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Chevrolet Aveo5I love hearing the talking heads on television debate whether or not the economy is in a recession. Recession or not, anyone living in the real world knows that things are tight and getting tighter. With uncertain times ahead, many people are reluctant to commit to a high car payment, but they also want the peace of mind that only a new car -- with a new-car warranty -- can bring. So I figured it was high time we took a closer look at the least-expensive new cars on the US market.

Standard operating procedure for my Top Picks lists is to pick my ten favorite cars in any category, but for this list I thought I'd try something different. I put together a list of the ten cheapest cars by price (MSRP plus destination fee), then wrote up my opinion on each of 'em. And then, because I was having so much fun, I added five more cars to the list.

What you'll find is that a cheap price doesn't always mean a good deal, but there are still some great bargains out there. Check 'em out in my list of the ten -- er, sorry, fifteen -- cheapest new cars. -- Aaron Gold

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June 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm
(1) Ari says:

12-15k for a tiny box with few creature comforts and with a couple of exceptions, mediocre build quality and terrible resale values? The smart buyer is now shopping for used Accords and Camrys and avoiding the new car show rooms at all costs!

June 4, 2008 at 9:48 pm
(2) MIke in Minn says:

Then perhaps the “smart buyer” should be perusing and posting on the about.com used cars site, huh?

June 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm
(3) Brian says:

Depending on the type of car buyer you are, a new car might be a better choice given the length of warranty coverage on some new cars.

And for cheap cars? Entry-level Hyundai Accent is $9995 in Canada. And our dollars are pretty much equal.

April 25, 2012 at 5:20 am
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