Looking for an affordable mid-size car? We’ve done the research, and they are listed here*, in descending order, to the least expensive set of family-friendly wheels that you can buy.
Note that price is a different concept from value. Some of the vehicles listed here offer greater value despite their higher price tags. Rebates, low-rate financing, and attractive leasing deals also impact the value delivered to the consumer. It is entirely coincidental that the most affordable model on the list also delivers significant value.
Pricing, valid as of January 20, 2016, reflects inclusion of destination charges, an automatic transmission and Bluetooth hands-free calling, but otherwise these cars are stripped down to their bare essentials.
*We have tried to source trim-accurate photos for this article. For several models, this was not possible.