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The Least Expensive Cars In America

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I read a story today about Nissan bringing back the old Datsun name (I had one of those!) in the form of a $3,000 car for developing countries.  I was a bit jealous.  I need a car for my son who is just starting out in  college and a cheap car that just got him from point A to B would be wonderful.  So, I decided to do some research and see how inexpensive of a car that can be bought in the U.S.

I didn't set out to find five or ten or any particular number but just a list of cars that most folks would agree are pretty inexpensive.  If it's on this list it is for sale today and not a planned car. I did draw the line at $15,000 so none of these cars exceed that price though they might go over if destination charges need to be added.

Sometimes you just need basic transportation and these cars do that and more.  I grabbed all of the images from Google and tried hard to ensure that it is a photo of the actual car for sale.  I have included a review for each car and used a variety of sites for the reviews just to keep it interesting.  Here's the list

Nissan Versa 1.6 S: $11,750
(including destination charge)

Hyundai Accent GLS: $13,205

Smart Fortwo Pure: $13,240

Ford Fiesta S: $13,995

Kia Rio LX: $14,150

Suzuki SX4 Base: $14,464

Chevrolet Sonic LS: $14,495

Kia Soul Base: $14,650

Toyota Yaris L 3-door: $14,875

erick99 posted Oct 02, 2012

Good list. Though my suggestion for someone looking for a cheap(er) car is to buy a one or two year old car (or older). You can get great deals on cars that came out of leases and most are still under the factory warranty. If needed, you can get financing through your bank too.

bbattag (rep: 7k) posted Oct 02, 2012


Actually, we are going to one of the car auctions in southern PA in a few weeks with about $1000. My brother-in-law is very handy with cars and we will find something that would probably sell for 4K or more at a used car lot. I'd like the Nissan Versa, though. That seems like a lot of car for the money.

erick99 (rep: 433k) posted Oct 02, 2012


that's right the nissan versa is a great car for the money i will avoid the smart for two just because its very small

rd995 (rep: 151k) posted Oct 03, 2012


lol The Smart Fortwo Pure: $13,240 , just looks like a shoe :)

Dexterous (rep: 102k) posted Oct 03, 2012


I like Nissan and Hyundai. I do not like cars that have only 2 doors.

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted Oct 05, 2012