Here at FamilyCarGuide, we know that families need various types of transportation. Some families need two or three or even more vehicles. Sometimes what’s really important is big value for the least amount of purchase price. Wrapping up our week-long series on cheap cars with big value, here’s a capsule look at five models that offer just that. For more in-depth information on each, click on the links for the particular model.
And, to reiterate the criteria, the base starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) has to be under $20,000. In addition, the car has to offer more than expected, whether in standard safety or technology features, styling, high fuel economy, or other factors.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
With a starting MSRP of $16,275, the all-new compact 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is a value-laden package that’s not too shabby in the styling department either. Chevy says the Cruze offers consumers a lot of everything in one balanced package. Be sure to read the Family Car Guide (FCG) segment posted earlier this week to find out more about the Chevy Cruze for 2011.
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2011 Ford Fiesta
Making its debut in the U.S. after being sold in other world markets for a couple of years, the 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact, available as a sedan or hatchback, meets the price criteria for cheap cars with big value. Key attributes that contribute to the Fiesta’s growing popularity here include zippy ride, youthful design, high build quality, comfortable cabin (for the price), and hybrid-like fuel economy. For more details on the 2011 Ford Fiesta, check out the second installment of this FCG series.
2011 Mazda Mazda2
The subcompact 2011 Mazda Mazd2 is a five-passenger, five-door hatchback that’s all-new for this model year. The traditional “Zoom-zoom” excitement is amply evident in this small car, more than expected in any car considered appropriate for the family garage or driveway. To find out more, see the full story on FCG.
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2011 Hyundai Elantra
Right off the bat, the price is right. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the base Hyundai Elantra GLS is $14,830. The all-new compact, according to automaker Hyundai, is “the new standard for compact sedans.” Want more details? Check out the full review on FCG.
2011 Kia Forte Five-Door Hatchback
With a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $16,895 (EX), the compact 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door Hatchback easily accommodates the first essential: affordable price. Not only that, the five-passenger 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door Hatchback is an all-new model, an addition to the Forte lineup that also includes sedan and Koup. Read the full story in FCG’s final segment on cheap cars with big value.