Kelley Blue Book recently listed the ten most affordable cars. Although many have low sticker prices, their considered most affordable because of their resale values, fuel economy and costs to insure.
2014 Hyundai Accent
Price: $14,645 – $16,395
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
The Hyundai Accent is a practical buy because it combines a low starting price with great fuel economy and a comfortable interior. The Accent is available in several trims: GS or SE on the hatchback and GLS on the four-door sedan. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
2014 Toyota Prius c
Price: $19,080 – $23,360
Fuel Economy: 53 mpg City, 46 mpg Highway
The Toyota Prius c has a higher price than most of the other cars on this list, but it makes up for it with fuel savings and reliability.The Prius c is available in four trim levels: Prius c One, Prius c Two, Prius c Three and Prius c Four. All trim levels employ Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, a hybrid technology that unites a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine with a powerful electric drive motor to generate 99 combined horsepower.
2014 Toyota Corolla
Price: $16,800 – $21,300
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
The Toyota Corolla is one of the most popular small sedans on the market. People love it for its reliability, fuel economy and low starting price. The Corolla is available in four trims: L, LE, S, and new LE ECO. The powertrain for the L, LE, and S trims is a 132 horsepower, 1.8-liter dual VVT-I engine, matched with a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or new continuously variable transmission (CVTi-S). The LE ECO includes a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic, combined with the CVTi-S transmission.
2014 Scion xD
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway
The boxy Scion xD boasts a big cargo area, funky looks and good fuel economy for under $15,000.The xD is powered by a 128-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with either a standard five-speed manual or an available four-speed automatic transmission. Every xD is equipped with 16-inch wheels, air conditioning and cruise control, as well as power windows, exterior mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry. The rear seats are split 60/40, and can be folded down flat for increased cargo carrying capacity; they can also be reclined up to ten degrees, as well as moved fore or aft up to six inches for increased leg room.
2014 Ford Fiesta
Price: $14,100 – $21,400
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The Ford Fiesta is an attractive, economical and fun to drive little sedan or hatchback.The Fiesta is offered in three trims, S, SE, and a Titanium model. For 2014 there is the addition of the new ST trim to the hatchback lineup. Power comes from a 120-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An advanced six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. The ST gets a turbocharged, direct-injected version of the 1.6-liter that offers nearly 200-hp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
2014 Nissan Versa
Price: $11,990 – $16,890
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The Nissan Versa is among the lowest-priced cars on the market right now. The Versa sedan is powered by a 109-hp 1.6-liter four cylinder engine that can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
2014 Toyota Yaris
Price: $14,430 – $16,540
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
The Yaris is yet another car from Toyota that made the Kelly blue book list. It’s not the most engaging thing to drive, but it’s spacious and reliable. The subcompact front-wheel drive Yaris is available as a three-door or five-door hatchback. The Yaris is powered by a 106 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic.
2014 Scion iQ
Price: $15,665 – $17,850
Fuel Economy: 36 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
The Scion iQ is a great car if you live in an urban area, as it can park almost anywhere, zip in and out of traffic and gets great fuel economy.
The iQ is powered by an efficient 94-hp 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Every iQ is equipped with 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, a leather shift knob and steering wheel and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, as well as power windows, exterior mirrors and door locks with keyless entry. The standard Pioneer sound system features HD Radio technology, 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, MP3 capability and a USB port, along with a regular auxiliary jack for various types of portable music devices.
2014 Chevrolet Spark
Sticker Price: $12,170 – $16,385
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg City, 39 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Spark is a cute, capable and practical small hatchback. The front-wheel drive Spark is offered in LS, 1LT, and 2LT trim levels. Power comes from an 85-hp 1.2-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Notable features offered include: MyLink infotainment system, heated front seats, air conditioning, power windows, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar, cruise control, and leather wrapped steering wheel.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
Price: $26,685 – $27,010
Fuel Economy: NA
The Chevrolet Spark EV is the only electric car offered by General Motors. It can travel about 82 miles on a full charge.The front-wheel drive Spark EV is offered in 1LT, and 2LT trim levels. The power comes from a 100kW electric motor and 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Standard features include: MyLink infotainment system, heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, power windows, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar and cruise control.