Here are 5 affordable cars to drive down your expenses. Please comment below to let us know what you think.
There are a few key ingredients that make for a classic car and the RX-8 has them all. With distinctive styling, the RX-8 cuts an attractive figure. Despite being over a decade old, the looks haven’t faded and the quirky rear suicide doors are a talking point too, but they’re somewhat eclipsed by the engine.
Though you’ll never want the rotary engine explained to you in full, the fact it exists at all is testament to Mazda’s perseverance and should help drive the prices back up once the car’s done depreciating. With rust spots around the poorly-sealed third brake light, high oil consumption, 22mpg combined if you’re very careful and lots of bespoke components, RX-8 ownership is an expensive experience.
A car that set you back £25k new just five years ago may not even reach £2k today. Of course this is great news if you’re thinking of investing in one. You’ll see a return when the remaining cars have rotted away or been scrapped.
The second-generation Prius (2003-2009) was the version that really put this car on the map. Unlike earlier hybrids, which returned their best results with a skilled hypermiler at the wheel, almost anyone could hop into the Prius, drive like normal, and achieve 45 mpg or better.
Today these Toyota cars are a bargain, with later-model low-mileage examples going for $8,000 to $10,000 and high-milers selling for less than $3,500—and because they are Toyotas, you needn’t be afraid of high mileage.
It’s an open secret that the latest Civic, which debuted in 2012, is generally a disappointment relative to its illustrious predecessors. In terms of fuel economy, though, it’s a modest step forward, returning 28 mpg city/39 hwy with the automatic transmission versus the previous model’s average of 25/36 mpg.
But what does that mean for your bottom line? Well, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a handy Fuel Economics calculator that estimates annual fuel costs, and it turns out that you’d end up paying just $200 more per year to refuel a previous-generation Civic.
When you consider the thousands you’d save on the purchase price due to depreciation, not to mention the new Civic’s lack of significant improvements, the old model emerges as a compelling alternative.
The Fiesta is Ford’s subcompact car available in four-door sedan or four-door hatchback body styles. The Fiesta competes with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note and Hyundai Accent. A high-performance Fiesta ST model is offered.
One of the best entry-level performance cars available. Pretty amazing what Ford is willing and able to give you for the price. Very engaging and rewarding to drive, and tons of features.
The 2016 Kia Rio offers crisp, stylish European design; a cleanly styled, feature-packed interior; and an agreeable, fuel-efficient engine. But the Honda Fit, new last year, offers far more interior room and better packaging. The Chevy Sonic has a smoother ride and is more comfortable. The Ford Fiesta is simply more fun to drive. The Rio is also now somewhat behind on safety ratings as the tests get tougher every few model years.
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