While CarAdvice specialises in reviews and comparisons of cars in all price brackets, it's often important to consider the perfect first car for somebody new to driving. CarAdvice reader Emily e-mailed us wanting to know what car she should buy as a first car. Q: What is the ideal car for someone just getting onto the road? I'm looking for an automatic car under $20,000 that is small to midsize. A: Thanks for getting in touch, Emily. You really are spoiled for choice in this price bracket. A number of manufacturers have vehicles that have either just been released, or have been released recently that are worth checking out.
The new Mazda 2 is a standout, as is the Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Honda Jazz. There are also a number of models that have been on the market for longer that would be available for competitive prices and with extended warranties.
The Kia Rio is a perfect example of a car that you can haggle the dealer for and it also comes with a seven year warranty for peace of mind.
The vehicles in this segment generally hold their value well and come with a raft of great features to keep you safe and make parking and manoeuvring around the city a breeze.