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Best Hatchback Cars Under $25,000

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Available in two- or four-door configurations, the hatchback is an economical and convenient choice. The rear door, sometimes classified by automobile manufacturers as a third or fifth door, also houses the rear window. It lifts up to allow entry to the trunk, which is also accessible from the cabin of the vehicle.

While the lines are now blurred with the arrival of the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) as well as sportier wagons, a hatchback features a slanted roofline that dips toward the ground past the doors. Station wagons have more headroom for passengers and generally offer more cargo space. CUVs are a combination of a hatchback and SUV. They typically have a higher ground clearance and higher center of gravity than a hatchback.

How we chose the best hatchbacks

While hatchbacks are sporty, the cars featured here are not high-performance vehicles, sometimes called “hot” hatchbacks. Hatchbacks are generally economical vehicles that get good gas mileage. While each vehicle here has an MSRP of less than $25,000 in the base trim, the price could go much higher as you add features and accessories. Higher trim levels will be more expensive than the price listed here, as well. We also took into consideration ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, consumers on Edmunds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when available. MSRP’s are accurate as of the date of publishing.

9 top hatchbacks under $25,000

2019 Chevrolet Spark LS

MSRP $13,220
3.8 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.9 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (7 reviews)
29 city/38 highway MPG

Chevrolet gave Spark a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as USB ports and an upgraded front-end style with the 2019 model. You’ll get a nice package of features in an ultra-affordable brand-new hatchback, but keep in mind manual drive is standard. This efficient vehicle parks easily due to its small footprint and good visibility. Rear seats are best suited for smaller passengers due to the limited leg room and cargo space. For more cargo room, the seats fold down. It’s worth noting that the 3.8 rating from Kelley Blue Book experts is relatively low compared to other hatchbacks on this list.

2019 Nissan Versa Note

MSRP $15,650
4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds
31 city/39 highway MPG

A 7-inch touch screen offers younger buyers the tech they want, at an affordable price. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine offers 109 horsepower is enough to zip around town but not so much that you’ll compromise efficiency. The 2019 Note stands out in one unique area. This four-door hatchback has side doors that open to a nearly 90 degree angle, which makes entering and exiting the vehicle from any available seat much easier than rival hatchbacks according to experts. Adults can sit comfortably in the back, with plenty of interior space, making this one of the best and least-expensive choices for colleagues participating in a ride-share to and from work or for hauling middle school kids and their gear.

2019 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback

MSRP $15,790
4.2 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds
27 city/35 highway MPG
4 stars NHTSA

Ford dropped the base S trim for its 2019 hatchback, so the lowest trim now offers standard cruise control, painted alloy wheels, power windows, MyKey parental controls, and premium cloth seats. Also available as a sedan and as a performance vehicle known as the ST, the standard 2019 Fiesta is now a better-equipped hatchback. Edmunds notes its ultra-quiet ride even at 70 mph, functional and intuitive interior design, and standard Sync system with turn-by-turn driving directions and voice recognition. Drivers also enjoy the 6.5-inch touch screen’s sharp graphics. Though the car earned 4 stars from NHTSA, the agency notes a safety concern during side crash tests. There’s plenty of room in the cargo area, although adults may find the back seat a bit cramped. While the base SE trim is one of the least expensive four-door hatchbacks available, upgrading to the ST-Line trim for a price increase of $1,835 means you’ll get a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with sport-tuned suspension, quicker steering and upgraded brakes. The ST-Line shouldn’t be confused with the top-of-the-line ST ($21,340).

2019 Kia Rio 5-door

MSRP $16,490
4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds
28 city/37 highway MPG

With upscale interior design, intuitively located controls, and comfortable front seats, the 2019 Kia Rio 5-door in the base hatchback S trim is an economical choice that won’t let you down during your commute. Critics say its 1.6-liter engine can keep up at highway speeds without seeming strained. However, it should be noted that back seat and trunk areas are a bit smaller than many competitors. Also available as a sedan, this hatchback offers standard remote keyless entry and an automatic trunk opener. You’ll get a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus 60/40-split folding back seats that offer the ability to haul large items.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic LT Hatch

MSRP $18,020
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.0 out of 5 consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
28 city/37 highway MPG
5 stars NHTSA

