The average transaction price for new cars in the United States in 2018 wobbled around the $35,000 mark. Sure, the economy's doing well for now, but that would still not be enough scratch to afford a bottom-level luxury car, and maybe people don't feel like spending big on their next car purchase. So for those who are seeking new cheap wheels with a warranty—they are on their own in the used-car market— for that lot, we have rounded up the some of the most affordable cars that they could buy in 2019 and arranged them in order of most to least expensive.
All of these vehicles are around half as expensive as the average new car in America, and fret not, wheels, seats, and engines are included. We've also assembled a list of the best affordable SUV cars based on a formula that weighs base price, and fuel and insurance costs for the first three years of ownership. The list goes on as:
It is the first in the lot of most affordable cars, it is more than just a hatchback version of the Versa sedan. Nissan has given the Note its own exterior and interior styling, both of which are slightly above the Versa sedan's interior and exterior. The Note does share its 109-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with the Versa sedan, but unlike the sedan, people would not have a manual transmission. Even the base Note S includes a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Despite being the priciest car in the most affordable cars roundup, it doesn't include much else. Meagerly equipped, not as fuel efficient as one might think, and not that great to drive, it is not particularly worth its higher price.
The Chevy Sonic is the most powerful car on this list of most affordable cars, kudos to its relatively large 1.8-liter inline four, which produces 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. In the base Sonic LS sedan the engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic transmission is also available for an extra $1300. Sadly, Chevrolet is only offering the Sonic hatchback in fancier trims, meaning that the least expensive hatch starts at $18,895 in LT guise. At least the base LS sedan has LED running lights and power door locks, plus a 7.0-inch touchscreen with a built-in 4G LTE data connection, Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. With all these features this car becomes more attractive than the usual.
Buyers should not mind the Hyundai Accent's sub-$16,000 MSRP. This is not a trash. All new for 2018, the Accent is available only as a sedan, the car is a roomy and well-appointed one. The car delivers great fuel economy while pampering its riders with its long list of standard features, even in its least expensive SE variant. In fact, that base Accent might become favorites for the consumers, thanks to the attractive price and Hyundai's appropriate lineup's sole manual transmission option in it. The 2018 Accent SE with the manual reaches 60 mph in a time period of 7.5 seconds, which is way quicker than any other car on this list of most affordable cars.
This is a leap year for the Ford Fiesta, in that the organization is leaping into the gulf after 2019. Putting this in less difficult terms, Ford is discontinuing its smallest car by 2020. That is too bad, since the Fiesta remains a strong choice for driving enthusiasts shopping in this group of cars. The car offers decent handling, a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a willing 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine make for a fun drive. If buyers could afford an extra $1,530 for the Fiesta SE hatchback, we would suggest them do so. It looks a lot better than the sedan and comes with more convenient features to offer to its riders.
The hatchback version of Mitsubishi's Mirage G4 sedan costs $1,000 less, yet it received the same new standard equipment for 2019 as does its sibling automobile in the most affordable cars section. Riders could get excited for the same standard cruise control, silver interior stitching, and height-adjustable driver's seat. The Mirage hatch at least looks a little better than the G4 sedan.
Nissan's Versa sedan takes the top spot on our list of most affordable cars. The dated subcompact starts at only $13,255. A backup camera is newly standard on the lowest Versa S, as is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. The back seat and trunk are still class-above, at least size-wise, and unlike the Versa Note hatchback, the sedan comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission useful for cracking the notch on the weak 109-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The highlights pretty much end there, and the bare-bones Versa S still lacks even a center armrest between its front seats. The Nissan does not cost much, but, as the saying goes, people would get what they pay for.