New year, new life, goes the saying, and for some people, new life means new car, why not? who would not like to start the year with a new car? at least, I would. For those lucky ones that have in their plans to get a new or used car this coming 2014, but are still not quite sure because a new one could be more expensive than a used one, let me contradict you, show you and tell you a little bit, about what are the best and cheapest new 2014 cars you can get today in the US for less than $14000 only, an affordable figure for someone with decent credit and decent job. All of them are economical, great for the city and good for all tastes and ages.
Starting with the most expensive, this is the top 5 list of the cheapest new cars in America for this coming 2014:
5) Kia Rio 2014 - MSRP Price: $13,800
In the new model of the 3rd generation of the Rio, Kia keeps the youthful and sporty style which has helped it to gain a lot of worldwide followers in recent years. It is available in two different versions, sedan and 5-door hatchback, being the hatchback only $100 more expensive.
Its exterior design shows the constant evolution of Kia in recent years. With daring and aerodynamic cuts that inspire a sense of youth and rebellion. Includes sunroof and alloy wheels making the Rio one of the favorite cars of the youth segment looking for an economical but well equipped car.
It has some qualities that place it above the others in its segment. Its exterior European style, an interior perfectly clean with well designed controls, and above all, a friendly and efficient powertrain. This model will amaze you instantly once you are seated behind the wheel. If I had to pick one of the reasons that most attract me from the Rio, compared to other inexpensive small cars, it would be its lively style, quiet acceleration and fresh look.
4) Smart ForTwo Pure 2014 - MSRP Price: $13,270
The fact that a car is tiny does not mean it has to be unsafe or poorly equipped, and the smart Fortwo Pure is living proof of that.
The subcompact segment is gaining momentum in developed markets due to high gas prices and pollution emissions, and the smart fortwo pure, a car designed for urban living space, has been developed from these requirements.
This tiny coupe comes with 5-speed smartshift transmission with automatic or manual mode. It also features hill start assist, and lots of standard safety features such as 8 full-size airbags.
The fortwo is a car that, as its name implies, is designed for two people. Its exterior design is very distinctive, especially because of the already famous Tridion safety cell, which everyone knows as the silver stripe we found across the car. This safety cell was created considering that the small car could withstand impacts of much larger vehicles and achieved its goal in spades.
The smart fortwo pure comes equipped with a 1.0L 3 cylinder in line engine of 70-HP that delivers up to 38 mpg combined. Its gas tank has a capacity of up to 8.7 gallon, this means that with the current gas prices, you can fill up to the tank with less than $30.
3) Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 - MSRP Price: $12,995
Is characterized by being compact on the outside, but plenty of room and comfort inside. It was presented in April at the New York auto show and it is now being released in the U.S. market. The main goal of this model is to expand to emerging markets, and become a practical and economical choice.
The latest creation from the Japanese manufacturer took the basic concepts that define a "compact car" such as: efficiency, functionality and performance, achieving with the Mirage an urban size car, friendly to the environment with low CO2 emissions, with high safety standards for all occupants and low fuel consumption.
The Mirage is available as a five-door hatchback for five-passenger, with an 1.2L DOHC MIVEC three-cylinder engine of 74-HP, that according to Mitsubishi has a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg (37 in the city / 44 on highway). If those numbers are accepted in the industry, Mitsubishi says that the Mirage will be the more efficient gasoline vehicle that isn't a hybrid, sold in the U.S.
2) Chevrolet Spark 2014 - MSRP Price: $12,170
With eight expressive colors, the new 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tone for everyone. It has a navigation system unique in its class. The smartphone application BringGo offers plenty of user-friendly features, such as a pager and traffic data in real time that can be experienced when it is connected through Chevrolet MyLink.
For the new 2014 model, the highlight is the addition of a new continuously variable transmission CVT, instead of the current 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual will also be offered. In both cases, they will be together to a 1.2L 4-cylinder engine which can generate 84 horsepower. The car is rated at 34 MPG combined with a 5-speed manual transmission which decreases to 32 MPG when using an automatic transmission. The inclusion of this new CVT transmission would intend to improve the EPA rating, plus it is also expected to improve the driving experience.
In short, the Spark is an unpretentious city car, focusing on doing well what it has to do. Its light weight and compact size allow it to have a small engine enough to move you into the big cities. Honestly, the interior, although it is not remarkable, it is enough for the rear passengers can make short trips without any problems, and taking into account the segment to which it belongs, it is not so bad at all.
1) Nissan Versa Sedan 2014 - MSRP Price: $11,990
The Nissan Versa sedan is an economical car that focuses on the family. For this 2014, it enters its third year on the market and does so without external changes. Its exterior design is a bit quirky as it looks like two cars in one. From the rear, it looks like an Altima, large and square, but at the front becomes rounded. In short, the 2014 Versa still has proportions a bit unorthodox for current standards, and although some pictures of an alleged facelift have come out, apparently we will have to wait until 2015 to see it on the dealerships.
The Versa sales target is clear: those people looking for a modern car, affordably priced with good performance and enough interior space. So far, Nissan has been successful. In 2012 were sold 774.846 units worldwide, figure that places it as the eighth best-selling car and the Nissan model with more acceptance in the automotive industry. Being known as the cheapest new car for sale in America has also helped it to have a place on the podium of the best cars for those looking for economy and reliability.
In terms of mechanical and specifications, The Nissan Versa S model, which is the one that cost $11,990 and the cheapest one of the four available, comes equipped with a 1.6 L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder engine of 109-HP which delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highways.