Chevrolet discontinued the 1.8-liter engine in 2018 and early Sonic models. Now, with the base model, you’ll get a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo engine. Like the Spark, manual drive is standard but so are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Sonic also has standard 15-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and rearview camera. Forward-collision alert, rear park assist and lane-departure warning are safety features available in higher trim levels. The Sonic is offered as a lower-priced sedan as well. Both are a bit roomier than the Spark.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

MSRP $19,990
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (4 reviews)
28 city/37 highway MPG
IIHS’s 2019 Top Safety Pick

You’ll get a bit more power out of this 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine than other hatchbacks on this list. The hatchback is new to the Corolla lineup for 2019 (you can still get the Corolla sedan, including a 2020 hybrid). For a more hands-on driving experience, you’ll get a 6-speed manual transmission with the base model. Even at the lowest trim, you’ll get a functional and attractive 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay. Sorry Android users, Android Auto isn’t available on the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. Six-way manually-adjustable seats and a rear seat with a 60/40 split make the interior of this vehicle versatile and practical.

2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door

MSRP $19,095
4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (10 reviews)
24 city/31 highway MPG
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick +

The 5-door hatchback base model trim offers a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission though automatic drive adds $1,000 to the base price. No matter which trim you choose, all-wheel drive is standard. Power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, rear wiper, and steering-wheel-mounted cruise control make this a well-equipped competitor in the hatchback category. You’ll get both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the base model. There’s ample legroom in the backseat for adults but headroom may be limited for those over six feet tall. Subarus are well-known for their superior safety ratings and their newest hatchback is no exception.

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback

MSRP $21,450
4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (16 reviews)
31 city/40 highway MPG
5 stars NHTSA

While there aren’t crash test results available yet from IIHS, the 2018 model received mostly good ratings while NHTSA gives this year’s model 5 stars. The 2019 Civic Hatchback gets high marks for handling and ride comfort as well as its relatively roomy cabin with extra cargo space. With the base trim, you’ll get an in-line 4-cylinder turbo engine with a CVT transmission. A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines plus a full suite of safety features including lane keeping assist and road departure mitigation.

2019 Toyota Prius c

MSRP $21,530
4.1 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds
48 city/43 highway MPG
4 stars NHTSA

The smallest and least expensive model in the Prius hybrid lineup, the Prius c has some nice on-board technology. Drivers get Siri Eyes Free, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition, and a USB media port. The safety and convenience package on the 2019 Prius c is comprehensive for a base trim. Lane departure alert, pedestrian detection and automatic high beams round out a long list of advanced technological features to help avoid and mitigate crashes. Upgrading to the LE adds intelligent parking assistance and blind spot monitoring. With room to seat five (four comfortably) and average cargo space, the Prius c offers a lot of value at this price point.

Ways to finance the best hatchbacks

When it’s time to get financing for your new hatchback, you have a few choices. You can let the car dealership handle your application and match you up with their financing partners, but you’ll be at the mercy of their finance office, where terms and interest rates are concerned. On the other hand, a pre-approved auto loan from your bank, credit union or online bank gives you greater leverage for a potentially better deal. You could go to several local banks and credit unions to shop around for the best interest rates, but filling out multiple applications is time-consuming and tedious.

At LendingTree, it takes just a few minutes to fill out the online form and you’ll receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders. You’ll spend a lot less time in the dealership with your pre-approval letter in hand.

It’s important to get the lowest possible interest rate on your car loan. Higher interest rates mean larger monthly payments. You’ll also pay more money for the car over the life of the loan. Here’s how your interest rate would affect your total monthly payment on a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback if the length of your loan is 60 months and you finance $19,900. In this scenario, you’ll pay taxes, registration, and any other fees in cash at the dealership. For example, these are average interest rates by credit score.

FICO Credit Score Average Interest Rate Monthly Payment Total price of vehicle
720-850 3.6% $362.91 $21,774
690-719 4.95% $375.08 $22,505
660-689 7.02% $394.23 $23,654
620-659 9.72% $420.08 $25,205
590-619 14.06% $463.66 $27,819


LendingTree’s auto loan payment calculator will help you understand how a higher or lower interest rate will affect your monthly payments.


The hatchbacks listed here have a base MSRP of less than $25,000, at time of publication. They also received at least 3 stars from Edmunds consumers and Kelley Blue Book experts according to the ratings available at the time of publication and 4 stars from NHTSA, when available. We noted when vehicles were chosen as IIHS Top Safety Picks.


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