6 cheap cars with killer sound systems

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

Price: $19,350

Audio Upgrade: $995

Total Price: $20,345

Did we say these were the best sound systems you can get in a car that costs less than $25,000?

Here's a great sound system on a car that costs just a smidge over $20,000 — the cheapest ride on our list of favorites.

Every Cruze comes with a six-speaker audio system that includes CD player, auxiliary input jack, XM satellite radio capability with three months' free service and speed-sensitive volume control.

There's also Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port with iPod interface and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.

The premium Pioneer audio system we recommend packs nine speakers into the Cruze, including a subwoofer and 250-watt amp in the 1LT's All-Star Package.

We don't like that Chevrolet requires you to buy a sunroof to get the Pioneer sound system. But at $995 for both, it's still a smart buy.