Buying a new car on a budget definitely requires compromise, but it’s not without its own rewards. There are still a lot of quality options, as long as you’re able to get your priorities straight.
When it comes to safety, we’ve already done that for you. To come up with our list of the safest cars that cost less than $20,000, we narrowed down the field to cars in that price bracket and then checked each car’s safety credentials as rated by the two foremost authorities on the subject: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Let’s take a closer look at the safest affordable cars on the market, from most to least expensive.