Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Right NowJune 6th, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
In life, very few things are quite as satisfying than buying a brand-new car. And whether you are spending a cool $410,00 on a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe or $10,000 on a Hyundai Accent, the warm fuzzy feeling you get inside is tough to replicate. And with used car prices soaring, it’s an easy to see why more people are buying new cars now than ever before.
Here are the top 10 least-expensive cars you can purchase in the U.S. as of right now. Base prices are current as of the time of this writing.
1. Hyundai Accent GL, $9,985
MPG: 28 city/34 highway
With the 2012 Accent entering showrooms, a 2011 model can be had for a song. The car lacks air conditioning and the refinement of the 2012 car, but Hyundai has dropped the price considerably. And make no mistake about it: the Hyundai models of today can compete toe-to-toe with Honda and Toyota.
2. Nissan Versa 1.6, $9,990
MPG: 26 city/34 highway
Nissan’s Versa is much like the Accent in that basic features cost extra. With an MSRP under $10,000 with possible incentives pushing the price even lower, take a long look at the Nissan.
3. Chevrolet Aveo LS Sedan, $11,965
MPG: 27 city/35 highway
4. Kia Rio Base Sedan, $12,295
MPG: 28 city/34 highway
Like the Hyundai and Chevy, the 2011 Rio is set to be replaced.Air conditioning and ABS are extra unless you can get a great price as dealers look to purge stock.
5. Smart Fortwo Pure, $12,490
MPG: 33 city/41 highway
Smart’s Fortwo is made by Mercedes-Benz and gets outstanding gas mileage. Its size means a lack of utility, though standard equipment is good.
6. Toyota Yaris 3-door Liftback, $13,155
MPG: 29 city/36 highway
The Yaris is a good value buy with standard ABS, stereo and air conditioning. The car hasn’t lived up to Toyota’s reputation for top quality, though.
7. Ford Fiesta S Sedan, $13,200
MPG: 28 city/37 highway
Unlike some subcompacts here, Ford’s Euro-inspired Fiesta is a blast to drive. Consider the manual transmission for a fun ride and the best gas mileage.
8. Kia Soul Base, $13,300
MPG: 26 city/31 highway
The Soul has been a big sales hit. While gas mileage isn’t as good, a modern interior with many standard features mean the base model is all you’ll need.
9. Suzuki SX4 Sedan, $13,499
MPG: 23 city/33 highway
The Suzuki’s 150-horsepower engine is tops among this class. The rally-inspired SX4 is fun to drive, though the company’s reputation for quality and resale value is suspect.
10. Mazda Mazda2 Sport, $14,180
MPG: 29 city/35 highway
Mazda’s Mazda2 subcompact is related to Ford’s Fiesta and is even more fun to drive. Standard equipment is good, though the car’s base price is inexplicably higher than the others here. The ’2 looks a bit different than the Fiesta, so if it’s worth it to you, feel confident that it will be just as reliable as the Fiesta.