How expensive a car is, is more determined by the amount of money and effort you’ll have to spend behind maintaining and updating it than how much it cost you to buy it. It’s often better to buy a slightly pricier car instead of a cheaper one if the former is more fuel-efficient and less frequently needed for repair.
No one car is the best car you could buy because different vehicles offer different commodities and come with various features. You’ll have to decide which car is the best for you based on what features you’d rather have in your vehicle. That said, here is a list of vehicles you can pick from when you’ve got a smaller budget.
2021 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is a European style subcompact sedan built out of relatively cheap components. Yet, it makes the best out of its design and is quite a comfortable, user-friendly ride. It runs on 120 horsepower. It’s got good suspension and comes with the standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. It also has wireless smartphone integration.
The car is relatively small and suitable for turning and parking, but it can be a little stuffy in the trunk, so it’s inconvenient for carrying a lot of baggage on trips. The safety features are only available on the more expensive trims of the car. The price ranges from $16000 to $20000, depending on what features you add.
Versa is a well-furnished subcompact sedan with 122 horsepower. It has excellent fuel economy and life-saving safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking – if there is an object in its path, the car will brake automatically. Thus it’s perfect for long-distance commutes, although the engine does strain under too much weight – perhaps not the best choice for a big family trip. The price ranges from approximately $15000 to $19000, depending on trims.
2021 Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark is the cheapest new car you can buy right now with a starting price of only $13400. It’s highly fuel-efficient and features an Android Auto and Apple Carplay. However, it drives at relatively weak speeds, and its engine isn’t built for high-speed driving. It’s got only 98 horsepower, so it is pretty suitable for people living inside congested cities. Its small size is also great for parking, and it can take good, sharp turns.
2020 Hyundai Accent
Like all Hyundai cars, it has a great warranty ( 5 years/60000-mile transferrable new vehicle warranty). It’s not the most comfortable car but is neat and roomy. It has smartphone integration and Android Auto, and Apple Carplay. Moreover, it comes with automatic emergency brakes and runs on a modest 120 horsepower. However, it works on manual transmission unless you pay for the auto feature to be installed.
2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Corolla Hybrid is extraordinarily fuel-efficient and drives at 50 mpg. It comes with Toyota’s common safety sense 2.0 systems and driver aid. The price is quite reasonable, which starts at $23600. The interior is comfortable, and the car is easy to drive. Corolla Hybrid is a good sturdy car for people who are just beginning.
It is usually a good idea to buy a sturdy used car and later install upgrades within. So consider the second-hand shop before buying something completely new at a young age when money is tight, and you won’t necessarily need a high-speed, stylish car.