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Cars.com says the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES is the cheapest car (Photo: Mitsubishi Wieck)
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A few years ago, there were still a couple of car models that had starting prices below $10,000. Not now. Finding the cheapest new car can be a tougher hunt.
But with the average prices of cars continuing to climb, it’s worth taking a look at the cheapest new cars available out there. And it a timely question, since just this week Toyota launched a newly redesigned version of its cheapo entry, the Yaris. Its starting price will be $15,670, including shipping.
To figure out what’s available, Cars.com compiled a list of the most inexpensive cars currently for sale, including destination charge.
And the winner of the cheapest car contest is the Mitsubishi Mirage, a car so basic that The New York Times published a devastating review that said it “lowers expectations, strangles them and buries their remains in a deep unmarked grave. If this car wasn’t disappointing, it wouldn’t be anything at all.” Thankfully, there are a few other models within a couple of thousand dollars of it.
Cars.com says operating costs need to be factored in, and Mirage still wins on that basis. In compiling its lists of cheapest cars, Cars.com insisted that each of them have power windows and door locks, which are often standard these days, as well as Bluetooth capability and USB ports. Prices include the Bluetooth option on the Mitsubishi and Mazda2.
Here’s the list:
1. 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE — $15,115
2. 2014 Chevrolet Spark 1LT — $15,820
3. 2014 Nissan Versa SV — $16,340
4. 2014 Scion IQ — $16,420
5. 2014 Mazda2 Sport — $16,630
6. Toyota Yaris LE — $16,825
7. 2015 Honda Fit LX — $17,115
8. 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV — $17,340