2016 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a vast improvement over the previous generation.

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MSRP: $16,620

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With solid handling, a complement of in-car tech and some decent looks to boot, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a solid contender in the thick segment of affordable cars.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sports a complete makeover, giving it an appearance that dances between anonymous and handsome.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

Need to put some junk in the trunk? The new Honda Civic Hatchback will help.

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MSRP: $19,700

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The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback packs everything we love about the new Civic -- which is, well, just about everything -- but with some extra storage capacity.

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The new Civic Hatchback also happens to be one of the most handsome affordable cars you can get your hands on.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf

They're not all diesels, folks, and it would be a shame to throw out the baby with the bathwater, because the gas-powered 2016 Volkswagen Golf is still a very good car.

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MSRP: $18,495

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The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is sensible and straightforward, and it provides solid driving dynamics without breaking the bank, as German cars are typically wont to do.

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2016 Mazda Mazda6

It's a little bigger than the other ones on this list, but the Mazda6 is still one of the best affordable cars you can buy -- if you care about the driving experience.

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MSRP: $21,495

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The 2016 Mazda6 drives well, it looks good and it's not going to tear your wallet asunder. What's not to like?

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The Mazda6 is the most highly rated affordable car that we reviewed in 2016, and for good reason.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

Do you want a car that might be more technologically capable than you are? The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the one for you, then.

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MSRP: $17,150

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Hyundai's great at providing an obscene amount of value for the equipment received, and the 2017 Elantra keeps that alive with a whole host of cabin tech at a pretty sensible price.

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