What are the cheapest new cars you can buy? If you’re looking for inexpensive transportation, you might think there aren’t many choices for brand new vehicles. Here’s a look at nine of the cheapest 2017 cars available:
2017 Nissan Versa Sedan – The 2017 Nissan Versa S sedan is a bargain with a starting price of $11,990 ($12,825 with $835 destination charge). For that you get a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power mirrors, and a four-speaker stereo with steering-wheel audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity for the phone. You’ll have to contend with crank windows, manual door locks, no foldable rear seats, no center armrest and no height-adjustable driver’s seat. Other models with more features include the S Plus (starting price of $13,990, SV ($15,580), and SL (S17,140). An $835 destination charge applies to each, boosting the starting prices accordingly.
2017– A 5-door subcompact hatchback, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a fuel-efficient (43 mpg highway estimated fuel economy with CVT automatic, 41 mpg with manual) small car that’s easy on the budget. Starting price is $12,995 for the base ES (with 5-speed manual transmission) and $14,195 (ES with automatic). Standard features include keyless entry, hill start assist, power windows and door locks, rear spoiler, power side mirrors, split folding rear seat and more. Power comes from a 78-horsepower 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine.
2017 Chevrolet Spark LS – In the subcompact car category, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark LS shines with great maneuverability, solid acceleration, numerous smartphone connectivity choices, and a starting price of $13,000. Granted, you won’t find any soft-touch surfaces and high-end materials. The Spark’s interior is appealingly laid out and has roomy front seats. Cargo room is just 27.2 cubic feet with the rear seats down. Power comes from a 98 horsepower 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
2017– The lowest-priced vehicle in the Kia lineup is the 2017 Kia Rio sedan, with a starting price of $14,165 for the LX trim. Powered by a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, the subcompact Rio is matched with a 6-speed manual transmission (or optional six-speed automatic), making an estimated 36 mpg highway fuel economy. Standard features include power mirrors, solar control glass, variable intermittent windshield wipers, heated rear glass with timer, halogen headlights, AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM satellite audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, tilt steering column and more.
2017 Smart ForTwo Pure – The tiny 2017 Smart ForTwo Pure model is the lowest-priced and smallest vehicle in the cheapest new cars list. It’s not for everyone, but in crowded urban markets where parking spaces are at a premium, it could be a wise choice. Starting price for the Pure is $14,650. The minicar is powered by an 89-horsepower 3-cylinder turbocharged engine. It has eight airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS – Available as a sedan or hatchback, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic features an updated design with new hood, front fascia and LED front daytime running lamps. The starting price of $15,145 is also budget-friendly. Sonic LS with manual transmission standard features include 10 airbags (the most in the segment), rear vision camera, traction control and StabiliTrak, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, power door locks, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, hill start assist, Chevrolet MyLink, steering wheel audio and phone controls and more. Power comes from the 1.8-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.
2017– With a starting price of $15,250, the 2017 Toyota Yaris L 3-door hatchback is the Japanese automaker’s smallest and least-expensive vehicle. There’s also the 3-door LE ($16,910) and 5-door L, LE and SE ($16,375, $17,285 and $17,200, respectively). All Yaris models are powered by the 106-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The L has a 5-speed manual transmission while the other trims have a 4-speed automatic. In addition to lots of storage bins and cubbies, other standard Yaris features include 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Toyota’s Entune audio and nine airbags.
2017– With its versatile cargo space, roomy and comfortable interior, and great fuel economy, the 2017 Honda Fit subcompact car is also appealing for its low starting price of $15,990. This applies to the Fit LX. Two other trims are EX (starting at $17,900) and EX-L (starting at $20,265). All three Fit trims are powered by a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Standard on the LX are a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an extremely versatile rear “Magic Seat,” and a five-inch display screen. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg city/36 mpg highway (manual) and 33/40 mpg with continuously variable transmission (CVT), available as an option in LX and EX and standard on EX-L.
2017– A compact sedan, the 2017 Kia Forte offers the least-expensive model in LX trim, starting at $16,490. For that you get heated outside mirrors, solar control glass, variable intermittent windshield wipers, locking fuel-filler door, 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and hands-free phone controls, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power windows/door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Power comes from a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Other considerations for the cheapest 2017 new cars include the 2017S and 2017 SE.