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The sticker price for many new cars are skyrocketing, but there are still a few quality vehicles that are affordable and dependable. The 214 Nissan Versa 1.6 S is the cheapest new car to finance, but there are several other options that you can choose from and keep the sticker below $18,000.

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Finance Nissan VersaThis is the most basic of cars. Creature comforts are limited to air conditioning and a CD player. You will have to roll your windows down by hand, etc. The interior is roomy enough for a family of four and the engine responds nicely when it is paired with a manual transmission. A 2014 Nissan Versa 1.6 S should cost $12,800.

Chevrolet Spark LS

Finance Chevy SparkThe Spark is Chevy’s econo-car entry. The Spark offers comforts such as air conditioning, power windows, and alloy wheels. The Spark also comes in a variety of bright, cheerful colors. The interior is a bit cramped compared to the Versa, but it provides adequate space for a family of four. A 2014 Chevrolet Spark LS should cost $12,995.

Kia Rio LX

Finance Kia RioKia has a talent for making affordable cars that are dependable and safe. What attracts many people to a Kia is that the cars do not look as inexpensive as they are. The LX offers the air conditioning and a CD player only, but the fuel efficient engine and comfortable ride (for an econo-car) make up for the lack of other comforts. A 2014 Kia Rio LX sedan should cost $14,400. If you prefer a hatchback, the sticker moves up to $14,600.

Ford Fiesta S

Finance Ford FiestaThe Fiesta was recently re-introduced to the North American market. It delivers on the fuel efficiency that it promises and has one of the best suspension systems in the category. 2014 say a new front-end design meant to make the vehicle more pleasing to the eye. It does accomplish that goal, but hits buyers in the wallet. The redesign raised the price by $800. Even with that price-jack factored in the Fiesta is a solid inexpensive buy. A 2014 Ford Fiesta S will cost $14,795.

Hyundai Accent GLS

Finance Hyundai AccentThe Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio are kindred spirits. It can often be difficult to tell them apart in a parking lot. Where the Accent stands tall is the interior. The GLS comes with standard air conditioning and a USB-compatible stereo, power windows and locks, along with a keyless remote. The Accent also distinguishes itself by having the most comfortable ride in the econo class. A 2014 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan will set you back $15,455. The hatchback, or GS, starts at $16,105.

There are several models that fall between the prices listed here, but they were not included for a variety of reasons including: underpowered, poor fuel economy, and low consumer reviews.


About the author: Jerry Coffey


Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.


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