Cheap and Cheerful: The Top 10 Most Affordable 2013 New Cars

10 brand new cars--with new-car warranties--costing less than $15,000

By Rss | January 31, 2013
    • There are many cheap cars out there that will have you pulling your hair out after a short drive. We wanted to find the top ten most affordable, reliable, and fun-to-drive cars to fit even the smallest of budgets. Many of the cars listed below are geared toward the younger buyers, with creative design options and low payment plans, but have features that will attract all buyers. Large cargo room, comfortable steering positions for taller individuals, and great standard features are just a few of the qualities that make these cars more attractive. Small cars are a great option for those who are looking to get the most out of their fuel economy. With average fuel economy of 29 city and 36 on the highway, these cars help you save money while requiring fewer fill-ups each month at the pump. These cars are geared to be city-friendly, letting you navigate around tight streets and quick turns. Any of the cars listed below are great choices for new drivers, and since they're loaded with safety features, you can feel at ease letting your teen drive them. Below is our list of the top ten cars with a base price under $15,000 that we feel won't make you crazy.
    • 2013 Chevrolet Spark

      The 2013 Chevy Spark, with a base price of $12,185, is a small car with a big personality. With its five doors, automatic or manual transmission, and Chevrolet MyLink, the Chevy Spark is great for the city. With an EPA estimated 28/37 mpg...show more

      • Price including destination charges for manual transmission - $12,995
      • Price including destination charges for automatic transmission - $15,595
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      2013 Chevrolet Sonic

      If you're looking for a slightly bigger vehicle, the 2013 Chevy Sonic is a great choice at $14,185 for the base model price. Recently named one of Ward's Top 10 Interiors, the Sonic gives you a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with graphite silver accents, and a dual cockpit interior. Loaded with extra space, with...show more

      • Price including destination charges for manual sedan - $14,995
      • Price including destination charges for manual hatchback - $15,595
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      2013 Ford Fiesta

      Coming in two different body styles, the 2013 Ford Fiesta has a base price of $13,200 for the sedan and $14,200 for the hatchback models. Both versions boast integrated blind-spot power mirrors, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler features, and AdvanceTrac electronic stability control. The Fiesta raises the bar in safety by...show more

      • Price including destination charges for five-speed manual sedan - $13,995
      • Price including destination charges for six-speed automatic sedan - $15,090
      • Price including destination charges for five-speed manual hatchback - $14,995
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      2013 Hyundai Accent GLS

      The 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS is making a name for itself. It has a base price of $14,545 and EPA estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway. With the added Active ECO System, engine and transmission control are modified to help increase fuel economy by seven percent. New to 2013 is the manual transmission and standard heated outside...show more

      • Price including destination charges for manual sedan - $15,340
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      2013 Kia Rio

      With a base price of $13,600, the 2013 Kia Rio LX comes in four models that meet this article's qualifications: four door manual, four door automatic, five door hatchback manual LX, five door hatchback automatic LX. The Rio has a well-designed blend of plastics and soft-touch surfaces, making the simple but tasteful cabin...show more

      • Price including destination charges for manual sedan - $14,350
      • Price including destination charges for automatic sedan - $15,450
      • Price including destination charges for manual hatchback - $14,550
      • Price including destination charges for automatic hatchback - $15,650
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      2013 Kia Soul

      The 2013 Kia Soul is another great option for a compact car that comes with a base price of $14,440. With a new grille finished in dark chrome and better-quality leather for steering wheels, the 2013 Soul also now has a standard Bluetooth wireless cell...show more

      • Price including destination charges for manual wagon - $15,175
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      2013 Mazda2

      What sets the 2013 Mazda2 Sport apart from the competition--aside from the many international awards it received in 2011--is that not only is it inexpensive to own, it's fun to drive. It keeps with the pack in terms of fuel economy with an EPA estimated...show more

      • Price including destination charges for 5-speed manual - $15,515
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      2013 Nissan Versa

      After a redesign in 2012, the 2013 Nissan Versa has seen only minor changes, the main being the addition of the manual transmission. It has a base price of $11,990, which is $2,680 less than the 2012 hatchback edition. With precise steering, little tire squeal, and good braking control, the 2013 Versa is a fun drive,...show more

      • Price including destination charges for 1.6 S 5-speed manual - $12,780
      • Price including destination charges for 1.6 S 4-speed automatic - $13,780
      • Price including destination charges for 1.6 S Plus automatic - $14,580
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      2013 Smart Fortwo

      Seeing these cars on the road makes the majority of people laugh at how unsafe the car must be. However, with its patented "tridion" safety cell, inspired by racecar roll cages, Smart posts surprisingly good crash test scores. With a base price for the Pure coupe at $12,490, and the Passion coupe starting at $14,890, the...show more

      • Price including destination charges for Pure coupe - $13,240
      • Price including destination charges for Passion coupe - $15,640
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      2013 Toyota Yaris

      The 2013 Toyota Yaris starts at $14,370, with only a few standard features, like a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link. It has one of the highest EPA estimates in its class at 30/37 mpg city/highway. The Yaris is fairly nimble and maneuverable thanks to its small size. Not only does it have plenty of head and leg room for...show more

      • Price including destination charges for three door five-speed manual - $15,165
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    1 comments
    Luis Calderón
    Luis Calderón

    I'd definitely get a Sonic, but I can't really get an RS model for under 15K. -.-