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What are the best cars for under $25,000?

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If you're in the market for a new car but you don't have much to spend, you're in luck. Your Money Team's Adam Murphy is protecting your money with the best cars for your buck under $25,000. He spoke to Consumer Reports about their test drives of hundreds of cars for their 2014 list.

"Yes, you can buy a good car for under $25,000," Consumer Reports auto specialist Mike Quincy said.

If your budget is tight, Quincy says it doesn't get much better than the Honda Accord.

"It's going to get 32 MPG overall, and it has an excellent reliability record according to Consumer Reports research," Quincy said. "It's comfortable, it's quiet, it handles well, and it's a great buy for $25,000," Quincy added.

Consumer Reports says another affordable option is the Hyundai Sonata--

"The Hyundai Sonata is one of the better mid-sized sedans," Quincy said. "It did very well in Consumer Reports testing, and it's quiet inside, has good acceleration, good handling, decent fuel economy--about 27 MPG overall."

Top-end Sonata models come with leather seats that heat and cool, navigation, and just about every safety feature under the sun. You can get into one of these for about $23,000.

If you need a little more breathing room, the Mazda 5 is a "mini" minivan with third row seating for around $25,000.

"This car is great for small, young families with maybe one or two kids. It's very child seat friendly," Quincy said. "It's easy to install child safety seats in back. It's also good for outdoorsy people," Quincy added. "You can fold down the rear seats, throw your mountain bike in the back."

Another top pick for families is the Subaru Impreza.

"The beauty of the Subaru Impreza is you're getting standard all wheel drive and you're still getting in about 26-27 MPG overall," Quincy said.

But don't expect too many frills from cars in this category.

"Vehicles under $25,000 might not have leather interiors and other perks like heated seats," said Quincy. "Because sometimes it does get cold in Atlanta."

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