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2014 Honda Civic LX Sedan

Price: $19,980
Mileage: 28 mpg city/39 hwy/32 combined
Estimated Annual Fuel Cost: $1,550

With its range of engines, body styles and trim levels, shoppers looking for a compact car should be able to find something within the Civic family that meets their needs. For those on the hunt for a sub-$20,000 price and solid gas mileage, the LX Sedan fills the bill. We've priced it here with the standard 143-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine and optional continuously variable transmission. You may have heard that Honda stumbled when it redesigned the Civic in 2012 with a cheaper-looking, noisier interior. But some feverish work over the past two years has pretty much fixed that, and the Civic remains one of the best-driving compacts on the road.