It used to be that when purchasing a new car if you did not have much money you had to compromise in some area. In many cases you would end up with a good priced, reliable car that was just plain ugly. When buying a new car, just because you have a budget does not mean you have to settle for a car you do not like. With the economy still recovering, car manufacturers are really in competition to produce cars that are dependable, stylish and that do not give you sticker shock. Car companies like Ford, Honda and Kia are proving you can have it all in your car. Here are a few of the new 2010 car models that are affordable, reliable and very cool.
2010 Honda Fit
As you can see here in this article this cute little car is ranked the #2 of the best affordable small cars by “US News & World Report”. The MSRP for this quick car is $14,900 – $19,110, and it gets great gas mileage at 28 City/35 Highway. Popular for its storage options including a “magic seat” and spacious rear seats. With this model you also can get 10 cup holders, speed-sensitive volume control and satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition.
The 2010 model has not been out long enough to win awards, but is almost identical to the award winning 2008 & 20098 models. Some awards this model has received are: “Car & Drivers” 10 best for 2008 & 2009, “Consumer Guide” best buy and one of “Automobile Magazine’s” All-Star for 2009. As you can see by the description and photos the Fit is also a very cute and sporty looking car, as well as fun to drive.
2010 Ford Fusion
Motor Trends 2010 car of the year sleek looking car gets a impressive 23MPG city/34 highway for a good mid-sized family car. It has been stated as being the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid, mid-sized sedan on the road. The MSRP stars under $20,000, this model is also available in a hybrid.
It is a good looking car as well as affordable for its class. You have the option to get keyless entry, moon roof, racing stripes, illuminated door sill plates and a interior light kit. It is also reliable and safe with features like: Advance Trac electronic stability control, refined front and rear suspension and all wheel drive. The 2009 Ford Fusion received the Insurance Instititute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award. The 2009 model also for the government’s highest 5 star rating in front driver and passenger impact tests and rollover testing in the all-wheel drive model. The Ford Fusion is another example of a safe and reliable car that is also cool looking.
2010 Kia Soul
The third affordable, reliable car on my 2010 is ranked #10 of affordable small cars by “U.S. News & World Report” rankings reviews. This is one of many accolades it has received. It was also named one of the best family cars of 2010 by Edmunds.com and “Parenting” magazine. “Kelley Blue Book” named the Kia Soul one of it’s 2010 top 10 coolest new cars under $20,000. Here you can view all the rest of the awards and recognition it has received.
It get a wonderful 24MPG city/30 highway, and has dual front seat mounted side airbags. It comes with a option for a sunroof, rear spoiler, Bluetooth wireless technology and a audio package upgrade that includes speaker lights. The MSRP price ranges from $13,300 to 18,195. One of the best features about this car is its cool, boxy exterior. Even the name of the car is interesting. The fun and unique look coupled with the affordability makes it a very popular car.
Consumer Reports – www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/buying-advice/best-worst-cars-review/best-new-vehicles-under-25000/best-new-vehicles-under-25000.htm
U.S. News & World Report – usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/Affordable-Small-Cars/
Car and Driver – buyersguide.caranddriver.com/