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Top 100 Cheapest New Cars

For those of you who want the dependability and warranty a new car can provide, but need something super affordable, I've compiled the top 100 most affordable new cars available right now, broken down by trim level.

If you intend to keep your new vehicle for a long time (like more than 5 years), than one of these options may make sense for you. However, if you like to trade cars often, or want a lot of bang for your buck, you should be considering a 3-5 year old used car instead.

Unlike other sources, I sort my list by Average Selling Price, not MSRP, because this is more accurate, plus it factors in the different discounts or premiums you will pay for different models. Most other sources list these vehicles incorrectly because they focus on MSRP, not REAL prices you can expect to pay.

Also note that the cheapest cars are generally those with Manual transmissions. Most people don't want these, and they're usually hard to find in stock anyway. I highlighted the ones with Manual transmission in red color.

The good news is these deals should all be readily available on TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect

Cheapest Brand New Cars (by location)

Rank Vehicle Trim Location MSRP Avg Sale Price Local Deals
1 2022 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback 1LT Southeast $17,045 $17,128
2 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback G4 LE Northeast $18,795 $18,226
3 2022 Kia Rio Sedan LX IVT Chicago $17,305 $18,265
4 2022 Hyundai Accent Sedan SE West Coast $17,690 $18,275
5 2022 Nissan Versa Sedan SV Nationwide $19,215 $19,889
6 2022 Kia Soul SUV LX IVT Florida $20,545 $21,808
7 2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE IVT Washington DC $21,245 $21,922
8 2021 Ford Ranger Truck XL Southeast $26,265 $22,129
9 2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Sport Manual Boston $22,660 $22,882
10 2021 Nissan Kicks SUV SV Nationwide $22,675 $22,985
11 2022 Chevrolet Trax SUV LS SF Bay $23,215 $23,204
12 2021 Nissan Sentra Sedan SR Nationwide $22,875 $23,388
13 2022 Ford EcoSport SUV S Southeast $23,335 $23,585
14 2022 Subaru Impreza Sedan Premium Chicago $23,190 $23,585
15 2022 Nissan Sentra Sedan SR Washington DC $23,425 $23,876
16 2022 Nissan Kicks SUV SR New York $23,775 $24,325
17 2022 Hyundai Venue SUV Limited IVT Washington DC $23,495 $24,383
18 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Truck WT Pacific NW $26,630 $24,551
19 2021 Ford EcoSport SUV SE Texas $25,205 $24,697
20 2022 Ford Maverick Truck XL Pacific NW $24,795 $24,946
21 2021 Ford Escape SUV S Detroit $26,800 $25,580
22 2022 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan RS Multiregion $25,395 $25,642
23 2022 Toyota Corolla Sedan LE Texas $25,075 $25,703
24 2022 Honda HR-V SUV LX Washington DC $24,595 $25,770
25 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross SUV L Detroit $24,960 $25,799
26 2022 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 2.0i Premium Washington DC $25,645 $26,062
27 2021 FIAT 500X SUV Pop Texas $27,770 $26,088
28 2022 Buick Encore SUV Preferred Texas $26,415 $26,145
29 2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Blue Dual Clutch Southeast $25,145 $26,172
30 2022 Toyota Corolla Sedan XLE Texas $25,850 $26,381
31 2022 Chevrolet Equinox SUV LS - 1LS Detroit $26,995 $26,438
32 2022 Mazda CX-30 SUV Select Southeast $26,125 $26,490
33 2022 Ford Ranger Truck XL Multiregion $27,210 $26,587
34 2022 Volkswagen Taos SUV S New York $26,735 $26,784
35 2022 Kia Forte Sedan GT Manual Multiregion $25,545 $26,847
36 2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback SE Northeast $26,595 $27,150
37 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV SE 2.0 Detroit $26,990 $27,241
38 2022 FIAT 500X SUV Pop Nationwide $28,895 $27,406
39 2022 Mazda CX-5 SUV 2.5 S Detroit $27,125 $27,524
40 2022 Honda Civic Sedan EX Washington DC $26,365 $27,717
41 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV LT New York $27,195 $27,743
42 2021 Ford Escape SUV SE Detroit $29,275 $28,011
43 2022 Honda Insight Sedan EX Texas $26,775 $28,110
44 2022 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE Nationwide $28,570 $28,171
