They say that money doesn’t buy happiness, but there’s nothing quite like driving off in a brand new car and knowing you got a good deal. Shopping for a cheap new car often means that the end result will be a compact or subcompact, but there are plenty of perks in the small car market these days. Auto manufacturers are proud of their stylish compact car offerings and have chosen exterior hues to help these models get the attention they deserve. Bright oranges, glossy purples, tart limes and other candy colors are all available on a budget of under $15,000, and bring a sense of whimsy to even the most bare-bones base models.
Let’s take a look at the best cheerful and colorful new cars in the $15,000 range, as well as a few other splurge-worthy compact cars at slightly higher price points.