8. Hyundai Accent SE

Coming in at $15,580, Hyundai offers the Accent SE sedan in eight place. The Accent is no longer a throwaway car, and it shows. Even at its base price, the Accent SE sedan has power windows and locks and air conditioning. Unfortunately, you won’t have Bluetooth or a rearview camera, which other cheaper cars on the list have.


Like the Sonic, the Accent has quite a spacious interior as well as cargo space. The rear seat is a 60/40 split. Also like the Sonic, the Accent has 137 horsepower and a six-speed manual tranny as standard equipment. It’s just missing a few things for our liking.

7. Smart Fortwo Pure

For $15,400, you can drive yourself a Smart car. Tempting, right? From its early days, the Smart Fortwo Pure has come a long way. While still a 0.9-liter 3-cylinder with 89 horsepower, the Fortwo is a little classier. LED running lights, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and Crosswind Assist are all standard features. Mind you, you’re only getting two seats instead of four, so Smart has to make it up somewhere.

There are options available to make your Smart Fortwo Pure more fun to drive, including a $990 option for a dual-clutch transmission and a $350 upgrade to man-made leather interior. Or, you could show how frugal you really are and stick with the bone stock model.

6. Nissan Versa Note

Of the two Nissan Versa models on this list, the Note is more expensive at $15,095. While it’s a small hatchback, the Versa Note is deceivingly large inside. The cavernous interior is great for an active lifestyle with seats that fold flat and tons of cargo space. There’s not much else to it, though.


Bluetooth and air conditioning are standard equipment, and a CVT transmission is tucked against the 109-horsepower engine. You’re not winning any races, but at least you’re styled better than your sedan sibling.

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