Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If you're like most of us, you can't really afford to spend a ton on a car with the current economic climate. At the same time, you don't want to throw down money on a cheap used car that isn't going to last through the winter. Used cars can be a huge hassle because they often require many more repairs than a new car would. Well lucky for you, there are plenty of brand spanking new cars at relatively cheap prices. However, they might not even be worth the low price they're sporting. You'll just have to check it out for yourself. Here is a list of the most inexpensive cars of 2009.
1. Hyundai Accent GS Base Hatchback. At $10,665, this car is the cheapest new car you can buy in the United States. Yes it's very likable, but don't expect anything amazing from it. It comes at a great low price; however you aren't exactly getting the best deal. For its low starting price, you will be getting only the bare bones of what you usually get from a new car. If you want say an automatic transmission, an AC or a stereo, expect to pay at least $1000 more for it. This car gets around 27 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
2. Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan. This car starts at $10,685. It's a little roomier than the Hyundai Accent, but it doesn't really offer many options either. Color choices are very limited. Again, if you want extras like a stereo or an automatic transmission, you'll have to throw down some extra cash. As far as fuel economy goes, it gets between 24-27 MPG in the city and 31-34 MPG on the highway.
3. Kia Rio Base Sedan. For $12,145 you'll get the basics plus four airbags and a CD player, however if you're looking for color options or power windows, you'll again have to pay a little extra. Although this car offers a few more perks, it may not be worth the price as it sports lower crash test scores and resale value than the Nissan Versa.
4. Chevrolet Aveo. At $12,625, this car is again a much stripped down version of what you would typically expect from a new car. However, it does come with an AM/FM radio and an input jack for your MP3 player, as well as AC. Small perks aside, this car doesn't drive too well and it's lacking in many safety features. As far as fuel economy, this car gets 25-27 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
If you do decide that you want one of these new cars, you might want to spruce it up a bit with some aftermarket car parts and accessories.