Most popular new car under $20K in every state


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Many people are turning to used cars in lieu of new ones because of pandemic-related car parts shortages. However, a new car may be cheaper in the long run, especially if your used car needs a ton of DIY to get it running well again. 

Repair cost and bad gas mileage can make the savings associated with buying a used car deplete or even diminish entirely. And although a new car is often pricier upfront, you can still buy one on a budget. Here are the most popular new cars under $20,000 by state.


The data pool represents those who shopped for cars from January to November 2021. Data was then sorted and filtered to determine the most popular model per state. For this analysis, the best family cars were determined using a list created by LendingTree to include the Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Venue, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta.

Key takeaways: 

  • Toyota Corolla was the most popular car for under $20,000 in 30 states. It was roughly 35% more popular than the second-placed car, the Hyundai Elantra.
  • The Subaru Impreza, Kia Forte and Kia Soul were the other cars to take the top spot in at least one state.
  • The Kia Venue was the least popular car. At the national level it was just 4% as popular as the Toyota Corolla.

Most popular new car by state

  • Alaska: Subaru Impreza
  • Alabama: Toyota Corolla
  • Arkansas: Toyota Corolla
  • Arizona: Toyota Corolla
  • California: Toyota Corolla
  • Colorado: Subaru Impreza
  • Connecticut: Hyundai Elantra
  • District of Columbia: Toyota Corolla
  • Delaware: Toyota Corolla
  • Florida: Toyota Corolla
  • Georgia:  Toyota Corolla
  • Hawaii: Toyota Corolla
  • Iowa: Toyota Corolla
  • Idaho: Hyundai Elantra
  • Illinois: Hyundai Elantra
  • Indiana: Toyota Corolla
  • Kansas: Toyota Corolla
  • Kentucky: Toyota Corolla
  • Louisiana: Toyota Corolla
  • Massachusetts: Toyota Corolla
  • Maryland: Hyundai Elantra
  • Maine: Toyota Corolla
  • Michigan: Kia Soul
  • Minnesota: Toyota Corolla
  • Missouri: Hyundai Elantra
  • Mississippi: Hyundai Elantra
  • Montana: Kia Forte
  • North Carolina: Toyota Corolla
  • North Dakota: Hyundai Elantra
  • Nebraska: Toyota Corolla
  • New Hampshire: Hyundai Elantra
  • New Jersey: Hyundai Elantra
  • New Mexico: Toyota Corolla
  • Nevada: Toyota Corolla
  • New York: Toyota Corolla
  • Ohio: Kia Forte
  • Oklahoma: Hyundai Elantra
  • Oregon: Toyota Corolla
  • Pennsylvania: Hyundai Elantra
  • Rhode Island: Toyota Corolla
  • South Carolina: Toyota Corolla
  • South Dakota: Toyota Corolla
  • Tennessee: Kia Soul
  • Texas: Toyota Corolla
  • Utah: Hyundai Elantra
  • Virginia: Toyota Corolla
  • Vermont: Subaru Impreza
  • Washington: Toyota Corolla
  • Wisconsin: Toyota Corolla
  • West Virginia: Hyundai Elantra
  • Wyoming: Hyundai Elantra


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