5 Cheap Cars to Buy for Under $15,000 (in 2013)

The year 2013 is already coming to a close, and it was a decent one for the car industry. But 2014 is just around the corner, and the new models are already hitting the market. If you have been looking to get a new car, but don’t want to break the bank, you can find some great options for under fifteen grand. Cheap cars should not mean to lower your expectations so much. For %15,000 you can get a decent car never the less, as our list of cheap cars in 2013 here shows you.

in 2013, those were our top 5 cheap cars under $15,000 to buy:

1 – 2014 Ford Fiesta ($14,000)

The Ford Fiesta has been popular for a few years now, especially with those looking for a compact, fuel efficient car that drives like a larger model. With both a hatchback and sedan available, you can choose from a 6-speed manual or automatic, or a 5-speed manual.

Ford Fiesta 2014 contender in cheap cars race

The Ford Fiesta is a contender in any cheap cars battle.

The 1.6L 16-valve Ti-VCT I-4 engine gives it power, with 120 @ 6350 horsepower. Best of all, it provides up to 29 city/39 highway/32 combined MPG. All for a starting MSRP of $14,000 for the sedan, and $14,600 for the hatch.

2 – 2014 Kia Soul ($14,700)

The Kia Soul has been growing in popularity recently. Perhaps it is because it offers a more stylized version of the usual boxy models you see from smaller cars these days. Or it might be the additional features that come standard, such as Sirius XM radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. It also has a 1.6 liter, I-4 engine 130 @ 6300 horsepower and either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. This is the car for people who don’t like cars, and starts at $14,700.

3 – 2014 Nissan Versa ($11,900)

Unlike the first two on this list, the Nissan Vera isn’t a very well known model. Yet it is very popular with the crowd that wants a new, feature heavy car with a much smaller price tag. It starts at just $11,900 for the Sedan, and $13,990 for the Note. Both are perfect options for people with families that need more space than most smaller cars provide, with room for five. It has a lower horsepower RPM at 109, but it is a comfortable and basic vehicle.

4 – 2014 Chevrolet Sonic ($14,170)

If you want 40 MPG highway (31 MPG city), you are going to love this one. The Chevy Sonic Sedan and Hatchback are attractive, performance based vehicles. The front seats are spacious, but I can’t say the same about the back. With a turbocharged 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine, it has plenty of power. But it is also safe, with a 5-star safety rating… the first to ever be given a car of its size. Prices start at $14,170.

5 – 2014 Toyota Yaris ($14,430)

You might not be expecting much with when a product’s slogan is literally Yaris, it’s a car! But next year’s Toyota release has really pushed the envelop when it comes to modern conveniences. Not only does it look very contemporary with its sleek design, but it works to integrate technology to a greater degree than other models. It has a USB port, Bluetooth, Sirius XM, and steering wheel mounted controls to more safely use it all. It also comes with up to 37MPG on the highway (30 MPG inside the city), but it’s UNCOMFORTABLE for long drives.