In the June 2011 article in AAA’s Westways magazine, Peter Bohr wrote about how there really are affordable new cars under $16,000! He has assembled a list of his favorites and he shares it with his readers. Here’s an excerpt of the article:
Every car on the list comes with luxury and safety items. I considered only cars that included air conditioning for my $16,000 price limit. Every vehicle has a host of safety features, including side air bags. Except for the Ford Ranger, each also has curtain air bags. Except for the Suzuki SX4, each has stability control. All have, at a minimum, a 36-month/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Most have combined EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings in the high 20-mpg or low 30-mpg range.
I used manufacturer suggested retail prices including destination fee, minus any advertised factory-to-consumer rebates. The prices do not include sales tax or fees, which typically add another 10 to 12 percent. In alphabetical order, here’s the terrific 10:
• Fiat 500 – $16,000 including remote keyless entry, cruise control.
• Ford Fiesta SE sedan – $15,590 (after $500 rebate), including automatic transmission, remote keyless entry.
• Ford Ranger XL two-door – $15,255 (after $3,500 rebate).
• Honda Fit – $15,850, including remote keyless entry, cruise control.
• Kia Soul – $13,995, with 60-month/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
• Mazda 2 Sport – $15,775, including automatic transmission, remote keyless entry.
• Nissan Cube – $15,070, including remote keyless entry.
• Nissan Sentra 2.0 Sedan – $14,980 (after $2,500 rebate), including automatic transmission.
• Suzuki SX4 Sport S sedan – $15,874 (after $1,250 rebate), including navigation system, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry.
• Toyota Yaris three-door hatchback – $15,839 (after $500 rebate), including automatic transmission, remote keyless entry, iPod interface, 24-month/24,000-mile free maintenance.