Cheapest Sedan Model: The 5 Best Deals Based on Price and Performance

January 27, 2012

When choosing the cheapest sedan model, it is important to know what you are buying. Whenever you buy a new car that has a low price, you may be sacrificing performance or appearance in order to get the cheaper price. The one good thing about these cheaper cars are that typically the fuel economy is pretty good, so you can save money with gas too. Here are some sedan models that are pretty cheap, and will offer you decent performance.

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic model is one of the best selling cars in the sedan market, and it is not priced that poorly. The Civic runs around $15,000, and offers the second best fuel economy out of the cars out there, just trailing the Toyota Prius (too expensive for this list). The Civic achieves 45 miles per gallon on the highway, and 40 miles per gallon in the city. The Civic also has increased its look over the past few years, and you can choose from sporty models with many different spoiler options, or a hatchback look as well. The engine is a four cylinder that can produce 140 horsepower. It is an ULEV, meaning ultra low emissions vehicle.

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla model has the most sales out of any model ever produced, and it is still a top seller. The Corolla prices out around $15,500, and also offers good fuel economy. It comes in at  35 miles per gallon on the highway, and 26 miles per gallon in the city. Performance wise, it has a four cylinder engine, with 132 horsepower, but there is an upgrade for a 2.4 liter I4 engine with 158 horsepower. It is also an ultra low emissions vehicle.

Hyundai Accent

Hyundai has been red hot and has some cheap sedan models to look at, most notably the Hyundai Accent which costs around $11,000. It can get 33 miles per gallon on the highway, and 27 miles per gallon in the city. The four trim levels that it comes in all have the same four cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower and 106 foot pounds of torque. This is the main example of a car sacrificing performance a little bit in order to get a very cheap price.

Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa also cracks the list at under $10,000 as well. The base model has a weak engine, but upgrades are available to increase the 106 horsepower. The Versa can get 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and 26 miles per gallon in the city.

Hyundai Elantra

Another Hyundai, the Elantra makes the list at well, pricing at $14,000. The Elantra had a design overhaul, and now looks like a luxury car on the outside for nowhere near the cost. It is a top safety model in its class, and also has great fuel economy. It can get up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway, and 24 miles per gallon in the city. It has a few different trims, but provides good performance. They come with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, with almost 150 horsepower. 

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