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Previously Featured Top Cheap Cars

Cheap cars don't have to be poor-quality cars! Our favorite budget-friendly vehicles are not only affordable, they also offer lasting value that will continue to reward owners long after they drive off the dealership lot. Featuring quality craftsmanship, high-tech amenities and excellent fuel economy, our featured cheap cars provide a smart alternative for frugal consumers — and they all start at a price below $20,000.

Current Best Cheap Cars

Chevrolet Sonic RS

Chevrolet Spark

Dodge Dart Rallye

Fiat 500

Ford Fiesta SE

Honda Fit

Hyundai Elantra Limited

Hyundai Veloster

Kia Forte

Kia Soul

Mazda 2

Mazda 3

Mitsubishi Mirage

Nissan Versa Note

Scion iQ

Toyota Yaris

A side view of a 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
The all-new Subaru XV Crosstrek offers the versatility of an SUV in a small, city-friendly package. Fitted with symmetrical all-wheel drive and a punchy boxer 4-cylinder, this compact crossover is as comfortable on mountain roads as it is on urban streets.

Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium
The Premium edition of Subaru's popular Impreza sedan adds aluminum alloy wheels, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with SRS Circle Surround system, and stylish touches of leather to this quick compact car's already ample list of amenities.

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL Sedan

Nissan Versa 1.6 SL Sedan
Featuring a fuel-sipping 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and Nissan's new Xtronic continuously variable transmission, the 2012 Versa sedan is a thrifty and efficient choice for those shopping in the small car segment.

Scion xB
This boxy hatchback scoots on a 2.4-liter DOHC engine, and boasts a roomy interior along with features that include six speakers and vehicle stability control.

A three-quarter rear view of a black 2008 Scion xB

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 Kia Rio EX

Kia Rio EX
Small in size and low in price, the Kia Rio EX nonetheless makes a big impression with its stylish looks, solid performance and wealth of standard features, including satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Ford Fiesta Sedan
This stylish subcompact is a city-friendly fuel-sipper that won't break the bank. While the Fiesta's excellent fuel economy is the most obvious attraction, this small sedan also boasts extensive safety features and an impressive array of standard interior amenities.

A side view of a blue 2011 Ford Fiesta Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS
Hyundai Elantra GLS
Affordable, attractive and fuel-efficient, the Hyundai Elantra GLS is an ideal vehicle for city dwellers and freeway frequenters looking for something beyond the standard econobox.

Chevrolet Sonic
Packing in plenty of value with its decently powerful 1.8-liter inline-4, quick handling and smart, no-nonsense instrumentation, the all-new Chevy Sonic hatchback comes as a welcome addition to the subcompact segment.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta Hatchback
Showing off a clean aerodynamic form, this fuel-efficient five-door hatchback includes a five-speed manual transmission and comes with excellent safety features as well as all the audio sophistication and digital wireless communication capability now demanded by young buyers.

Nissan Versa Hatchback
This cute subcompact packs in a lot of value in its pint-sized frame. Featuring a 1.8-liter inline-4 and continuously variable transmission, the Versa SL offers decent performance and great gas mileage at an affordable price.

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Nissan Versa SL

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2010 Kia Forte

Kia Forte EX
Dynamically styled, this compact sedan is designed to combine a sporty personality with fuel-efficient pragmatism. The value-oriented five-passenger vehicle is furnished with a peppy 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission, giving it a 34 mpg rating on the highway.

Suzuki SX4 Sportback
The aptly-named Suzuki SX4 Sportback is a fun-to-drive 5-door hatchback that combines excellent handling and peppy acceleration with a comfortable, well-equipped interior. Drivers looking for a little more performance from their compact city car will do well to check out this agile economy hatchback.

A three-quarter front view of a white Suzuki SX4 Sportback

A front view of a silver 2010 Scion xD

Scion xD
Featuring sporty exterior styling and a lengthy list of standard features, including cruise control and a digital multi-information display, the Scion xD is truly a budget car with character. Added to the hatchback's already ample amenities are a host of in-car entertainment options, making the xD the epitome of subcompact cool.

Chevrolet Aveo LT
For drivers who are looking for a way to run around town but also have fuel economy in mind, this Korean-built econobox fits the bill — the Aveo gets up to 23 mpg on city thoroughfares, and provides riders with a well-laid out, spacious interior.

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2008 Chevrolet Aveo LT

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