Buying a car is no longer a huge, life-changing purchase like it was back in the 50s. It’s still a big deal; it’s just not that big of a deal. These days, cars on the lot range from a measly $12,000 to $100,000+, and that’s not counting all the exotic sports cars available on the market.
10. Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan
At $16,020, The Sonic sedan is one of two Chevies that made it on this list. It not only has a handsomely refreshing interior, but it also features ten airbags, OnStar, a 7-inch touchscreen with entertainment and information built-in, along with keyless entry, adjustable steering wheel and more. It’s affordable and feature-packed.
9. Fiat 500 Pop
At $15,990, the Fiat 500 Pop is a surprising car to top this list. It’s the smallest car next to a Smart Fortwo, but it comes with a lot of features including keyless entry and a leather-wrapped wheel. But, those features are surrounded by plastic, leading to a pretty cheap feeling.
8. Hyundai Accent SE
At $15,580, the Accent has a 137 horsepower, four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual drive. It’s pretty basic on features, yet it’s a stylish car that comes comparable to the Kia Rio.
7. Smart Fortwo
The smallest car on this list, the Smart Fortwo is just $15,400 and puts out just 89 horsepower at full steam. It’s a five-speed manual, but people love them because the gas mileage is a whopping 40 miles per gallon.
6. Nissan Versa Note
At $15,095, the Note is a favorite among car shoppers searching in the under $16,000 range. It certainly looks more expensive than it is, but as far as warranty and gas mileage goes, it’s not really a stand-out in its range.
5. Kia Rio Sedan
At $15,015, this four-door, 138 horsepower car gives a powerful and smooth ride. It comes with Kia’s 10 years, 100,000-mile warranty but this car doesn’t come with power windows or power locks.
4. Ford Fiesta S Sedan
Priced at $15,005, this Ford Fiesta is powered by 120 horsepower, but its fuel economy isn’t really comparable to similar vehicles in the range. It’s got decent power, and it is a fun drive, but not exactly a steal.
3. Chevrolet Spark
At $13,875, the Spark is a good competitor that features similar amenities to the Chevrolet Sonic, including a touchscreen, airbags, and in-car Wi-Fi standard. But, it’s got just 98 horsepower.
2. Mitsubishi Mirage ES
At $13,830, the Mirage is a simple, basic, and pretty powerless car. It gets just 78 horsepower, but it does rank high in fuel economy. It also comes with a great warranty.
1. Nissan Versa S
At $12,855, you couldn’t try to find a car cheaper than the Nissan Versa. It’s got a 109 horsepower, four-cylinder engine, and a manual transmission. Despite that, it is fuel efficient, but it will remind you of your low budget every time you climb in.
As accessories get added, even the prices of these cars quickly climb from one price range to the next. Out of all, the Spark is a consumer favorite for its style, features, and overall fuel economy. Despite its low horsepower, it remains one of the top cars in the price range.