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Honda Fit could be a good option, but can I get an AWD or FWD at that price range ?

Priorities: Price or payments / Fuel economy / Audio & nav systems

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): New driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 18000

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Response from colin42

10:01 am July 17, 2016

The fit is a great choice, affordable, spacious.

For alternatives consider Ford C-max. With all the incentives there are lots advertised at less that $18,000

For AWD the only to real choices are Mitsubishi Outlander sport or Jeep Patriot. You may find a Chevy Track in that price range


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Ford C-MAX
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Response from pmegumi

5:26 pm July 17, 2016

$18000 for new hatchbacks is just shy of the prices of where hatches have some really interesting choices.

Scion iM has only trim level and comes with plenty of features so its fairly value packed and its possible there might be deals (in your range) to rid the last of the 2016 Scions off Toyota lots.

Hyundai Elantra GT. This is an outgoing model that will be replaced so there are big discounts being offered. Even without options its still packed with lots of stuff. This one with incentives is under $18000.

Mazda 3 sport Hatchback. With 2017s just around the corner it might be possible to pick up this car. Many are going for the mid to high 18K. There might be sales with the 2017s due in soon. Even the base Mazda 3 sport has plenty of features and it drives very nicely and gets very good MPG.


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Scion iM
Hyundai Elantra GT
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Response from NormT

1:18 pm July 20, 2017

A hatchback that gets goof fuel economy and AWD uh nder $18,000, look mo further than the 2017 Buick Encore. The FWD version are in the $16's with the $10,000 discount make it the best deal along with the most refined, luxury appointed, quiet, and smooth driving vehicle in the segment. Optional AWD doesn't hurt fuel economy as our 2013 AWD would see 39 mpg at 60 mph over a full tank of gas. The new Encore'sinclude back up camera, keyless entry and push button start along with Buick's Quiet Tuning which includes Active Noise Cancelation. There is no near-luxury, subcompact cuv that competes and it's refinement rivals so called economy cuv's like cr-v, rav4, CX-5, or Forester.


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Chevrolet Trax
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