The Official Top 10 Cheap Cars Report
Our editors have selected the top 10 cheap cars from consumer reviews and information. Below is our official listing of the top 10 cheap cars. To search for cars for sale in your area, click the cars for sale link above.
The Accent is Hyundai's entry-level passenger car that was introduced in 1995 replacing the Excel, which was the first Hyundai imported to the U.S. in 1986. The second-generation Accent debuted for 2000 and received exterior updates for 2003. The third-generation Accent debuted as a 4-door sedan for the 2006 model year. The three-door GS and SE joined the lineup for 2007.
The Discovery is Land Rover's midsize SUV and the most traditional vehicle sold by Land Rover in North America with a ladder frame, live axles, and an aluminum V8 engine. The current Discovery Series II was introduced for the 1999 model year.
The Focus is Ford's compact car that is redesigned for 2012. The Focus was first introduced in 1998 in Europe and came to the U.S. for the 2000 model year. Previous versions of the Focus have received design and performance changes tailored for the U.S. market. The 2012 Focus will be sold in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan versions, and under the One Ford initiative, the Focus sold in the U.S. will be the same as the Focus sold in Europe and other world markets.
The Cobalt is Chevrolet's compact sedan and coupe that debuted in 2005, replacing the Cavalier in the Chevrolet lineup for the 2006 model year. The Cobalt is designed to compete with the leaders in the compact segment with a high level of standard equipment and a driving experience with a high level of refinement, quality, and performance. It also competes with the most fuel efficient vehicles, lead by the Cobalt XFE that is rated at 37 mpg highway. The OnStar advanced communication system comes standard on the Chevrolet Cobalt.
The Rio is Kia's entry-level sedan that was redesigned for the 2006 model year and received exterior detail updates for 2010. The Rio is one of the lowest priced sedans sold in America, but Kia strives to offer a full-feature vehicle with a stylish appearance. Kia first entered the U.S. market in 1994 with the Sephia, however, the first Kia sold in the U.S. was actually the Ford Festiva, which Kia built for Ford from 1987 to 1992.
The S40 is Volvo's premium small sedan. The second generation S40 arrived in spring of 2004 as a mid-year model change with Volvo's Intelligent Vehicle Architecture that integrates crashworthiness, design, and driving characteristics. The S40 was first sold in the U.S. for 2000 after being sold in Europe since 1995. Redesigned for 2008, the S40 received updates to the exterior inspired by the flagship S80. For the interior, the center console, armrest and handbrake were redesigned for more storage space. New safety features were added and the T5 received a power increase to 227 horsepower.
The Audi A3 is Audi's compact hatchback that was a new addition to the Audi lineup for 2006. Audi describes the A3 as the first four-door car with the sportiness of the TT Coupe. Delivering sporty driving dynamics in a premium compact package, the Audi A3 is designed to accommodate an active lifestyle while delivering the quality of a luxury sedan. Audi emphasizes that the A3 is not a wagon, but is designed more like a coupe that sits low to the road with a gentle sloping roofline and a short rear overhang. The Audi A3 incorporates the now trademark Audi single frame grille.
The Jeep Wrangler continues to offer exceptional off-road capability, and is a modern interpretation of the original Jeep CJ. When the 1997 Wrangler was unveiled at the Detroit and L.A. auto shows in January 1996, it was obvious that the new model had remained faithful to the distinctive styling of the original Jeep—a boxy, utilitarian shape that has been Jeep's signature for over 50 years. Jeep purists were also pleased by the Wrangler's return to Jeep's traditional round headlights. The 2007 Jeep Wrangler made its debut at the 2006 NAIAS in Detroit featuring an all-new frame, exterior and interior design and an upgraded engine. With more ground clearance, 100 percent stiffer frame, 50 percent stiffer body and a five-link coil suspension, the Wrangler has new sound-deadening techniques to reduce cabin noise by more than 20 percent. For the first time, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited was added for 2004 with seating for five adults and almost three times the cargo space of the standard Wrangler behind the rear seat.
The Forte is Kia's new compact sedan with a sporty new design that incorporates Kia's new design direction, including a trapezoidal mesh grille, swept-back headlights and a prominent beltline that rises from front to rear. Slightly larger than the Spectra it replaces, the Forte places a greater emphasis on styling with a blend of comfort and convenience that delivers the value expected from Kia. Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, ABS, four-wheel disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and tire-pressure monitoring system.
The Corolla is Toyota's compact sedan and the tenth generation debuted for the 2009 model year. Originally launched in Japan in 1966, the Corolla arrived in the U.S. in the fall of 1968 as a 1969 model and during the first 40 years more than 30 million Corollas have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best selling cars of all time.