The 10 Cheapest Automobiles of 2011

Buying a car always involves a lot of research because you want to make sure you get the most for your money.  The best way you can do is that by spending as little as possible while finding the car that best suits your needs.

Here’s a look at the bargain models for the coming auto year.

You’ll find that most cars on the list come with small (1.5L or 1.6L) four-cylinder engines, and the vehicles in this class are generally designed for drivers willing to sacrifice power for the sake of the economy.

If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable way to cart yourself around, this set of vehicles might be for you.  All prices and specs are courtesy of Motor Trend, and if you’re a savvy eBayer, you might find a better deal at auction.

1. Hyundai Accent ($9,985) – The cheapest ride on our list is the 2011 Hyundai Accent. MSRP on the Accent begins at $9,985. The Hyundai Accent is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, and comes with a combined gas mileage of 31 miles per gallon.

2. Chevy Aveo ($11,965) – Second on our list is Chevy’s 2011 Aveo. The model’s MSRP begins at a low of $11,965. For that price you get a pretty typical economy car: 1.6L 4-cylinder engine.

3. Chevy Aveo5 ($12,115) – Coming in just behind the Aveo is its sister vehicle, the Aveo5. The Aveo5 is very similar to the Aveo, the principle differences being the Aveo5’s hatch body style and its namesake 5-speed transmission. It’s also similar in price, starting at an MSRP of $12,115.

4. Nissan Versa ($12,240) – The Nissan Versa clocks in at number four on our list with an MSRP of $12, 240. Many reviewers were unimpressed with the Versa’s performance and options. The base model is bare bones, but if you want a car that will take you 26 city miles to the gallon and won’t break the bank, the Versa might be your ride.

5. Kia Rio ($12,295) – The 2011 Kia Rio fills in our number 5 slot with an MSRP $12,295. The Rio continues the class trends of small engine that will take you 31 miles on a gallon of gas.

6. Kia Soul ($13,300) – Next with an MSRP of $13,300 is the Kia Soul. The stylish hatchback comes with the same engine as the Rio, but with a somewhat boxier body style and slightly lower mileage expectations (28 miles to the gallon).

7. Ford Fiesta ($13,320) – The 2011 Ford Fiesta sports an MSRP just $20 more than the Kia Soul, and edges out many cars on our list by giving you an extra mile on each gallon of gas.

8. Toyota Yaris ($13,665) – The Toyota Yaris begins its MSRP at $13,665. The Yaris comes with an engine just a hair smaller than most of the economy cars on our list, sporting a 1.5L engine that will carry you the class typical 31 miles to the gallon. The Yaris is available in sedan and hatch styles.

9. MAZDA 2 ($14,780) – The 2011 MAZDA2 has a low-end price tag of $14,780. The hatch comes with a 1.5L 4-cylinder and a body style a little edgier than the rest on our list.

10. Kia Rio5 ($15,595) – The slightly larger cousin of the Kia Rio, the Rio5 come at the tail end f our list with an MSRP of $15,595. Named for its fifth door, the hatchback Rio5 comes with the same engine as the Rio, but a slightly less efficient fuel rating of 30 combined miles per gallon.

Remember, numbers aren’t everything. Don’t be afraid to test drive multiple models that spark your interest. Don’t be afraid to tell a salesman you need time, and make sure you understand the fair price of the vehicle before you walk into the dealership.

Call around. Compare prices. Doing the extra legwork is always the best way to get the best bargain.  If you’re wondering how much each of these cars cost to insure, you’ll need to consider a lot more than the price of your new automobile.

Published or Updated: April 5, 2013
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Briana @ GBR says:

    Good to know there’s some affordable and economically efficient rides out there. I’m definitely going to keep those in mind.

  2. Andrea says:

    Generally… we get ripped off in the UK for owning a car. Road tax, MOTs, car insurance, petrol (and the ludicrous tax on it) as well as the price of a car! So it’as always good to know which the best value vehicles are for those who buy them.

    I stopped buying cars a couple of years back and started opting for long term leasing.

  3. Sheesh, this is an awesome list and I had no idea that you could get a car for under $10k in the Accent. People buy 10 year old cars for that much money. Some of these are great deals.

  4. Wow a Ford Fiesta for $13,000?! Here in the UK your looking at £13,000 for the entry level car, if someone could find a way to bring US bought cars over to the UK for a smaller amount than the current cost there is a killing to be made!

    Great list, really eye opening!

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