What you can drive for $23,000
Chevrolet Cruze 2LT
Mileage: 26 mpg city/38 highway/30 combined
The compact but roomy Cruze 2LT comes packed with features normally found on more expensive cars, like 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The 2LT even gets genuine leather upholstery available in solid and two-tone color choices, power heated seats and the Chevy MyLink infotainment system with voice controls, Bluetooth audio streaming and a 7-inch color touch screen. Interior materials are high-quality and look premium for the price. The turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine generates 138 horsepower, and with the six-speed automatic transmission we recommend, the ride is smooth and responsive. It also offers more trunk space than competitors like the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.