The average price of a new vehicle in the United States has increased for several years. It’s now more than $31,000. But quality new cheap cars are readily available, too.
Pushed by competition in the automotive industry, improved safety and technology innovation, there’s and abundance of new cars available for, most for about half the price of the average new car price.
Personal preferences vary, of course. And recently a list compiled by Car and Driver details the diversity of the country’s 10 cheapest 2017 new cars.
Here’s the list, cheapest to the most expensive among the cheapest. The prices listed are for base trims.
1. Nissan Versa S, $12,855
2. Mitsubishi Mirage ES, $13,830
3. Chevrolet Spark, $13,875
4. Ford Fiesta S, $15,005
5. Kia Rio, $15,015
6. Nissan Versa Note, $15,095
7. Smart ForTwo, $15,400
8. Hyundai Accent SE, $15,580
9. Fiat 500 Pop, $15,990
10. Chevrolet Sonic LS, $16,020
Article Last Updated: September 8, 2021.
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