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8 Great Used Hatchbacks Under $20,000 for 2019

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Hatchbacks are hugely practical, combining the space of an SUV with the efficiency and driving experience of a sedan. They're also capable of hauling things you could never get into a regular old car -- TVs, bikes, furniture, you name it. Whether you're moving across the country, commuting or living the city life, you can't go wrong with a hatchback. They also tend to be pretty affordable, and here we've outlined eight of the best used hatchbacks available for around $20,000. This is a relatively large budget for a compact hatchback, and should afford you an upper trim level with lots of great features in the way of safety and infotainment tech.

2017-2019 Mazda3

2017-2019 Mazda3

Brand new, the Mazda3 hatchback carries a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $20,000, so buyers should have no problem finding either a new or gently used example for around $20,000 or less. While buying new will afford you a full manufacturer's warranty and the satisfaction of buying a brand new car, you likely won't be able to afford features like leather seats, a sunroof or a navigation system, which may have some buyers looking toward the used market. This isn't a bad thing, as a fully loaded Mazda3 hatchback from the 2017 and 2018 model years offered an overall experience on par with luxury vehicles costing $10,000 more. In fully loaded Grand Touring trim, the Mazda3 hatch boasts features like a sunroof, a Bose audio system, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a whole array of active safety features like radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist. Currently on Autotrader, there are over 500 2017-2019 Mazda3 hatchbacks listed for under $20,000, and over 50 are even the top of the line Grand Touring trim. Find a Mazda3 for sale

2017-2018 Kia Soul

2017-2018 Kia Soul

The Soul is a funky, upright hatchback with boxy, SUV-like proportions. Despite its somewhat rugged demeanor, the Soul is front-wheel drive (FWD) only; no all-wheel drive (AWD) option is offered. Considered a subcompact utility vehicle, the Soul's boxy proportions allow it to swallow as much cargo as some compact SUVs, and it also garners praise for its upright seating position. There are currently over 1,000 2017-2018 Souls listed on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. Seventy-two of these are even the exciting "!" or "Exclaim" model, which comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder putting out 201 horsepower and paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic, making for a spirited driving experience. Other features of the Soul "!" include a Harmon Kardon audio system and an 8.0-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Find a Kia Soul for sale

2017-2019 Subaru Impreza

2017-2019 Subaru Impreza

Buyers looking for a Subaru Impreza are likely drawn in by one thing in particular -- standard AWD drive. This isn't the Impreza's only benefit though, as it offers great accident avoidance tech and a spacious cabin. The Impreza returns up to 31 miles per gallon in combined driving if you opt for the automatic transmission, which is impressive for a car with full-time AWD. Power comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 152 hp and routed to all four wheels via either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic. There are currently over 600 2017-or-newer Impreza hatchbacks listed on Autotrader for under $20,000, all of which offer AWD. Add the ruggedized Impreza-based Crosstrek to your search field and your options grow by 200. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

2017-2019 Honda Civic

2017-2019 Honda Civic

Honda re-introduced a Civic hatchback to the U.S. market for the 2017 model year to go alongside updated versions of the sedan and coupe that went on sale for 2016. Like the other vehicles on this list, the Civic hatchback offers added practicality over the sedan thanks to a wider rear cargo opening and allows for up to 46.2 cu ft. of cargo volume with the rear seat folded. We also love the Civic for its high quality interior and for its potent 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, which puts out 174 hp while still returning 34 mpg combined. There are currently over 500 2017-2019 Civic hatchbacks listed on Autotrader for under $20,000. Of these, around 200 are the stylish sport model, which comes with 18-in wheels, a more aggressive body kit and a center-mounted, dual-outlet exhaust. Find a Honda Civic for sale

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

The "MKVII," or seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, went on sale for the 2015 model year and makes for one of the most sophisticated, refined used hatchbacks on the market. Both 2- and 4-door options have been offered over the years, as has an even more practical Sportwagen variant that offers stretched rear quarter for even more cargo space. Over these years, the Golf came with a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 170 hp and paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, good for fuel economy of either 28 or 29 mpg combined. The Golf is known for offering a great interior comprised of high-quality materials; befitting of a vehicle costing twice as much money. Right now on Autotrader, the vast majority of used seventh-generation Golfs are listed for under $20,000, and buyers have close to 1,000 to choose from that fit the bill.

If you want more power and performance, consider the GTI, the Golf's performance variant. The GTI comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 228 hp and paired with either a 6-speed manual or a fast-shifting dual-clutch automatic. Buyers looking for a sub-$20,000 GTI from the 2015 to 2018 model years currently have close to 600 to choose from on Autotrader. Find a Volkswagen Golf for sale

2015-2019 Honda Fit

2015-2019 Honda Fit

Buyers love the Honda Fit for its great handling and nice interior, in addition to its practicality. The Fit comes with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, good for 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Transmission options are either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic. Newer models equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) even come with active safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. There are currently over 1,000 2015-2019 Honda Fits listed on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. Find a Honda Fit for sale

2015-2019 Ford Focus

2015-2019 Ford Focus

The Focus has been out for a while, having first gone on sale in its current body style back in 2011. Still, it's one of the most trusted hatchbacks on the market, and through a number of updates over the years, Ford has managed to keep it competitive. The most significant update came for the 2015 model year, when Ford opted to rework the Focus's exterior and interior styling, redesigning the confusing button layout of the outgoing model, incorporating a larger infotainment screen and adding a new steering wheel with a 3-spoke design. The Focus is offered with a number of different economical, efficient engines, some of which are turbocharged. There are currently well over 1,000 Focus hatchbacks from the 2015 to 2018 model years listed on Autotrader for under $20,000. Around 250 of these are even the high-performance ST model, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 252 hp and paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Needless to say, with even new Focuses available for under $20,000, buyers have endless options when it comes to finding an affordable used Focus. Find a Ford Focus for sale

2018-2019 Toyota C-HR

2018-2019 Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR looks like an SUV on the surface and is marketed by Toyota as such, but its paltry 5.9-in of ground clearance, relatively small cargo room and lack of an AWD drive option point to it being more hatchback than utility vehicle. Still, the C-HR offers an upright, SUV-like driving position, distinctive styling, sporty handling and a great array of active safety features. Power comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 144 hp and is sent to the wheels through a continuously variable automatic. This is good for fuel economy of 29 mpg combined -- average for a small SUV, but lacking somewhat for a hatchback. Still, the C-HR's blending of car and SUV characteristics make it an intriguing option. There are currently around 250 Toyota C-HRs listed on Autotrader for under $20,000. Find a Toyota C-HR for sale

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