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It doesn’t matter if it’s new to you or brand new — you can get a lot for your money in this price range. These makes and models put the fun in fundamental driving. But don’t get too carried away with premium trim levels or you could quickly exceed your budget.
2019-2020 Subaru WRX
You can get a lot of Subarus for under $30,000 and all of them are great options for Utah’s climate and terrain. Spacious and safe, Subarus are very utilitarian. Want something with a little more pep? Subaru WRX is a legend in the sports car segment for a reason.
2019-2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE
The current generation of RAV4s are excellent compact SUVs. You can’t go wrong with any of the six trim levels, each offering a spacious interior and smooth ride. But the XLE trim achieves the best balance of budget and features.
2019-2021 Mazda Mazda3
The current generation of this compact car is underrated. Mazda3 has styling and interior appointments that rival those of models costing twice as much. This daily driver is a little more luxurious than the usual suspects, both the Mazda3 and Mazda3 Hatchback should be at the top of your list.
2019-2022 Hyundai Veloster N
A brand new vehicle for less than $35,000? Hyundai Veloster N is a great value. Offered in a unique three-door hatchback, it runs a snorty turbocharged engine and is a blast to drive.
2019-2022 Ford Ranger
A favorite in the midsize pickup category, Ford Ranger is agile and capable. Just the right size for trips to trails or completing weekend chores.
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