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Compared: The Cheapest Cars Of 2009


As we near the final months of 2009 and next years models begin to hit dealerships, we are taking a look back at the two cheapest cars on the market. They stood alone in a group of small (and slow) recession-busters. In fact, the prices of these particular vehicles fell so low, that only $20 stood between them.

Hyundai Accent GS
With a base price of just $9,970, the scant Accent GS 3-door takes this years prize of cheapest car in America. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the 2009 Accent has received fairly good reviews and was named most dependable sub-compact by J.D. Power and Associates.

For just under ten grand you get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 110 horsepower and CVVT to control valve timing (for optimum performance). The Accent GS is available with either a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic.

This sleek 3 door hatchback has plenty of room for passengers, cargo and still keeps everything safe with front and rear side airbags. Plus, it can deliver up to 35 mpg on the highway (with the automatic transmission).

Sounds like a good bargain for the cheapest car on the market.

Nissan Versa
For just $20 more, you could have the Versa 1.6 Sedan. It tips the cheapest car scale at a whopping $9,990, and gets the silver medal in this all-important price competition for the American market.

The base Versa features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 107 horsepower and a CVTCS system to control valve timing on the intake side of the engine. It is available with only a 5-speed manual transmission, but will net 34 mpg on the highway.

Inside the Versa, you get 6 airbags, a roomy interior and a tire pressure monitoring system---to keep everything hooking up smoothly. You also get ABS, and a brake assist program.

The Bottom Line
So here are the two cheapest cars in America and yet they are separated by a measly 2,000 pennies. With the Hyundai GS, you get three doors, a hatchback layout, a sleeker styling, different transmission options, more horsepower and 1 mpg better fuel economy. The Versa gets you more safety features and creature comforts, like a rear defrost ABS, brake assist, anti-theft, and a power outlet but lacks air conditioning.

At this point, either choice is a good one. To be able to buy a vehicle for less than $10,000 and get an efficient, reliable and good-looking sedan or hatchback---really shows how great our automotive market can be. The Accent and the Versa are both winners in this category.

 
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