Having a flash and swanky car may be nice - but sadly, we know all too well that the realities of budgets and bills don’t permit the majority of us to buy the cars we lust after. Thankfully, there are a range of practicable reliable and inexpensive cars out there that will get you from A to B.
Nissan Versa Sedan
The base prices for the new Nissan Versa Sedan start at $12,000 and the 2018 model features several upgrades that don’t really come at any great expense. The Versa features an improved cabin and many popular amenities that will help get you to where you need to go in style and comfort and an affordable price.
Similar to the previous model on the outside, the new Versa is completely different on the inside, with an updated interior that features USB ports, a 12-volt outlet and a redesigned, more convenient cup holder. These tweaks are by no means revolutionary, but the Versa is certainly an attractive option at this price point.
In terms of performance, no changes have been made to its powertrain range, and the only available engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower. The Versa will gift you around 31 miles per gallon on urban streets and 39 mph on the highway. If you’re looking for a new yet inexpensive car, then the Nissan Versa is a viable option.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES
Another automaker which pride itself with its cheapest model car is Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES certainly offers a lot of bang for your buck - and, at $15,000, it’s one of the least expensive new cars out there. Offering standard features such as a rear view camera to help with reverse and parallel parking, Bluetooth capability, a help touchscreen display and a range of USB ports, there are certainly no compromises to be made here. Not only will this Mitsubishi Mirage get you where you need to be, it can also get four passengers and a lot of luggage or groceries where they need to be, too.
Whilst this may be inexpensive, that doesn’t mean you want to skirt on protection - and you’re in good hands here, as Mitsubishi is one automaker which offers one of the best warranties in the industry, even with its cheapest model car. With your new purchase, you shall receive a five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty as well as a decade-long 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. With horsepower of 78, it’s considerably lower than the Nissan Versa, but that means amazing fuel efficiency averaging a staggering 40 mpg on the highway. And, regardless of engine size, it will get you from A to B.
Chevrolet Spark LS
If you’re not looking to buy brand new and would rather buy second-hand, you’re still able to get your hands on some brilliant models. Inexpensive cars are hard to come by nowadays, but there’s some fantastic second-hand cars out there if you know where to look. Car dealerships and online auction sites are full of them, you just need to make sure everything is legitimate. One second-hand car that is going to cost you less than $10,000 is the Chevrolet Spark LS 2015 model. This car will get you where you need to go in style and for a fraction of the cost.
The Spark turns with more body than you would usually expect with little cars and it’s fair to say it performs much better in an urban environment where it’s animated enough to keep up with the cut and thrust. With a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder engine and 84 horsepower, it’s not too dissimilar from the Mirage in terms of performance, you’re looking at 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. It’s by no means a luxury - but, as a large city car, it’s incredibly spacious inside and has an AUX cable and Bluetooth, so you’re all set for in-car entertainment for your passengers.
You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune on a car and plenty of automakers are famed for their cheapest models of cars. If you’re simply looking for something to transport you where you must go, you’re not short of options.