Great American Cars of 2015 — Under $25,000

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Chevrolet Cruze
Starting Price: $16,170
Ignition issues notwithstanding, after a spate of not-so-great small sedans Chevrolet scored a win when it introduced the Cruze for the 2011 model year. Cruze has a comfortable, attractive interior, proving that an inexpensive small car doesn’t have to feel cheap. Exterior styling has been updated for 2015 with a number of feature upgrades. The standard engine is a 1.8-liter 138-horsepower four cylinder, but the Cruze really stands out from the crowd with the availability of a clean diesel. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel puts out up to 280 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration, and is rated at an impressive 46 mpg on the highway.

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