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This Year's Best Bargain Vehicle
July 24, 2014Cars.com recently released a list of what they consider the most affordable cars for 2014. They took the price of the vehicle, factored in the cost of popular features -- automatic transmission, power windows and locks, USB, Bluetooth and tilt steering wheel -- and then also added in five years of gas costs. Each vehicle on the list has an overall cost of less than $28,000.
Topping the list as the most affordable vehicle available today is the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE, with a final cost of $22,115 after everything is factored in. Following in second place is the 2014 Scion iQ at $23,920, and third 2014 Chevrolet Spark 1LT at $24,070.
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|Vehicle||MSRP Price||Est. 5 Year Gas Cost||Total Cost|
|2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE||$15,115||$7,000||$22,115|
|2014 Scion iQ||$16,420||$7,500||$23,920|
|2014 Chevrolet Spark 1LT||$15,820||$8,250||$24,070|
|2014 Nissan Versa SV||$16,340||$8,000||$24,340|
|2015 Honda Fit LX||$17,115||$7,750||$24,865|
|2014 Nissan Versa Note SV||$17,340||$8,000||$25,340|
|2014 Toyota Prius c One||$19,890||$5,500||$25,390|
|2014 Toyota Yaris LE||$16,825||$8,750||$25,575|
|2014 Mazda2 Sport||$16,630||$9,250||$25,880|
|2014 Ford Fiesta SE||$17,500||$9,000||$26,500|
|2014 Kia Rio EX||$17,600||$9,000||$26,600|
|2014 Hyundai Accent GLS||$17,855||$9,000||$26,855|
|2014 Scion xD||$17,475||$9,500||$26,975|
|2014 Toyota Corolla L||$18,210||$9,000||$27,210|
|2014 Kia Forte LX||$18,290||$9,500||$27,790|
|2014 Nissan Sentra SV||$19,350||$8,500||$27,850|
|2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT||$17,890||$10,000||$27,890|
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- Gregg Fidan
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