Surprising Cars For Under $15,000

Author: Danielle Purnell

Surprising cars for under $15,000

Finding the right car on a budget can be tough, but there are a number of great choices when it comes to affordable new vehicles.

The Nissan Versa Sedan has the distinction of being the cheapest car for sale in America. Priced at $10,990, the sedan is a no-frills-stripped-down vehicle with solid fuel economy. If you want some additional features, like AM/FM radio and air conditioning, there is the Versa hatchback, which starts at $14,380.

Kia has produced a 5-door Rio that is all new for 2012. At a price of $12,295, the Rio 4-door sedan  is the second cheapest car on the market, but the new 5-door gives you a best in class, 30-40 mpg for just $13,600.

The Hyundai Accent offers a choice of inexpensive cars. You can have the base model with no air conditioning or power options for just $12,445 or some of the more comfort laden packages added for a reasonable $14,195. Either way, the stylish car boasts a 138-hp fuel-efficient engine.

Everything about the Smart Fortwo Pure is small, including its price. The starting price of $12,490 covers the car's unique style more than anything else. The base model doesn't include air conditioning or a radio, and the engine itself is tiny, producing a miniscule 70 horsepower.

The sedan version of the Ford Fiesta has a starting price of $13,200, and features a modest engine that gets 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The five-speed manual Fiesta also comes in a hatchback model that starts at around $15,500.

In Brief

  • Finding the right car on a budget can be tough, but there are a number of great choices when it comes to affordable new vehicles.
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