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It is very possible that rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars are a dying breed. Front-wheel drive seems to be more fuel efficient and AWD more popular, but to many a RWD car offers a fun driving experience that can not be topped. Well, enough of the nostalgic introduction, here is a list of five RWD cars that should be priced under $20,000 in your area.

BMW 7 series

BMW 7 Series under $20KWe will start off with a luxury entry. The 7 series is often noted as one of BMW’s top offerings. New, a 7 can run well above $140,000 depending on the trim level and options. Obviously, that is a bit out of the price range for the average buyer. Fortunately, the 7 series is not known for holding its value very well. You can buy a 2008 750i for $20,000 in most markets.

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series under $20KIf you are looking for luxury and sporty, the BMW 3 series may be the answer. More specifically, you may be interested in the very responsive 3.0L V6 in the 328i sedan. Combined with the standard six-speed Steptronic or the optional manual, the 328i offers a fun driving experience and the comfort to enjoy a road trip. You should be able to find a low mileage 2010 BMW 328i sedan for $19,200.

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS under $20KThe luxury theme continues with the Cadillac CTS. The CTS competes very well with its German counterparts, often winning in side-by-side showdowns. You should be able to find a well appointed 2009 Cadillac CTS with the standard 3.6L PFI engine in the neighborhood of $17,250. If you want a slightly bigger vehicle, you can find a 2009 Cadillac STS for $16,200.

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300 under $20KThe Chrysler 300 offers many options. The base model has an adequate 2.7L V6 that offers good fuel efficiency or you can upgrade to the 300C SRT8 to get a very powerful 6.1L Hemi V8 along with a few options in between. In the middle is the Touring trim level featuring a peppy 3.5L HO. You can find a 2008 Chrysler 300 Touring in the neighborhood of $13,000. If you want the Hemi V8, you can find a 2008 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 for $20,500.

Mazda Miata MX-5

Mazda Miata under $20KNo list of RWD cars would be complete without at least one sport car entry. The Miata is a lightweight, turbocharged beauty that is sure to satisfy your needs. To price this car out, we went with the base Sport trim level. Not because of the price point of our article, but because it is the only one with a manual transmission. The five-speed makes this car much more enjoyable to drive. You can find a 2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 for $15,200 in most areas of North America.

To clarify a few points, there are a few provisos to mention. First all prices are per Kelley Blue Book and are dealership prices. We did cross reference with nadaguides.com to make sure the quoted price is not unrealistic for most areas of North America.

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