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Smart Used Hatchbacks Under $20,000 for 2020

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Hatchbacks give you a lot of bang for your buck by offering the efficiency of a sedan combined with the practicality of an SUV. As such, a used hatchback is a great choice for a buyer in search of an affordable, economical used car. Here are seven of our favorite used hatchbacks under $20,000.

2017-2019 Mazda3

2017-2019 Mazda3

If you're looking for a slightly premium experience, the Mazda3 is probably right up your alley. Offered as a hatchback as well as a sedan, the Mazda3 offers elevated driving dynamics, a great interior and a healthy amount of available active safety features. While the Mazda3 was fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, buyers looking for a sub-$20,000 example will likely find a lot of value in a 2017-2019 Mazda3. At this price point, upscale features such as navigation, leather interior and a Bose audio system are all in play. There are currently close to 900 2017-2019 Mazda3 hatchbacks listed for sale on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. Two hundred of them are top-trim Grand Touring models. Find a Mazda3 for sale

2017-2019 Honda Fit

2017-2019 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit offers big value in the form of a surprisingly nice interior and great handling characteristics, which is something you tend to expect from Honda. This Fit comes with a basic 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. This can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy comes in at 29 miles per gallon in the city and up to 36 mpg on the highway. Newer CVT models are even available with active safety tech like automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control and lane-keeping assist. There over 1,000 2017-or-newer Fits for sale for under $20,000 currently for sale on Autotrader -- this shouldn't come as a surprise, given that the Fit has a base price of about $17,000. Find a Honda Fit for sale

2017-2019 Subaru Impreza

2017-2019 Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza is the only vehicle on this list that comes with all-wheel drive. The Impreza also offers great safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and other accident-avoidance tech, along with an efficient 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 152 hp and returns up to 31 mpg in combined driving -- not bad when you consider that it has to power all four wheels. Right now on Autotrader, there are just over 600 2017-or-newer used Subaru Impreza hatchbacks listed for $20,000 or less. Add in the ruggedized version of the Impreza hatch, the Crosstrek, and you've got 150 additional options to choose from. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

2018-2019 Nissan Kicks

2018-2019 Nissan Kicks

Though the Nissan Kicks is marketed as an SUV, it's really more of a high-riding hatchback. Only available in front-wheel drive, the Kicks comes powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 144 hp and returns 29 mpg in combined driving. Like many of the hatchbacks on our list, the Kicks offers decent driving characteristics. It also offers a large cargo area and tons of equipment at a low price that tops out at just over $23,000 when new and loaded. Though the Kicks just came out during the 2018 model year, there are already loads of used and even new models listed for sale on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. Find a Nissan Kicks for sale

2017-2019 Honda Civic

2017-2019 Honda Civic

The beloved Honda Civic hatchback made its return to the U.S. market for the 2017 model year. Like any hatchback, the Civic not only boasts increased cargo room, but a wide rear hatch opening, making loading large items a breeze. The Civic also comes with a great interior and good driving dynamics, which are further improved in the hatchback by the inclusion of a standard sport suspension. Power comes from a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 174 hp and returning an impressive 34 mpg combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. There are currently more than 1,000 2017-2019 Civic hatchbacks listed for sale on Autotrader. Find a Honda Civic for sale

2018-2019 Kia Soul

2018-2019 Kia Soul

Though it's categorized as a subcompact, the Kia Soul offers space on par with many compact hatchbacks and SUVs. The Soul's upright driving position and boxy proportions point toward it being an SUV, but its lack of available AWD means that it has more in common with an economical compact hatchback. Be aware of the Soul's weird trim levels -- models from these years were sold as base, + and ! trims. Top-spec ! models were sold with a potent 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 201 hp and paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The ! also comes with a number of upscale features, such as an 8-in infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a Harmon Kardon audio system. Right now on Autotrader, there are more than 1,000 2017-2019 Souls listed for under $20,000, around 150 of which are the loaded ! model. Find a Kia Soul for sale

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

Rounding out our list of good used hatchbacks under $20,000 is the Volkswagen Golf, another mainstream hatch that could easily pass as a luxury car. Volkswagen has always been known for smart design, and the seventh-generation Golf picks up the others left off. It features a large available center infotainment screen that's tilted slightly toward the driver, great handling characteristics and a pair of available turbocharged engines. There are currently more than 900 seventh-generation Golfs listed for sale on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. The Golf was also available in a pair of wagon body styles that were known as the Sportwagen and Alltrack, and there are currently several hundred of those listed for $20,000 or less as well. Find a Volkswagen Golf for sale

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