Most Versatile under $20K: Ford Focus
Oddly, the NADAguide experts also went the sedan route in choosing the Ford Focus SE, with an MSRP of $17,500; it’s one step up from the starter sedan, opening at $16,500. That larger price tag gets you a peppy 160-hp I4 engine that still supplies up to 36 mpg on the highway, as well as the Ford MyKey system that allows owners to set limits to vehicle speed, audio volume and other systems for teen drivers. A SYNC setup can be added, too, and the rear seats fold flat for added cargo space. For safety purposes, the Focus SE includes technologies like the Ford’s AdvanceTrac stability-control system and side-curtain airbags that cover both front and rear seating positions.