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Affordability has been a key driver in the automobile market since the Ford Model T was introduced. More important than ever before in motoring, car owners are seeking the best value when it comes to commuting. While most consider the upfront cost, vehicles require constant care and related costs that rapidly add up over years. Fuel, maintenance and even the projected depreciation of a car can equate to totals far outweighing the vehicle's purchase price after five years. These factors of ownership go unnoticed by motorists since the expenses slowly trickle away through daily driving.
For 2013 model year vehicles, the following list has identified 10 of the more cost efficient models that will leave more money in your wallet after a five-year period.
Ford's answer to the growing small car market, the Fiesta is a European inspired vehicle presenting a healthy amount of fun in addition to economy. A 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine allows the Ford Fiesta to go 34 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Helping the Fiesta win over budget-minded customers is low financing charges thanks to the over $14,000 vehicle price tag. Learn more »
Until the introduction of the Spark this year, the Sonic has been most economical example of Chevrolet's car building. As a practical subcompact, the Chevrolet Sonic projects an impressive level of refinement with the protection of 10 airbags as well as standard features like Bluetooth. In base trim, the Chevrolet Sonic is fitted with a potent 138 horsepower, 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine providing up to 37 miles per gallon in highway fuel economy. Learn more »
As a mid-sized family sedan, the Kia Forte has a lot to offer motorists and passengers. On the most affordable base level Forte LX, a 2-liter powerplant combined with a six-speed manual transmission provides an average fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon while offering ample road performance. Low financing cost and taxes are contributing factors to the Kia Forte sedan's affordable cost to own total. Learn more »
The smallest member of the Prius hybrid family, the Toyota Prius c boasts exceptionally high fuel economy and an affordable price. Featuring Toyota's high regard for quality, the Prius c features minimal maintenance and repair costs during the first two years of ownership. Automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and a USB port are standard features on all Toyota Prius c models. Learn more »
An addition to the Scion brand in 2012 for North America, the subcompact iQ is well equipped for a car costing just over $16,000. The safety of11 airbags, air conditioning, traction control and 16-inch wheels are included standard with the Scion iQ. Maintenance for the Scion iQ is expected to exceptionally low during the first three years of ownership. Maximum fuel economy above 36 miles per gallon is possible for both city and highway driving with the Scion iQ. Learn more »
With much being made of the Prius family's fuel savings, the subcompact, gasoline-only Toyota Yaris is among the Japanese brand's least expensive to own over a five-year time period. With fuel economy rated at 38 miles per gallon for highway driving, the Toyota Yaris also enjoy very low maintenance costs for the first two years. Value in the Toyota Yaris appears in the standard equipment that includes Bluetooth, nine airbags and an array of features presented in the brand's Star Safety System. Learn more »
Long being a popular fixture in the category of most budget-oriented travel, the Kia Rio hatchback and sedan received a much-welcomed redesign in 2012. Now more stylish and boasting technologies such as a gasoline direct injection 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine, the Kia Rio continues to be easy on fuel and inexpensive to operate. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, a six-way power adjustable driver seat, audio system with satellite radio and heated mirrors is some of the amenities found standard on the base LX model of the Rio. Learn more »
With the upfront price of electric vehicles leaving some doubting the attractiveness of zero-emission motoring, the Nissan Leaf serves as an effective counterpoint to critics. Arriving well equipped in the S model trim, Nissan Leaf's 75-mile range is more than adequate for daily driving for many motorists. Low costs for electric charging, low maintenance and government tax credits makes the Leaf a green way for keeping green. When buying a Nissan Leaf, keep in mind that there may be an additional cost for a home charging unit needed for faster battery charges. Learn more »
One of the most inexpensive new cars to buy in 2013, the Nissan Versa serves the purpose of barebones transportation. Redesigned last year, the 176-inch long Versa sedan receives styling derived from larger Nissan products. A 109-horsepower, 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine permits fuel efficiency well exceeding 30 miles per gallon in combined city and highway commuting. Manual, automatic and a continuously variable transmission can be equipped on a 2013 Nissan Versa sedan. Learn more »
Introduced to the North American market for the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Spark becomes the new addition to the subcompact market. Powered by a nifty 84-horsepower, 1.2 liter turbocharged engine, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark achieves an average fuel economy of 33 miles per hour in combined city and highway driving. Ten air bags and anti-lock braking system on the Spark insures the vehicle will provide suitable protection for the four occupants. Learn more »
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