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This Holiday Season, Autobytel Presents the 10 Best Cars for Christmas Under $25,000

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IRVINE, CA—December 20, 2012: It's every adult's dream - to wake up Christmas morning and see the big, red bow atop a new car, silently wishing you a Merry Christmas. Think it isn't possible? Think again. The editors at Autobytel have compiled the 10 Best Cars for Christmas Under $25,000 which might get some of us believing in Santa all over again.

“Many Americans are still waiting for the economy to get better before making their next car purchase”

Whether you're considering a new car purchase for yourself or a loved one, sticker shock at the dealership shouldn't stop you in your tracks. The newest lineup of 2013 vehicles provides a wide selection to choose from, including those that are modestly priced. Everything from classic family cars to slick roadsters can be found for less than $25K. More importantly, the cars that made Autobytel's list don't sacrifice looks or space to qualify at an affordable price.

"Many Americans are still waiting for the economy to get better before making their next car purchase," said Autobytel editor-in-chief, Michelle Naranjo. "But if you don't want to wait for the recession to end, there's no reason you can't buy a new car that doesn't break the bank."

Following are Autobytel editors' choices for the 10 Best Cars Under $25K.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
With its classic design, the 2013 VW Beetle Convertible is not only stylish and compact but boasts a whopping 41-mpg on the highway.

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth
The racy, subcompact hatchback Fiat 500 Abarth packs a powerful punch with its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, resulting in 160 horsepower.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
This feature-packed muscle car will delight any enthusiast at an affordable price point. With 323 horsepower and standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, the 2013 Chevy Camaro makes an ideal gift.

2013 MINI Cooper
The surprisingly roomy interior of the 2013 MINI Cooper is the perfect urban runabout for any style-conscious individual.

2013 Honda CR-V
For the pragmatist in your life, the Honda CR-V is the perfect balance of utility and fuel efficiency with 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space and 31-mpg on the highway.

2013 Jeep Wrangler
Need a car that can weather the elements? The 2013 Jeep Wrangler's solid construction and four-wheel drive system makes it the perfect car for off-roading and battling winter storms.

2013 Scion FR-S
One of the most acclaimed cars of this past year, the Scion FR-S balances performance and sleekness, offering 200 horsepower in a lightweight, compact design.

2013 Kia Soul
The family-friendly 2013 Kia Soul provides ample cargo space and is fuel efficient enough to please the budget-conscious bill payer in your household.

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Nothing says strength like a pickup truck, and the 2013 Toyota Tacoma doesn't disappoint. With 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, the Tacoma can handle rough terrains.

2013 Chevrolet Spark
The 2013 Chevy Spark may be pint-size, but it can hold five passengers and haul 31.2 cubic feet of gear with the back row folded.