In this tough economy it seems hard to find a car that is not only dependable but cheap. While many assume a new car would be out of their price range I have found three new cars that are dependable and affordable with low monthly payment options available. I tried to stay in the compact to mid-size car range, for people who do not need or want something large, like me. I also looked into the most environmentally friendly options.
The Kia Rio is a relatively priced small to midsized car. For the 2010 model, it ranges in price from $11,695 to $16,095. It gets gas mileage 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 highway. For the 2009 model, it ranges in price from $11,495 to $14,875. It gets gas mileage of 27 in the city and 32 miles per gallon highway. You can also find use Rio’s for less that $11,495. Some of the stand out features aside from price and MPG range from the car being a hybrid. This means that the Rio is not only dependable and affordable, it is also environmentally friendly. For a small car, it is fairly roomy and has a sleek design. There are many features you can get added onto your Rio including Bluetooth, tilt steering column, and a EcoMinder Indicator. Rios also come in a variety of colors and three models are available. The website for the Kia Rio has an option where you can customize your Rio and estimate how much you would pay for monthly payments.
The Honda Civic is another affordable and dependable small car. It ranges in price from $15,455 to $24,455 for the 2010 models. For 2009 models, it ranges from $15,305 to $24,305. Miles per gallon on the 2010 models are 25 city and 36 highway. For the 2009 models they are 26 city and 34 highway, so if you go to the 2009 model you are getting slightly better city mileage and slightly worse highway. You can also get used models for less, and Civics have been known for their reliability. According to the official site for the Civic, for the past three decades the Civic has been an environmentally minded car. They claim that they have been adapting to the environmental challenges as they come. Much like the Rio, if you go to the Civics official site you can check out pricing and customizations, as well as accessories for your Civic. The Honda Civic is also available in a hybrid model.
The Volkswagen Jetta was the last car that I looked at but honestly my personal favorite. Which by no means am I saying it is the best. Volkswagen however, has been known for making reliable cars for decades. The Jetta is slightly more expensive than the Rio and the Civic, however, for some it might be worth it. The 2010 models range in price from $17,605 to $23,930. The 2009 models you can get for $17,515 to $23,540. Used Jettas are generally less expensive but equally reliable. The miles per gallon on the Jetta are rather low with 22 city and 30 highway for the 2010 models. The 2009 boast 21 city and 30 highway. Slightly lower than the Rio and the Civic. The one thing that Volkswagen offers that Honda and Kia does not is the Carefree Maintenance. For three years you are guaranteed a courtesy check up on your car for free. Much like the other two cars you can check out their official website for full customization with includes fancies like chrome grills.