Well, if you are reading this article, chances are that you must be itching on getting your new car. Well, we have compiled a list of the best least-expensive cars that won't burn a hole in your pocket but also will be good purchases.
So without any further delays, let’s begin with the list.
This entry-level sedan offering from the Korean Automaker is one of the roomiest and longest cars in the sub $20k price bracket. It features good quality interiors with features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto across all trim levels.
Under the hood of this Korean sedan, you get a 147-hp inline-4 that is offered with a choice of either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. This engine and gearbox combo might not be the sportiest but it is perfect for the city and is capable of returning up to 41 mpg.
Price - $18,715 onwards
The Fit is one of the best selling names in not just Honda’s lineup but also amongst the vast variety of hatchbacks on sale in the US. This unique cross between a hatchback and an MPV promises to offer the best of both worlds, with class-leading interior space and lots of practical storage spaces. The car is offered with a 6-speed manual as standard but a CVT is available as an $800 option. The base variant is pretty sparsely equipped but as you move up the trim ladder, features like Apple Car Play and Android auto are available and in terms of safety equipment the Fit can be had with features like Automatic emergence braking and cruise control.
Price - $17,120 onwards
The Chevy Cruze is one of the most feature-rich and reliable cars in this segment. This compact sedan can seat 5 in relative comfort and offers a generously sized 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space. It is a very safe car too as it managed a full five stars in a front end collision its NHTSA testing and comes with features like Teen Driver Assist that allows you to set speed limits and allows you to track the whereabouts of the car. In the features department, the Cruise is equipped with 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Price- $17,995 onwards
The Sentra is Nissan’s affordable sedan that promises to offer a balance of comfort and style in a practical and usable form factor. The Cabin is nice and roomy and offers plenty of head and legroom. The trunk too is nice and roomy with 17-cubic feet of storage space on offer. The interiors of the Sentra are pretty basic but they get the job done and everything feels well put together. The infotainment is a 7-inch unit that is easy to use and gets Bluetooth telephony, USB audio, and even a reverse parking camera but it misses out on Apple car play and Andriod auto but acceptable at this price point.
Price - $17,890 onwards
Available as both a sedan and a hatchback, the Sonic is for those who are looking for something a little more practical and powerful than the Chevy Spark. The interiors though a little dated, offer good fit and finish and everything is easy to use and falls right at hand. Under the hood is a turbocharged inline-4 motor that puts out 138 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed auto box making it a lot more suitable for those motorway runs when compared to the Spark. The Sonic also gets decent 7-inch infotainment with Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto in terms of equipment however the base variant is sparsely equipped. The Sonic is one of the oldest cars in the current Chevy and a much-needed update is due.
Price - $17,595 onwards
The Rio is Kia’s entry-level offering for the US market and gets marginal but noteworthy updates for the 2020 model year. The first major update is a new engine and transmission combo which is a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated inline-4 unit mated to a new CVT gearbox which is good for 120 hp, though the power is down from the previous model, it promises to be a lot more frugal than its previous generation. It also gets the same tried and tested 8-inch infotainment setup equipped with Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto. The cabin is quiet accommodating however the rear seats do not offer the best knee room and even the boot space isn’t on par when compared to its arch rivals like the Honda Fit.
Price - $16,675 onwards
This entry-level compact sedan from the Korean shores is probably the most amount of car you can get for your money. The Accent is loaded with class-leading features and offers roomy interiors making it a perfect daily driver for those urban commuters. It is powered by the same 1.6-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 as seen in the Rio and this engine is capable of returning up to 41 mpg when driven wisely on highways. Hyundai also offers a 5-year/60,00 mile basic warranty which is best in class and makes it all the more tempting when compared to the competition. In terms of feature, if you opt for anything above the base model you are going to be greeted by 8-inch infotainment with apple car play and android auto and features like a backup camera and parking sensors are also available.
Price - $15,925 onwards
This compact Toyota is available in both a hatchback and a sedan body style. It’s light on its feet which makes it perfect for navigating through tight city spaces. It also offers great gas mileage, but at 105hp, it isn’t the most powerful in its class. The Yaris, however, makes up for it with its excellent NHTSA rating as it received an overall 5 out 5 safety rating during testing. The Yaris is also well equipped in terms of features as it gets 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto and it also gets cutting edge safety features like auto emergency braking and forward-collision warning which explains its excellent NHTSA ratings.
All-in-all the Yaris is a sensible car with lots to offer at a stellar price point.
Price - $15,750
This entry-level offering from Mitsubishi is the very definition of a budget car. The Mirage is a compact 4-door hatchback that received an update for the 2020 model year but the price continues to be the same as last year. The mirage is offered with a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder unit which puts out a measly 78 horsepower, though this might not make it suitable for highway commute, it is more than adequate for city duties. This engine is mated to a manual gearbox but a CVT is optional. With the manual gearbox, the Mirage is capable of delivering up to 43 mpg out on the highway which makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on sale in the country. The cabin, however, is sparsely equipped and it looks and feels very much like an economy car.
Price - $14,990 onwards
The smallest car in Chevy’s lineup and the cheapest new car on sale in this list and most likely in the country, the Spark is the perfect hatchback that offers a lot of features and appeals at a staggering price point. Chevy has identified its customer base pretty well hance they offer the Spark as a feature-rich hatchback hence they have included that 7-inch infotainment with Apple Car Play and Android auto across the board. The Spark is powered by a 1.4 liter naturally aspirated inline-4 unit that is good for 98 horsepower which is just about better than the Mirage but it does feel out of breath on highways. But just like many other cars on this list, the Spark is best suited for City commute and with an optional CVT transmission at its disposal, it is a trouble-free city slicker by all means. The engine is also frugal and manages to return up to 38 mpg when driven sensibly.
Price - $14,095