If you are on a budget like most Americans then you are probably looking for a car that is affordable to buy and cheap to own over the years. Let's take a look at 10 cheap cars from a couple of different categories that are on sale here in the U.S.A. for the 2013 model year.
1. Nissan Versa: $11,990
The 2013 Nissan Versa still holds the title of the cheapest car on sale in America. The Versa has a surprisingly large interior and ample trunk room too. The engine is very fuel efficient offering a combined rating of 30 MPG.
2. Ford Fiesta: $13,200
The 2013 Ford Fiesta is a very desirable car as it combines a cheap price with sexy European styling. The 120 horsepower engine still returns an average of 33 MPG. The Fiesta really stands out as one of the best cheap cars for 2013 thanks to the host of standard features and amenities.
3. Kia Forte: $15,400
The 2013 Kia Forte is all about content and thus is loaded with features such as: Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control, and adjustable power driver's seat just to name a few. The engine makes over 150 horsepower while still managing 29 MPG.
4. Chrysler 200: $19,695
The 2013 Chrysler 200 and its sister car the Dodge Avenger are 2 of the cheapest mid-sized sedans you can buy here in America. This car can serve its owners well with a peppy 2.4 liter engine that makes 173 horsepower. Fuel economy ratings are good with the Avenger and Chrysler 200 netting 29 MPG combined. In a segment dominated by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger are the kings of value.
5. Chevrolet Impala: $25,860
The 2013 Chevy Impala is rare because it's a full sized sedan that retails for about $25k. The 3.6 liter direct-injected V-6 makes 300 horsepower and is married to a 6-speed transmission. The Impala has tons of interior room and comes standard with a bevy of options including: power doors and windows, OnStar, keyless entry and more.
6. Mazda MX-5 Miata: $23,720
The 2013 Mazda Miata is one of the best cheap convertibles out there. If you are an enthusiast on a budget then this Miata is perfect. This may be the most fun cheap car out there. The engine is both responsive and durable. The Miata has been around for a while and over that time has become one of the most decorated cars winning many awards.
7. Honda Insight: $18,600
As gas prices go up Hybrid cars become more popular and the 2013 Honda Insight is the cheapest one on the market. With a combined fuel economy rating of 42 MPG, the Insight Hybrid is also cheap to operate saving you hundreds of dollars every year in gasoline savings. The 5-door hatchback body style makes the Insight hybrid extremely practical.
8. Nissan Leaf: $28,800
For those who want to go ultra clean, the 2013 Nissan Leaf is an electric car that can fulfill your needs. The $28k price tag is undercut by a $7500 Federal Tax Credit that helps make the Leaf one of the best cheap cars for 2013. The Leaf is a great riding vehicle and you will never have to stop at a gas station.
9. Volkswagen Jetta TDI: $22,990
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a highly affordable car that delivers 34 MPG combined thanks to its clean diesel power plant. More and more Americans are realizing that Turbo Diesel cars are fun to drive and very cheap and economical.
10. Subaru Impreza: $17,895
Rounding out the best cheap new cars list is the 2013 Subaru Impreza. This model resides in a very competitive car niche and is often overlooked for more popular compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. But the Subaru Impreza is the only vehicle in that segment with AWD standard. Fuel economy is excellent at 28 MPG, the car is fun to drive, and overall the Impreza is a good cheap value.