Living in cities such as Boston can be a love hate relationship for car drivers for a very simple reason. While we love our city, we hate driving in it. It is an absolute nightmare being in Boston during 5 o’clock traffic. Between the stoplights downtown every few blocks, to the logjam on the Mass Pike, we all despise sitting in and navigating through traffic that should take 20 minutes, but ends up taking an hour. Because of this reality, people in cities like Boston want reliable vehicles at an affordable price, that also deliver on fuel efficiency and possibly even fit through the narrow streets of Downtown especially during construction (because there is always construction). While these requirements for a vehicle may seem more like a wish list, we’ve put together a list of Toyota vehicles that meet this criteria, all under $20,000.
Starting MSRP: $14,845
Three doors can be deceiving, but that doesn’t stop the Yaris 3-Door from giving you everything you want, and more. The base model L comes with a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen display with Entune, your all-in-on infotainment system, as well as an auxiliary input and Bluetooth audio. Though it may have 2 main doors, every Yaris model can comfortably seat five, so you can always swing by your friend’s house to pick them up without being too tight. The 3-door also has 60/40 split rear seats so you can pack exactly what you need and still have room for the friend in the back who drew the short straw. The engine boasts 106 horsepower, but will get you a combined 32-mpg. And finally, no Toyota would be complete without the reassurance of an astounding 9 airbags that engineers somehow managed to fit in something with just 3 total doors.
Starting MSRP: $15,945
And for just over $1,000 more, we enter the Yaris 5-door territory where the same features from the 3-door are largely present. In the 5-door, you will still have your 6.1-inch touchscreen display with Entune, fabric trim seating, 60/40 split rear seats with room for your third friend, a 106 horsepower engine with a combined 32-mpg, and same ridiculous 9 airbag system.
Starting MSRP: $16,820
The main differences between the 5-Door L and 5- Door SE are largely cosmetic along with some pretty convenient upgrades. The SE adds LED bar lights, daytime running lights, and fog lights. Power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler will round out the major exterior upgrades. Inside, you will find an upgraded sport fabric along with the same 60/40 split rear seating and 6.1-inch touchscreen display package with Entune. Cruise control and a leather trimmed steering wheel come standard, as well as a remote keyless entry for easy access. The engine is the same 106 horsepower engine as the other models with a combined mpg of 32 and yes, the same ridiculous 9-airbag system.
The many models and trim levels of the Yaris is an appealing aspect to many city drivers. 5 seats are usually a luxury sub-compact cars can’t afford, but the Yaris does so with ease. The cost of the vehicle also does not exceed $17,000, which will keep costs low should you choose to lease or finance. Overall, any Yaris model is seen as a perfect fit for the city, with many features that will not leave you disappointed.
The Toyota Corolla has been a staple of Toyota’s lineup since the beginning. As a compact car that often tells stories of living past 150,000 miles and up, it’s hard not to take the Corolla seriously. It comes in four trim levels in the L, LE, LE Eco, and the Sport.
At an affordable MSRP starting at just under $17,000 for the base L, to its highest MSRP at $19,145 for the Sport, the Corolla is as affordable as it is functional and modern. All models give you LED headlights and DaytimeRunning Lights with fog lights available on all models but the L and a moonroof on all trims but the L. The Sport has a significantly different exterior look than the other trims. The front grille is essentially flipped upside down with a chrome accent, an added rear spoiler (also standard on the LE Eco) and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside is where you find all your favorite Toyota features such as Bluetooth audio, an auxiliary input and a USB 2.0 outlet on all trims, heated driver and passenger seats and a backup camera on all but the L. Entune audio with a 6.1 inch touchscreen is also standard in the LE, LE Eco, and Sport. This gives you access to your favorite apps, hands free phone calls, and AM/FM radio. Entune Premium will add HD radio and traffic and SiriusXM radio with a free three-month trial.
All Corollas come with 8 standard airbags including a driver knee airbag, a 132 hp engine or a 140 hp engine on the LE Eco, and combined 31 mpg on the L, 32 mpg on the LE and Sport, and 34 combined mpg on the LE Eco.
The Toyota Corolla is about as reliable of a vehicle as it gets, especially with a price ranging between $17,000 to $20,000, it creates excellent value for what you are getting. A long range, safe, dependable car with great interior tech features is all we ever ask for right? Toyota delivers with the Corolla.
Starting MSRP: $19,080
The Prius C is a bit farther off from your traditional ethanol Toyota vehicles. It comes in four trims in the One, Two, Three, and Four. However, they break the $20,000 budget after One at $20,030 for the Two. I felt it was still appropriate to highlight a hybrid for the fact that you can get one for under $20,000. If you choose a Prius over say the Corolla or Yaris, you are doing so because you ultimately want to save money on gas, which is a worthy investment in a vehicle alone. The Prius C is the smallest of all Prius Models but can still seat five comfortably and gets an insane 50 combined mpg. The Prius One and Two will give you an AM/FM radio and CD player, USB 2.0 and auxiliary inputs as well as Bluetooth audio for hands free phone calls. The Prius C also has 9 standard airbags including the driver side knee bag.
Remember, what the Prius C One and Two don’t give you in technology; you get in super efficient gas mileage, which is something some people prefer over extensive media features. It also comes at an extremely affordable cost when comparing the Prius C to other hybrids on the market.
There you have it, 3 Toyota models and 9 trim levels later, and you have a list of affordable Toyota vehicles (mostly) all under $20,000. Whether you are a college student, young adult, small family, or hybrid enthusiast on a budget, you are sure to find the right Toyota for your limited budget. At your Boston area Wellesley Toyota dealership, we have a fantastic selection of these new Toyota vehicles to choose from. By speaking with one of our dedicated Wellesley Toyota Geniuses, we can accurately figure out what vehicle best fits your lifestyle and have you feeling confident and satisfied in your experience with us.
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