45 2021 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van Tradesman SLT Nationwide $28,600 $28,186
46 2021 Ford Mustang Coupe Fastback Southeast $28,400 $28,207
47 2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV 2.5i Sport Nationwide $27,545 $28,268
48 2022 GMC Terrain SUV SLE Detroit $29,095 $28,269
49 2021 Ram ProMaster City Wagon Minivan SLT Nationwide $29,950 $28,359
50 2022 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE Los Angeles $28,190 $28,461
51 2022 MINI Cooper Convertible Multiregion $28,750 $28,575
52 2022 Kia Niro Hatchback LXS Northeast $27,345 $28,735
53 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Truck WT Nationwide $30,995 $28,765
54 2021 Jeep Renegade SUV Limited Chicago $31,620 $28,781
55 2022 Toyota Camry Sedan SE SF Bay $28,410 $28,886
56 2022 Buick Encore GX SUV Select West Coast $28,995 $28,909
57 2022 Toyota C-HR SUV Limited Nationwide $28,365 $29,318
58 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV SE S-AWC Chicago $29,340 $29,344
59 2022 Kia K5 Sedan LXS Pacific NW $27,645 $29,380
60 2022 Honda Accord Sedan Washington DC $28,335 $29,464
61 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan SEL Premium Chicago $29,040 $29,516
62 2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT Southeast $31,045 $29,517
63 2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SEL Plus Nationwide $29,305 $29,566
64 2022 Jeep Renegade SUV Latitude Washington DC $29,890 $29,591
65 2022 Ram 1500 Classic Truck Express Florida $31,310 $29,655
66 2021 Volkswagen Passat Sedan R-Line Nationwide $30,990 $29,660
67 2022 Nissan LEAF Hatchback S Texas $28,425 $29,690
68 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck SEL New York $28,885 $29,745
69 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV SL Nationwide $30,015 $30,181
70 2022 Toyota GR86 Coupe Manual Nationwide $29,475 $30,201
71 2022 Subaru BRZ Coupe Premium Manual Nationwide $29,790 $30,447
72 2022 Ford Escape SUV SE Pacific NW $31,090 $30,566
73 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Premier Nationwide $34,495 $30,630
74 2022 Kia Seltos SUV SX 1.6T Southeast $29,345 $30,825
75 2022 Kia Sportage SUV EX Nationwide $29,605 $30,854
76 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S Nationwide $30,965 $30,868
77 2022 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT SF Bay $32,025 $30,888
78 2021 Jeep Compass SUV Limited Nationwide $31,390 $30,907
79 2022 MINI Clubman Wagon Cooper S Nationwide $30,750 $30,944
80 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan SXT Southeast $32,720 $31,029
81 2022 Ford Escape SUV SE Pacific NW $31,415 $31,036
82 2022 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i Premium Florida $31,020 $31,252
83 2022 GMC Canyon Truck Elevation Florida $31,495 $31,308
84 2022 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE Los Angeles $30,790 $31,362
85 2022 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.0 SR West Coast $32,125 $31,407
86 2022 MINI Electric Hardtop SE 2-Door Nationwide $30,750 $31,518
87 2022 Toyota Prius Hatchback Nightshade SF Bay $30,570 $31,533
88 2020 FIAT 500X SUV Trekking Plus Nationwide $30,990 $31,538
89 2022 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5i Limited Southeast $31,440 $31,550
90 2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Turbo Nationwide $31,275 $31,570
91 2022 Honda CR-V SUV EX Washington DC $30,135 $31,626
92 2022 Ford Transit Connect Van XL with Rear Symmetrical Doors LWB Southeast $31,760 $31,681
93 2022 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SEL Washington DC $31,145 $32,019
94 2022 MINI Countryman SUV Oxford Edition ALL4 Nationwide $31,950 $32,050
95 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback 2.0T S Northeast $31,275 $32,061
96 2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Limited Dual Clutch Chicago $31,345 $32,095
97 2022 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback XLE Pacific NW $31,475 $32,337
98 2022 Honda Accord Sedan Sport SE Washington DC $31,085 $32,358
99 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV SL New York $32,115 $32,465
100 2022 Acura ILX Sedan Premium/A-Spec New York $32,345 $32,485






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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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