10 Most Affordable New Cars

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10 Most Affordable New Cars

While it's important to get a fair deal on a new car, if you really want to get the least expensive new car you have to look beyond purchase price. Our 5-Year Cost to Own figures combine depreciation with fuel, financing and insurance costs to help you make a more informed decision when choosing an affordable new car.

Here are the 10 most affordable new cars of 2019, based on a full buy-drive-sell ownership cycle.

Thanks to its overall size and boxy design, the Kia Soul gives you the largest interior volume of any of the vehicles on this list, creating the most room for people and gear. The Soul also offers high-tech safety, easy connectivity, and enviable 5-Year Cost to Own numbers. Read more

Nissan's Versa Note is among the subcompact segment’s roomiest, most flexible entries. Already lauded for being one of the most affordable cars in its class, this hatchback also nets fuel economy of 39 mpg on the highway. Read more

The Ford Fiesta appeals to subcompact sedan and hatchback shoppers with a sporty ride, great looks, and excellent fuel economy. That it's in its last year means the potential for an even better deal. Read more

Previously known as the Yaris iA, the Toyota Yaris sedan is a subcompact car that's capable of challenging the sportier Ford Fiesta, quirky Chevy Sonic and value-packed Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. Read more

Just because you're on a tight budget doesn't mean you have to settle. If you choose Kia’s Rio sedan or Rio 5-door, you'll get a great-looking little car that performs well, gets great gas mileage and offers an extreme amount of value. Read more

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage's strong suits are an affordable price and an excellent warranty. Beyond that, Mitsubishi's subcompact car struggles in most areas relative to the competition. Read more


At a starting price of just over $13,000 including destination charges, the basic Versa S still comes with air conditioning, touch-screen interface, and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. It also offers low cost of ownership, excellent fuel economy, and a surprisingly spacious rear seat. Even when you load it up you'll have trouble breaking the $19,000 mark. Read more

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark's 98 horsepower won't set any speed records, but this minicar is fairly peppy especially when compared to other sub-100-horsepower cars. The Spark has a relatively long wheelbase, which contributes to its stability and smooth ride, as well as nimble handling. Younger buyers will appreciate the high tech and updated styling, while mom and dad will like the Spark’s advanced safety features. Read more

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Last year's redesign added upscale tech and fresh styling to Hyundai's fuel-efficient subcompact sedan. As an added bonus, the value-minded Accent also comes with a fantastic warranty. Read more

The Honda Fit can be an ideal car for a college student who is just starting off, an empty-nester looking to downsize, or anyone who wants an inexpensive new car with all of today's connectivity. For 2019, the Fit also comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety technologies. This subcompact Honda offers excellent front- and rear-seat room, combined with great cargo utility and a fun-to-drive character. Read more


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