America's 10 Least Expensive Vehicles

Joshua Duval
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2009 Hyundai Accent

As anyone who has picked up a newspaper - or tried to finance a new car in the last few months - knows, obtaining a loan for a new vehicle is virtually impossible these days. Leasing is on its way out: both Chrysler and GM have stopped leasing new vehicles completely. What is the middle class to do, then? Buy the least expensive new cars, of course.

The cheapest cars in America today are no longer beaters, so this prospect no longer incites dread. For example, the cheapest car available in the United States today at $10,665 after destination charges, the 2009 Hyundai Accent GS 3-Door, includes front, side and side curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitoring system and a 6-way adjustable driver's seat.

Move to the bottom of the list, where the Pontiac G3 rests at just $14,995, and the standard features list includes front and side airbags, air conditioning, an audio system that includes a CD player with MP3 playback, an auxiliary input jack and 6 speakers, fog lamps and a tire pressure monitoring system.

So for anyone in the market for a new car trying to address the constraints of a tight budget and a hostile credit market, here are America's ten cheapest cars for the 2009 model year, courtesy of Automotive News. All prices include destination charges as of December 2, 2008.

1. Hyundai Accent, $10,665

2. Nissan Versa, $10,685

3. Kia Rio, $12,145

4. Chevrolet Aveo, $12,625

5. Smart ForTwo, $12,635

6. Toyota Yaris, $12,925

7. Suzuki SX4, $13,994

8. Kia Spectra, $14,200

9. Hyundai Elantra, $14,795

10. Pontiac G3, $14,995

Source: Automotive News

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