As of 2014, the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Mustang and FIAT 500L are some of the best new cars under $30,000. The best used cars under $30,000 include the 2011 Infiniti G and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. Performance, safety, reliability and price are a few of the contributing factors to these cars’ high ratings.
As of 2014, the Volkswagen GTI ranks number one out of 13 upscale small cars rated by U.S. News. It received the highest ranking due to good gas mileage, smooth shifting between gears and precise steering around curves. During the same time frame and in the same category, the FIAT 500L was ranked number six. Its technology is user-friendly, and its windows wrap around the entire cabin for excellent visibility. The FIAT’s European body design is small, but it provides ample trunk space. Car and Driver rated the Ford Mustang the number one car under $30,000 in 2014. Although its turbocharged engine is noisy when it's revved, the Mustang handles well. Car buyers looking for exceptional value in cars priced less than $30,000 may purchase a used luxury vehicle. The 2011 Infiniti G is available as a convertible, coupe or sedan, so it’s great as a family car or sports car. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a crossover SUV that has a number of safety features, including rain-sensing wipers, navigation and a rearview camera. Both luxury vehicles are ranked on The Street’s 2014 "10 Best Used Luxury Cars Under $30,000" list.