also features an impressive array of safety technology, including a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alert and a lane-keeping system.

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