“You can still get a great vehicle, with a fully warranty, AND some perks for under $20,000…”

Subaru Impreza Sedan ($19,995)
Hyundai Accent Sedan/Hatchback ($13,249/$13,599)
Ford Focus Sedan/Hatchback ($16,449/$18,849)
Toyota Yaris ($14,545)
VW Jetta ($14,990)

Auto shows dazzle with glitzy expensive new cars but among them are some hidden less expensive gems.

You can still get a great vehicle, with a fully warranty, AND some perks for under $20K.

Here are five cars with frugal price stickers at the Vancouver auto show that that will get you where you need to go and with a few goodies.

Hyundai Accent Sedan/Hatchback ($13,249/$13,599)

The Hyundai Accent five-door is quite possibly the best-looking car within its price range. And it’s hard to believe that kind of style comes in under $14K. And for that meagre price, you get a standard six-speed (yes, six) manual transmission linked with a 1.6L, four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, along with 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.

Additionally, there’s 600L of cargo space. Not bad for such a small car.

Then there’s the Accent sedan for those who aren’t on the hatchback bandwagon. The engine specs and transmission are the same but in a four-door format. Trunk space, however, is reduced to 389L.

Toyota Yaris ($14,545)

Available in both a three-door or five-door configuration, the 2015 Toyota Yaris fits five people inside, has nine airbags and an very efficient 1.5L, four-cylinder engine producing 106 horsepower under its European-styled hood.

Standard features included on the Yaris models come in the shape of a 15.5 cm display audio with AM/FM, CD and MP3 with USB input and Bluetooth capability, along with power windows and power door locks.

VW Jetta ($14,990)

Your eyes are not deceiving you. The new VW Jetta Trendline is priced as modestly as you see.

For that money, you’ll get a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth, as well as six airbags. Not to mention a great looking sedan. It’s powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine, which yields 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. You have your choice between the standard five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

The Jetta has room for five, a 60/40 split rear seat and 440L or cargo capacity.

Furthermore, it comes with revised front and rear fascias, attributing to better aerodynamics and fuel consumption. If 115 horsepower isn’t enough, you’ll need to save your pennies for the next available engine. It’s a powerful 1.8L TSI engine ($22,890.) The 1.8L engine came out last year and delivers 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque thanks to direct injection and turbocharging.

Ford Focus Sedan/Hatchback ($16,449/$18,849)

For 2015, the Focus for Ford is about styling and efficiency!

There’s a new look for the Focus sedan and hatchback that includes a restyled hood, grille, new rear lamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid. You’ll have the option of both a four-door sedan or a five-door hatch.

Standard on Focus for the first time is the rearview camera, which will appear on either a 10.4 cm screen or the 20.3 cm screen that comes with MyFord Touch-equipped cars.

Inside, colours and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims, switches and an available heated steering wheel. Storage is improved with a new centre console incorporating adjustable cupholders, and a new, easier-to-access glove box.

Subaru Impreza Sedan ($19,995)

As the most affordable vehicle in Canada that comes standard with an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, Subaru’s Impreza is a great fit for those who want reliable transportation and the confidence on slippery surfaces.

As an added bonus, it comes with a manual transmission. But for those who prefer not shifting their own gears, there’s an available Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). For the 2015 model year, it also received some cosmetic upgrades, you know, to keep it looking young and hip.

The Impreza is powered by a 2.0L horizontally opposed, four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine giving you 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.

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