The Cheapest Car in America is, surprisingly enough, a title many car companies aim to claim as their own. A title that is never really dominated solely by one car manufacturer and here's why. Up until a few months ago, the Chevy Aveo was the clear winner, with a starting price of just $10,235. Of course that was the absolute base price, meaning that undoubtedly, you would be getting very little for that asking price. For example, the Aveo comes without air conditioning or any power accessories, and we're only talking about the hatchback here -- the sedan-version of the Aveo is a good $1,200 more expensive. So as the former cheapest car in America, the Aveo really stood no chance to hold the title for long.
Soon after though, as predicted, the Nissan Versa shifted gears and roared past the Aveo claiming its short lived title of the cheapest car in America by boasting an impressively low price tag of $9,990. That's less than $10,000 for a brand spanking new car -- quite impressive, don't you think? The 2009 Nissan Versa Sedan comes with a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine that yanks out a good 107 horse power, which may not be mind blowing -- but for a city car, it does the job and more. However, that's not all. Sure enough, the industry could not accept this and someone had to up the game and do even better, which shows you just how much competition there is from car manufacturers for the cheapest car title.
Behold, about three weeks after Nissan's Versa took the title, Hyundai came out of nowhere with a winner. The 2009 Hyundai Accent GS base model has a price tag of $9,970 which can only mean one thing - the Hyundai Accent is now the cheapest car in America. Alright, some of you are thinking, 'That's $20 cheaper, so what's the big deal?' Here's the thing, the 2009 Accent is the same one you could have nabbed a month before the press release, what they did was simply lower the MSRP. So you're getting the most reliable sub-compact car on the market without reduced quality of content or accessories for only $9,970 -- no wonder it's the cheapest car in America, what on earth can beat that? I guess we'll have to wait and see.