The best cars under $40,000

The Volvo XC40 is a strong SUV within the sub-$40Ok vary.


Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow

There are nice vehicles, vehicles and SUVs for practically each price range in the present day. Nevertheless, new automotive transaction costs within the US proceed to creep upward towards $40,000. If consumers have a bit more money to spend than common, then they’ve a ton extra selections, too.

We have already highlighted vehicles below the $30Ok mark. Now, we’re upping the worth cap to $40,000, offering an inventory of the perfect vehicles below the worth level. The additional dough opens consumers as much as a number of makes and fashions, together with entry-level luxurious vehicles, midsize SUVs, and even long-range electrical vehicles. Listed below are our editors’ favorites.

(Word: Whereas all the automobiles listed right here have base MSRPs below $40,000, a few of them supply totally loaded trim ranges that may exceed this worth cap.) 

2020 Kia Telluride

I am going with a considerably uncommon alternative for this roundup, as a result of I’ve just lately spent a good bit of time in Kia’s Telluride and I have been actually, actually impressed. It is remarkably good. I believe it appears to be like remarkably good, too, although it has undoubtedly break up opinion.

The journey is on the leisurely facet of snug, however it actually is refined, lulling my passengers to sleep on a number of events. In the meantime, the three.Eight-liter V6 offers better-than-adequate energy and the eight-speed transmission is responsive and unobtrusive, which is absolutely all you’ll be able to ask for in an computerized in a rig like this.

You will get in a front-wheel-drive Kia Telluride for $33,060 together with vacation spot, which is inexpensive given all it presents. Working inside our $40,000 cap, I might step as much as the feature-packed EX trim, which begins at $38,460 and consists of Kia’s complete Freeway Driving Help system. One other $2,000 will get you AWD, then you definately’re simply barely over the $40,000 mark for an enormous, snug SUV that is as subtle to drive as it’s to have a look at.

— Tim Stevens

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2020 Toyota Avalon

I have a tendency to love small, sporty vehicles. The 2020 Toyota Avalon is neither of these issues, so why am I recommending it? As a result of it is a fabulously well-done giant sedan that is an epic long-distance cruiser. Its appears to be like will not be for everybody, however there isn’t any denying its buttery-smooth powertrain and class-above cabin which are amongst its many sturdy factors.

A Three.5-liter gasoline V6 comes normal with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, providing loads of energy. An elective hybrid mannequin with an electrically augmented 2.5-liter four-cylinder is out there for about $1,000 extra, however until gasoline costs spike sufficient to make its mid-40s gasoline effectivity act as a salve for its energy deficit (176 horsepower, 163 pound-feet), I might advocate sticking with the usual engine.

Pricing begins at $36,830 (together with vacation spot) for a well-equipped base XLE, with top-shelf Restricted fashions ringing up at simply over $42Ok earlier than choices. At that finish of the spectrum, you are taking a look at an Avalon sufficiently luxurious sufficient to make you neglect all about this automotive’s costlier Lexus ES twin. Oh, and if that is not sufficient to maintain you within the Toyota showroom, know this: The Avalon has an infinitely much less annoying infotainment interface, plus you’ll be able to fold the rear seats down.

— Chris Paukert

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2020 Volvo XC40

Subcompact luxurious crossovers are oftentimes hit-or-miss affairs. Some skimp on luxurious and magnificence, whereas others are duds behind the wheel. Neither is true about Volvo’s XC40. If I had been looking for a small, premium SUV, it is completely the one I might purchase.

The XC40 begins at $34,695 together with vacation spot, and I truly like its lowest Momentum trim the perfect (the identical spec as Roadshow’s long-term XC40 check automotive). Go for the extra highly effective T5 engine with all-wheel drive, select a number of possibility packages, and you have a very properly outfitted crossover for proper about $40,000. LED headlights, leather-based seats, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a ton of energetic security gear all come normal.

The XC40 impresses with its easygoing, snug driving dynamics, spacious inside and high-quality supplies. It is every little thing I really like about Volvo’s bigger, costlier automobiles, all in a pint-sized bundle.

— Steven Ewing

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2020 Hyundai Kona Electrical

Earmarking $40Ok opens consumers to a brand new technology of entry-level EVs, and one in all our favorites is Hyundai’s Kona Electrical. The subcompact SUV combines beneficiant security and cabin tech with affordable spaciousness, all wrapped right into a city-friendly footprint and wallet-friendly price range. It begins at $38,310 together with vacation spot, however with accessible electrical car incentives, even the feature-rich Restricted trim can squeeze in below $40,000.

The Kona’s electrical motor sends 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque to its entrance wheels. That is extra get-up-and-go than the turbocharged gasoline Kona, however the heavier EV is a bit slower general. With out gear adjustments or revs to construct, nevertheless, the practically silent electrical SUV ought to really feel extra responsive off the road and round city.

