Welcome to the Golden Era of budget cars. Think about it — at one time a small budget meant buying a small car with limited equipment and even more limited style. Things are different now. Not only do inexpensive cars come decently equipped but some are even considered cool. Prices are MSRP (sticker price) plus destination charge.
List of the Top 20 Cheapest Cars of 2010 with Video Reviews:
1. Hyundai Accent, $10,690
Over the years, Hyundai has transformed from a company that offered one
inferior small car into a powerhouse that sells near-luxury cars like the
Azera and capable SUVs such as the Santa Fe and Tucson.
There’s also the 2006 Accent, the company’s entry-level small car, a totally
redesigned model that best demonstrates Hyundai’s continued commitment to
one of its main goals — offering customers capable cars that are well-backed
and affordably priced. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
2. Nissan Versa, $10,710
Nissan Versa. With gas prices fluctuating, more people are considering
smaller, fuel-efficient cars but do not want to sacrifice the creature comforts
they have come to depend on. Nissans response to this growing demand is
the new Versa. It offers compact-car affordability and gas mileage while
providing the comfort and quality of a mid-size sedan. Entry-level cars
have a reputation for being meagerly equipped and cramped.
The Nissan Versa challenges that reputation with uncharacteristic safety, technology and performance features and a generous helping of cabin space. The Versa is available in hatchback and sedan forms, in basic S and better-equipped SL trims. Several packages are also available, offering features almost never found in this segment. Both the sporty hatchback and practical sedan deliver unprecedented legroom and options at a price that wont break the bank. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
3. Kia Rio Base Sedan, $12,390
It’s got enough power for everyday driving, the interior is roomy, all the basic features are there. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
4. Smart Fortwo Pure, $12,635
Since the product’s launch, sales have surpassed production and the reservation program continues as a “wait list” program. The average wait used to be 12 to 18 months for delivery; although due to the economy, many buyers couldn’t purchase the vehicles when they were ready for delivery and many are available on dealer lots.
The Smart Fortwo was rated as the most fuel efficient two-seater car in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 Fuel Economy Guide, with fuel efficiency ratings of 33 mpg-US (7.1 L/100 km; 40 mpg-imp) city and 41 mpg-US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp) highway.
The 2008 Smart Fortwo coupe was given an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 36 mpg-US combined. On May 14, 2008, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released crash test results for the fortwo. The IIHS gave the fortwo top ratings in protecting passengers in front and side crashes. However, the NHTSA cited a Safety Concern on their tests of a 2008 fortwo, stating “during the side impact test, the driver door unlatched and opened. A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection.” GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
5. Chevrolet Aveo LS Sedan, $12,685
The Chevrolet Aveo offers affordable transportation in a choice of four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. Its redesign for 2007 will allow it to compete stronger than ever.
6. Toyota Yaris 3-door Liftback, $13,355
Toyota Yaris. Recently, erratic gas prices have increased demand for small, fuel-efficient vehicles. Toyota is meeting this demand with the Yaris, replacing the Echo as its smallest and most economical offering.
The all-new Yaris is longer and wider than its predecessor, with a more sophisticated Euro look. The Yaris comes in two very distinct styles, the Liftback and Sedan. The shorter Liftback has combines avant garde styling with a practical rear hatch and versatile seating arrangement. The longer Sedan offers a more conventional design with plenty of interior space. It is also offered in a sportier S configuration.
