The answer to the car dilemma that plagues many young adults is simple: Find a car that suits you, the way you want it.
A good car is an essential part of life, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on a car if you can avoid it.
Here are the top 10 car brands to get you started.
Ford Focus RS-F RS Hatchback: It’s a little too small for most of us, but the Focus RS hatchback is an easy-to-drive, fun-to drive car.
The 4.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets a generous amount of power and a long reach, and it’s quick and reliable.
The Focus RS comes standard with heated front seats and leather wrapped steering wheel.
You’ll get a price tag of $28,957.
You can find the Focus on eBay for $16,000.
Cadillac ELR: You can get a nice-looking, fuel-efficient hatchback for about $27,000, but if you’re a little more serious about buying a car, the Cadillac EL R is a great deal.
The three-door sedan is a bit smaller than the Focus, but it’s a great choice for people who want something a little different from the competition.
Its four-wheel-drive system gets a lot of torque, and its 3.6-liter engine gets the best power-to, drag-to ratios in the lineup.
It starts at $30,000 and can be had for about a quarter of that, depending on how many seats you have.
BMW i3: The i3 sedan is one of the most exciting cars on the market.
It’s light, powerful, and sporty, and if you have an extra $10,000 in your bank account, you can have a good chance of getting one.
The i5, i7, and i9 models come standard with all-wheel drive, which gives the i3 a huge advantage over the competition for those looking for a little bit more performance.
The $27.7-million i3 can be found for $30-35,000 at most dealerships.
Mazda MX-5 Miata: You could always get a $200,000 hatchback, but for some reason, the MX-50 is the only hatch that looks like a crossover.
The Miata’s all-aluminum body is gorgeous, and the six-speed manual is excellent, but a $35,500 hatch gets you a good deal.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG S Coupe: This coupe has a lot going for it.
The 2.0-liter, four-barrel turbocharged engine makes 200 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.
It is very responsive and feels quick.
It also comes with leather seats and heated front and rear seats.
You could buy this car for $37,900.
Lexus ES-220: This sedan is compact and powerful, but its $28-million price tag doesn’t come cheap.
Its three-speed automatic transmission, a six-speaker sound system, and aluminum alloy wheels give it an edge over rivals.
It can be purchased for $31,500.
Mercedes AMG G-Class: This premium sedan has all the modern amenities that you’d expect from a top-end luxury sedan, including a heated driver’s seat, power windows, rear-view mirrors, and power-assist steering.
You get the performance and value for about the same price as the GTE, but you’ll get more.
It comes with power windows and a rear-facing camera.
Nissan Titan X: The Titan X is a supercar for the money, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap.
It costs about $40,000 for a base model, which includes a four-passenger suite, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power door locks, power mirrors, an active rearview camera, and an electric power roof rack.
Toyota Corolla: The Corolla is the most expensive hatch in the class.
It gets a top price tag for a two-door, sporty sedan, but then you have to pay a lot for the seats, heated seats, power roof racks, and all-new exterior styling.
The Corollas are also available with a six and eight-speed transmissions.
You’re looking at about $30 per month for the whole package.
Mercedes S Class: It doesn’t look too much like a convertible, but Mercedes-s sedans are designed to be very small, which makes them easy to take on a trip.
They have a five-passengers package, a heated front seat, and heated steering wheel and pedals, and they come with a power roof and a leather interior.
You’d be paying about $38,800