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The Best Back-to-School Cars Under $20,000

Save money for tuition with these FCA US picks

August 17, 2015

Going back to school doesn’t mean that you have to drain the bank account. FCA US has five feature-packed vehicles that will get you to class for under $20,000.

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    2015 Dodge Dart

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    2015 Fiat 500

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    2015 Jeep Renegade

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    2015 Jeep Compass

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    2015 Jeep Patriot

 

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2015 Dodge Dart interior

Most award-winning vehicle in its class: 2015 Dodge Dart

  • MSRP starting at $16,495
  • Horsepower: 184 — when powered by the 2.4L MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine.
  • Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (highway mpg): 41 — when equipped with a 1.4L engine and six-speed manual transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

The 2015 Dodge Dart delivers class-leading safety, technology and style at an attractive price. Equipped with segment-leading safety and security features, and innovative, easy-to-use technology, the vehicle features an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and a 7-inch full-color, reconfigurable digital gauge cluster. Based on the 2014 Ward’s Small Upper Sedan vehicle segmentation costing under $25,000, the Dodge Dart is the most award-winning vehicle in its class and according to Strategic Vision’s 2014 Total Quality Index (TQI) study, the Dodge Dart tops the compact car segment in total quality. 

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The 2015 Fiat 500 vehicle lineup will include a number of interior enhancements for increased driver convenience and ease of use, including an innovative instrument panel with a 7-inch high-definition TFT cluster display.

Iconic Italian Style: 2015 Fiat 500 

  • MSRP starting at $16,845
  • Horsepower: 135 — when powered by the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine.
  • Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (highway mpg): 40 — when equipped with a 1.4L engine and five-speed manual transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

Beautiful Italian styling combined with functionality, efficient design and innovative technology have been hallmark attributes for the Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) – making it a timeless icon for more than 50 years. Increased driver convenience for 2015 includes Bluetooth streaming audio and a revamped center console with an additional USB port. The vehicle also provides studio-quality sound with a segment-exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system which delivers a high-definition music experience. In addition, the FIAT 500 was named a Consumers Digest Best Buy in the Subcompact segment for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 models.

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2015 Jeep Patriot interior

The best priced SUV in America: 2015 Jeep® Patriot

  • MSRP starting at $16,895
  • Horsepower: 158 — when powered by the 2.0L I-4 World Gas Engine. 172 — when powered by the 2.4L DOHC 16-valve dual VVT I4 engine.
  • Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (highway mpg): 30 — when equipped with the 2.0L engine and five-speed manual transmission, 4×2. Actual mileage may vary.

The 2015 Patriot is unmistakably a Jeep SUV, designed to appeal to compact-SUV buyers who want traditional Jeep styling with best-in-class off-road capability at an affordable price. With legendary Jeep capability and style, fuel economy up to 30 mpg highway, more than 30 available safety and security features, the Jeep Patriot delivers value for consumers. The 2015 Jeep Patriot is the best-priced 4×4 in America based on entry level MSRP and latest available competitive pricing. Also, for a third consecutive year, the Jeep Patriot captures lowest 5-Year Cost to Own award in Compact SUV/Crossover segment from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk interior

Live Renegade: 2015 Jeep Renegade 

  • MSRP starting at $17,995
  • Horsepower: 180 — when powered by the 2.4L MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine.
  • Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (highway mpg): 31 — when equipped with a 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission, 4×2. Actual mileage may vary.

The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4×4 capability Jeep is known for. Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, two fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle which combines the Jeep brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade made its debut on Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” this year.

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2015 Jeep Compass Limited interior

Inspired to take you farther: 2015 Jeep Compass

  • MSRP starting at $18,995
  • Horsepower: 158 — when powered by the 2.0L I-4 World Gas Engine. 172 — when powered by the 2.4L DOHC 16-valve dual VVT I4 engine.
  • Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (highway mpg): 30 — when equipped with the 2.0L engine and five-speed manual transmission, 4×2. Actual mileage may vary.

With unmatched Jeep capability in all weather conditions, fuel economy of up to 30 mpg, a distinctive design and features customers value, the 2015 Jeep Compass continues to set the standard in the compact-SUV segment. The Jeep Compass fine-tunes the features that customers desire with the value they appreciate including more than 30 safety and security features. The popular Altitude Package features a unique “blacked out” theme, with a distinctive black gloss finish around the trademark seven-slot Jeep grille and headlamps, black roof rails and a black step pad, sport mesh cloth and vinyl seats, heated front seats and 18-inch black aluminum wheels, delivering a unique style and exceptional value.