The American Heritage Dictionary defines cheap as; “Of poor quality; shoddy, not worthy of respect; worth relatively little.” However, the fact of the matter is every car on this list is worthy of considerable respect, is of sound quality, and is worth considerably more than its asking price.
A listing of the lowest-priced new cars available couldn’t always be lauded in such glowing terms as this. The nature of most inexpensive cars has changed considerably over the years, with the result that the concept of a basic car has expanded considerably.
As an example, least expensive model on this list of the top ten cheapest cars comes with air-conditioning, a height adjustable driver’s seat, stability control, traction control, and a trip computer. There was a time when the most inexpensive model didn’t come with carpeting on the floor—let alone air-conditioning or a radio.
To say these cars are “cheap” is a significant misnomer.
What they are is affordable.
And with that, here is our list of the top 10 most affordable cars.