Both Yaris models deliver Toyotas reputation for quality in a small, fuel-efficient package. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
7. Kia Soul Base, $13,995
8. Suzuki SX4 Sedan, $14,094
Suzuki SX4. Suzukis new SX4 offers a sporty all-wheel-drive alternative to the other cars in the small hatchback class. With an athletic look and eager engine, the SX4 produces more horsepower than its competitors while still offering the economy and versatility that has always been a keynote of the hatchback sedan segment. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
Budget-conscious buyers will like the SX4s low price tag and utility. The SX4 is the lowest-priced all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market and comes with a wide-range of standard equipment. Add to that the versatility of the hatchback design and split-folding rear seats, and the SX4s possibilities are endless. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
9. Kia Forte LX, $14,390
10. Nissan Cube 1.8, $14,710
11. Hyundai Elantra, $14,865
The Hyundai Elantra is an inexpensive, Korean made, compact, five seat sedan. When it first came to America in 1992, it lured customers with a combination of low initial cost and an attractive warranty. Now in its fourth generation, the Elantra is roomier, more refined and safer than ever before. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
With competitors like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic also vying for supremacy in the compact car segment, Hyundai hopes the Elantra’s new look and strong value can win over customers. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
12. Mitsubishi Lancer DE, $15,535
Is there an unwritten rule that says inexpensive cars have to be boring? Mitsubishi doesn’t think so. In a category dominated by practical but uninspiring transportation the Lancer stands out as a frugal car that’s also exciting to look at and fun to drive.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has traditionally sat in the shadows of its affordable exotic sibling — the much praised, World Rally-derived Lancer Evolution. Now with a wealth of high-tech features, sportier performance and aggressive sheet metal, the latest generation Lancer is ready to make a name for itself while building on the heritage of its much more expensive brother. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
13. Scion xD, $15,570
The Scion brand has done a masterful job of building their vehicles as blank palettes, designed to satisfy the custom-car dreams of twenty-something year-old hipsters. Look beyond the marketing hype however, and the Scion xD emerges as a logical choice for anyone who needs a sensible car at a fair price. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
14. Honda Fit, $15,610
If you’re thinking a full-on Fit redesign seems a little premature, you’re half right. Although the current Honda Fit only just went on sale in the U.S. in 2006, it’s been selling in Japan since 2001. In addition to all-new sheetmetal, the next Fit sports a two-inch longer wheelbase that helps increase interior space.
Larger 15-inch wheels are standard, and Honda says the revised 1.5-liter engine is more powerful than the last. Interior upgrades include an available navigation system, USB audio port and a more easily configurable rear seat. The new Fit should continue to start around $15,000 when it arrives Fall 2008. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
15. Chevrolet Cobalt, $15,710
With gas prices on the rise many Americans are adding small cars to their consideration list. Import brands like Honda and Toyota have long held the dominant position in the subcompact category, but what about buyers who prefer to shop the domestic brands? Enter the Chevrolet Cobalt, an American take on the small car.
While previous small General Motors like the Chevy Cavalier might give you pause, the Chevrolet Cobalt is a different animal. Good fuel economy, attractive styling and high value make the Cobalt worthy of consideration. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
16. Mazda 3i SV, $16,045
17. Nissan Sentra, $16,140
Nissan Sentra. The Sentra has long been the entry point for budget buyers into the Nissan brand. Over the years the entry-level Sentra has grown in size, moving the once humble economy car up one full notch, where it now slots between the mid-size Altima and subcompact Versa. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
While it has moved slightly upmarket, the Nissan Sentra is still aimed at those looking to get a lot of car for not a lot of money. For as little as $15,000 or so buyers can drive a car with styling, interior appointments and available options reminiscent of the more expensive Altima. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
18. Honda Civic DX Coupe, $16,165
Honda Civic Sedan. When you say Honda, the next word that likely comes to mind is Civic. After more than 30 years on the market, the Honda Civic continues to impress with its blend of high fuel economy, legendary reliability and class-leading resale values.
A total redesign in 2006 helped name the Civic Kelley Blue Books Best Redesigned Vehicle of 2006 as well as address one of the Civics weaker attributes, its bland styling. With a sleek, angular new body and a high-tech interior, the Civic Sedan visually distinguishes itself from the competition. A combination of value and good looks, the Honda Civic Sedan continues to be the standard by which compact cars are measured. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
19. Toyota Corolla, $16,200
High gas prices are here to stay, and more and more Americans are turning to subcompact cars to save on fuel costs. Few cars are as poised to take advantage of this market change as the Toyota Corolla. The Corolla is a perennial top-ten seller in the U.S. and the second-best selling subcompact behind only the Honda Civic.
The Corolla arrived in the United States in the late 1960s. Toyotas subcompact has grown over time, both in size and in features, with each generation better than the last. Now in its 10th generation, the Corolla maintains its core values of long-term reliability, great fuel economy, and excellent resale value. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →
20. Ford Focus, $16,290
In a field dominated by imports, the Ford Focus proves domestic manufacturers can still build an affordable, reliable and highly efficient compact car.
Available as a stylish sedan and sporty coupe, the Focus wears a number of faces, from frugal econobox to well-equipped touring car. Great gas mileage is only part of the Focus story, however, as the car is also loaded with a long list of standard comfort and safety equipment, as well as such innovative features as the SYNC audio system. GET UNPUBLISHED PRICE →