Penny-pinches need not to worry. Compiled below is a list of the current vehicles on the American market that take the title of the most inexpensive new cars one can purchase with automatic transmissions. Some consumers feel uneasy buying a used car while others might enjoy buying one of these vehicles who’s focus in frugality is in-line with their own values.
There are several things that all these vehicles have in common. Although they range from two to four door options, they are all smaller vehicles that tend to sip gas. Their focus on cheapness is not always paralleled in build quality as much as in lower costs to the consumer.
The most expensive of the inexpensive vehicles on this list starts at $15,940 while the most inexpensive only starts at a measly $14,020, which is low by American standards.
Hopefully one day penny-pinchers will see their dreams realized of new American economy cars going for as low as new economy cars in the United Kingdom sell for. At £5,995 the Dacia Sandero is a bargain for new car buyers. Currently, the vehicle is not available in the United States and therefore did not make the list. Here, however, are a list of American Sandero equivalents who match the Sandero’s frugality.
Kia Rio LX 4-Door Sedan
Base cost: $15,632
The Kia Rio is a lack-luster econo-box that gets the job done. A no-thrills option, the Rio does not disappoint while certainly not impressing many auto enthusiasts. Equipped with an exceptional 10-year, 100,000 mile warrantee, the Rio does promise frugality up-front and in the long run. For $15,632, Rio owners can break into the economy car market with a reliable vehicle that features 37 mpg hwy. Equipped with a 138 hp, 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine, the Rio won’t win any real races but can beat most of the other vehicles on this list in a race from the stoplight.
Ford Fiesta S 4-Door Sedan
Base cost: $15,124
The Ford Fiesta is the even more inexpensive version of the Focus. Reintroduced into the American market just a few years ago, the Fiesta offers a 5-year, 60,000 mile warrantee. For $15,124, buyers can enjoy a smart sedan that boasts 37 mpg hwy. Equipped with a 120 hp, 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine, the Fiesta is less of a fiesta than the Rio with slower acceleration and speed.
Mitsubishi Mirage DE CVT 4-Door Hatchback
Base cost: $14,890
The Mitsubishi Mirage gives the mirage of style. Some see the beauty even thought it’s not there. However, the Mirage offers a 10-year, 100,000 mile warrantee. For $14,890, consumers can enjoy something that sips fuel at 44 mpg hwy. Equipped with a 74 hp, 3 cylinder 1.2 liter engine, the Mirage will struggle to get up to speed but will save a bundle on gas doing it.
Chevy Spark LS 4-Door Hatchback
Base cost: $14,405
The Chevy Spark is a relative newcomer to the compact market. Sparking interest with buyers, the vehicle comes with a 5-year, 100,000 mile warrantee. For $14,405, owners boast 39 mpg hwy while running a 84 hp, 4 cylinder 1.2 liter engine.
Nissan Versa 1.6S 4-Door Sedan
Base cost: $14,315
The Versa is a versatile asian vehicle offered in both sedan and hatchback versions. With 35 mpg hwy, the Versa comes with a 5-year, 60,000 mile warantee. Under the hood stands a 109 hp, 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine.
Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe
Base cost: $14,020
The Smart ForTwo is, clearly, a two-door compact with seating for two. Boasting it’s ability to park in cities with ease and creativity, the ForTwo will either impress friends with it’s uniqueness or drive real gearheads to insanity. Regardless, the ForTwo is the most inexpensive vehicle available in America with a starting price of $14,020. Boasting 38 mpg hwy, the ForTwo comes with a 4-year, 50,000 mile warrantee which might cost buyers in the long-run with the slightly lower upfront cost. The ForTwo won’t win any races either. The 3 cylinder engine creates 70 hp out of 1.0 liters. The tiny vehicle surprisingly won’t crumble in an accident, either.