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Consumer Reports Most Reliable and Affordable New Cars

The demand for sedans and sports cars might not be as great as what it used to be, but that has just made car manufacturers work even harder to make their cars appealing. There are a lot of new cars to pick from, and whether you are looking for a practical daily sedan or a sporty weekend driver you want to know you’re getting a good deal and not have to worry about major repairs or catastrophic failures within the first few years of ownership. According to Consumer Reports, these are the best options for getting a reliable and affordable 2020 model year, and there are even some fun sports cars thrown in the mix.

Four-door cars that are reliable and affordable

The Kia Soul made the top of the list by Consumer Reports as well as taking the #1 spot for compact cars tested this year as well. The 2020 Soul sees all of the updates we were hoping for, including an updated style and better driving experience. It maintains it’s low price, with an entry-level Soul boasting a sticker price of $17,490.

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback
2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback | Toyota

The Toyota Prius and the Toyota Prius Prime both made the list, and they are inexpensive options if you’re looking to get into a well-known plug-in hybrid. It gets an impressive 52mpg on the standard Prius and as much as 69mpg on the Prime, making them not only affordable to buy but just as affordable to keep running. The idea of paying maintenance on a Prius might seem daunting to some new hybrid owners, but as reliable as this Toyota is, there isn’t any major difference between maintenance costs with a standard car.

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The 2020 Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla are direct competitors for each other, but you’ll also find both of these on this list — so it probably won’t help you narrow down which option to pick.

Even some sports cars made the list

There are some pretty popular options for a sports car that make the list, and that starts with the Mazda MX-5. The MX-5 is a fan favorite and many automotive enthusiasts pick these cars because they offer a great handling experience. As a Mazda they are notoriously reliable, and not only are inexpensive to repair they are also inexpensive to customize and build.

Mazda celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Miata with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Mazda MX-5 Miata | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 made this list together which isn’t surprising considering they are just about the same car. What is surprising is that the third triplet in the lineup, the Scion FRS, did not make the list, but that could have been omitted to avoid redundancy. Regardless, these sporty options handle well, have a responsive acceleration and handling experience, won’t break down every week like my BMW 328i coupe, and they won’t break your bank.

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Buying a brand new car doesn’t have to mean you go over your budget, and there are a lot of options out there that are reliable enough to ensure you won’t have a lot of repair costs or time at the dealership later on.