In fact, a very powerful quantity is the Kona Electrical’s 258-mile EPA-estimated vary — that ought to quell most vary anxiousness considerations. At a DC Quick Charger, the EV can increase its battery to an 80% cost in about an hour. Extra widespread, 240-volt, Stage 2 house and public stations can juice the battery with a 9.5-hour cost.

— Antuan Goodwin

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2020 Acura RDX

The third-generation Acura RDX landed final yr, providing numerous enhancements over its already strong predecessor. Extra interesting styling, a brand new turbocharged engine and Acura’s wonderful SH-AWD system work collectively to make the RDX actually attention-grabbing. Issues are nicer inside, too, with a fantastic structure of controls, a few of the most snug seats within the enterprise and a wholesome listing of tech choices. With a base worth of $38,825, together with $1,Zero25 for vacation spot, it isn’t a foul worth for a sporty, entry-luxury crossover.

A 2.Zero-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powers the RDX, producing a decent 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The latter is out there from simply 1,600 rpm on as much as four,500 rpm for peppy acceleration from stops and out of corners, and works with a well-calibrated 10-speed computerized. Spring for the elective adaptive dampers and you will have a small crossover that may be entertaining to toss round, or snug for regular driving on the push of a button.

Acura’s True Touchpad Interface with a 10.2-inch heart display screen is accountable for infotainment, and it is intuitive to make use of after a brief get-to-know interval. It is provided with navigation, a 16-speaker ELS audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. For security, ahead collision warning with computerized emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane maintain help and a multiangle rearview digicam come normal.

— Jon Wong

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class is a superb entry level into the Mercedes-Benz model. This little sedan punches manner above its weight with premium supplies, a peppy turbocharged engine and loads of expertise.

Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system comes on an elective 10.25-inch touchscreen, and brings pure voice recognition to the desk. Plus, I really like the augmented actuality overlay that is accessible on the navigation. It shows navigation instructions immediately on prime of the real-time video show from the entrance digicam, guaranteeing you may by no means miss a flip.

The four-cylinder turbocharged engine places out 188 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, which is greater than enough within the A220 sedan. A Sport mode can dial up the transmission and throttle response, whereas Consolation is nice for each day driving. Energy goes right down to the entrance wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, though all-wheel drive is out there for these in colder climates.

Total, the A-Class is a really premium automotive — much more so than the last-generation CLA250 ever was.

— Emme Corridor

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2020 Genesis G70

The compact sport sedan phase has lengthy been my jam, and probably the most compelling entry in that subject is the 2020 Genesis G70 — it even received Roadshow’s Shift Award for Automobile of the Yr. Any manner you slice it, the smallest Genesis (up to now) is a strong consideration with a beginning worth of $38,475 (together with $1,Zero25 for vacation spot).

The compact, rear-wheel-drive Genesis comes normal with a 2.Zero-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, linked to an eight-speed computerized or an elective six-speed guide transmission. All-wheel drive is elective. A Three.Three-liter, twin-turbo V6 is out there, however locations the G70’s worth north of $40,000. Moreover, most Roadshow staffers choose the two.0T anyway.

You continue to get heaps of tech and driver-assistance options with the bottom automotive, together with an Eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management, lane-keep help, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and computerized high-beams. If you need that degree of superior driver help from BMW, Mercedes or Audi, you may need to pay nearer to $50,000.

— Manuel Carrillo III

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2020 Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s RAV4 has been one of many world’s best-selling small SUVs for a motive. It is easy, stout, well-built and priced appropriately. And it appears to be like good, too.

The drivetrain choices on the 2020 RAV4 will not be probably the most thrilling on the planet, however they’re environment friendly and should not offer you many issues going ahead. Optionally available hybrid energy in a compact SUV is a superb promoting level, too.

The RAV4, notably in Journey trim, is a good-looking SUV that begins to look a little bit like its extra off-road succesful siblings with out forcing these automobiles’ compromises on its proprietor. It is a fantastic crossover, and is extra interesting than ever earlier than.

— Kyle Hyatt

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2020 Audi Q3

The 2020 Audi Q3 is on sale, packing some main enhancements, and I imagine that’ll give this diminutive German the sting over its opponents, a lot of that are very compelling.

Having sampled the Q3 final yr, I can attest to its prowess within the dealing with division. Wielding the identical 228-hp turbo I4 because the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it also needs to present sufficient hustle to again up an on-road demeanor that begs you to have a little bit enjoyable behind the wheel.

The Q3’s beginning worth of $35,695 together with vacation spot nets you some strong normal gear, together with a 10.25-inch gauge cluster show, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone computerized local weather management, two rows of USB ports and computerized emergency braking.

— Andrew Krok

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First printed April 2019.