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The 10 Cheapest New Cars of 2017
Of all the many considerations facing buyers of a new car, few, if any, are more important than price. But for folks on a tight budget, is it possible to get a cheap car that is also a good car? You bet. With cars as with clothes, there’s always some good stuff in the bargain basket, although sometimes you need to go digging. So we’ve compiled the 10 cheapest cars of 2017 and done some of the digging for you so you know which ones to throw over your shoulder and take to the fitting rooms—and which ones you can toss back in the bin.
The Sonic sedan, one of two Chevy entries on this list (the other is the Spark), makes a strong showing—not only because of its handsomely refreshed fascias but also for its long list of amenities. Like the Spark, the Sonic boasts 10 airbags, a rearview camera, and OnStar. Unlike the Spark, it’s pretty roomy inside, and standard equipment includes air conditioning, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, a driver information display in the gauge cluster, keyless entry, variable intermittent wipers, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. A sporty hatchback model is also available, and although it’ll cost you another couple grand, all 2017 Sonic hatchbacks receive RS body modifications for a snazzy look.
You might be surprised that the $15,990 Fiat 500 is the ninth-cheapest car on this list, but only one, the eensy Smart Fortwo, is smaller. Well, despite its size, it has a decent level of standard equipment, including cloth seats, a driver’s knee airbag, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, and keyless entry. With lots of plastics, the 500 still feels about as cheap as it is, at least from a material-quality standpoint, but despite its meager 101-hp four-cylinder, the 500 is rather fun to drive, with excellent steering, planted handling, and four-wheel disc brakes. Also, unlike the Smart Fortwo, the 500 has several usable interior storage spaces, including first-row underseat storage. Just don’t try to put anyone in back; the rear seats are utterly useless.
The Hyundai Accent is the Kia Rio’s proverbial brother from another mother, and as such is a stylish and honest offering in a group of cars that pretend to be more but aren’t. For $15,580, the Accent sedan comes with a 137-hp four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic available for $1000 more. For $15,830, a five-door hatchback is available with the same transmission choices, but for some reason the automatic costs $1,200 in that car rather than a grand. No one said cheap cars made . . . cents. Ha! (Sorry.) But seriously, folks, we like the Accent here, surprisingly upscale as it is and blessed with that excellent warranty for which Hyundai has become famous.
Other than its name, its ability to park in half a spot, and its amazing (seriously, amazing) 22.8-foot turning circle, there’s not much we’d consider smart about buying a Smart. The little mid-mounted three-cylinder engine suffers from horrendous turbo lag, and even at full steam, it only produces 89 hp, which isn’t much fun with the five-speed manual but is even less so with the optional dual-clutch automatic. Neither gets terribly good fuel economy, either, at least compared with so many econocars that are topping 40 mpg these days. This is the only car on this list that only seats two, and it has one of the smallest cargo holds of the lot when you consider that you can’t fold any seats down to increase available space. The Smart is, however, the only car here that is also offered as a cabriolet or an electric car (or both), but those cost considerably more.