Best cheap sedans aren’t difficult to find, if you look carefully. Of course, it depends what you really mean by cheap. If it’s the least expensive car you can buy, you’ll be limited to compact or subcompact sedans without a lot of frills. Forget about midsize or larger for now. Still, there are some very stylish choices available in the used car market, some with a few decent amenities.
Our top picks for Best Cheap Sedans include the least expensive ones on the market, as well as some others to consider that cost just a bit more. As always, we’ve included comments from the automotive experts. All three appear on AOL Autos “Ten Cheap Sedans Under $15,000” and AOL Autos “Cheap Family Sedans.”
- – U.S. News and World Report calls Hyundai Accent “a good choice for those looking for value in an inexpensive car.” Plusses include a well-designed (though Spartan) interior, decent cargo space and impressive fuel economy (EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway) from its 110-hp 1.6-liter engine. Negatives include sluggish acceleration, harsh ride on rough surfaces, low scores on side-impact crash tests. Edmunds comments that “the enjoyable and value-packed 2009 Hyundai Accent proves that an entry-level economy car needn’t be a penalty box.” Kelley Blue Book hails Accent’s “value, which includes numerous safety features, a long warranty and unusual availability of accessories.”
- Nissan Versa – Consumer Guide names Nissan Versa a Best Buy, saying Versa is “priced like a subcompact, but its blend of room, comfort and refinement are an easy match for any number of more expensive compact cars.” New Car Test Drive opines, “Versa is a big small car with comfort, performance and versatility.” U.S. News and World Report says “Considering that it is one of the least expensive cars in its class, the Nissan Versa is a good choice for its spacious cabin and excellent handling dynamics,” although it has “sluggish acceleration” and short list of standard features. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2009 Versa is 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway.
- – Mechanical twin to the Hyundai Accent (Hyundai is Kia’s parent company), the Kia Rio delivers “more for less,” says Automobile, whose editors go on to say it is “well-priced, well-equipped and complete with a solid warranty.” EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2009 Kia Rio is 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway (automatic). U.S. News and World Report named the 2009 Kia Rio a top pick in the subcompact category in the 2009 U.S. News Best Car for the Money, editors say “Rio is a competent affordable small car with plenty of safety features and an appealing powertrain warranty, but it doesn’t have the amenities, utility or comfort that others in its class provide.”