Best Small Cars for Your Money
Compact sedans like the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic are very popular right now due to their reasonable price and solid fuel economy.
However, although a base model may start at a price you're happy with, once you start adding options like automatic transmission, remote entry and cruise control, the price can start to rise and suddenly not seem so reasonable.
Cars.com took all of these factors and put together a list of what they consider to be the most affordable compact sedans available today, even when factoring in five-years worth of fuel cost.
At the top of the list is the 2013 Nissan Sentra SV, which after everything was added in total $27,180, almost $2,000 lower than the average.
As always I recommend you use the free to get the best deals on any compact sedans.
|Vehicle||Options||Tested Price||Fuel Cost||Total|
|2013 Nissan Sentra SV||Driver's Package||$19,180||$8,000||$27,180|
|2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS||Preferred Package||$19,410||$8,500||$27,910|
|2013 Toyota Corolla LE||N/A||$18,975||$9,250||$28,225|
|2013 Honda Civic LX||N/A||$19,755||$8,500||$28,255|
|2014 Kia Forte LX||Popular Package||$19,100||$9,250||$28,350|
|2013 Ford Focus SE||N/A||$20,090||$8,750||$28,840|
|2013 Mazda3 iSport||N/A||$20,020||$9,000||$29,020|
|2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium||N/A||$21,065||$9,000||$30,065|
|2013 Chevy Cruze 1LT||N/A||$20,465||$10,000||$30,465|
|2013 Dodge Dart SXT 2.0||Bluetooth; Popular Equip Group||$20,830||$10,000||$30,830|
|2013 VW Jetta SE||Convenience Package||$22,225||$10,500||$32,725|
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