5 Sweet New Rides Under $12K

  • 2009 Smart fortwo Coupe

    The 2009 Smart (Stock Quote: DAI) fortwo Coupe may only have a "radio-ready console," but this little jellybean of a car has a top speed of 90 miles per hour, and it's so tiny that two can fit horizontally in one average parking space. But let’s face it: If you’re reading this, you’re likely more concerned with fuel economy and price, and the Smart fortwo Coupe ranked as the most fuel efficient, all gas-powered vehicle by fueleconomy.gov.List Price: $11,990Transmission: push-button switch from automatic to manualCombined Gas Mileage: 36 miles per gallonHorsepower: 70 hpPhoto Credit: Smart USA   Join the MainStreet team on Facebook! (you'll like it)
    2009 Hyundai Accent
  • 2009 Hyundai Accent

    For $9,970, you can get a bare-bones 2009 Hyundai Accent. And one step up from the base model will still cost just $11,070.   List Price: $9,970 (base)Transmission: Five-speed manualCombined Gas Mileage: 29 mpgHorsepower: 110 hpPhoto Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA   Follow the MainStreet team on Twitter (srsly, do it)
    2009 Nissan Versa Sedan
  • 2009 Nissan Versa Sedan

    This version of the Versa (Stock Quote: NSANY) isn’t the hatchback from the television show Heroes. But it is incredibly cheap and it’s an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. The ULEV designation means that it’s 50% cleaner than the average new model year car. List Price: $9,990Transmission: Five-speed manualCombined Gas Mileage: 28 mpgHorsepower: 107 hp Photo Credit: Nissan
    2009 Kia Rio
  • 2009 Kia Rio

    "As Kia's smallest car, the 2009 Rio boasts the brand's smallest price, making it one of the least expensive new cars you can buy in the United States," according to Edmunds.com. "If a rock-bottom price for basic transportation with a great warranty is your primary concern, the base Kia Rio is hard to beat. But others are more fuel efficient," the car experts add.List Price: $11,495Transmission: Five-speed manualCombined Gas Mileage: 30 mpgHorsepower: 110 hpPhoto Credit: Kia
    2009 Chevrolet Aveo
  • 2009 Chevrolet Aveo

    OnStar service comes standard on the $11,965 Chevy (Stock Quote: GM http://www.mainstreet.com/stocks.html?symbol=gm) Aveo, a four-door hatchback. That includes its Safe & Sound package which includes automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlocking, emergency services and roadside assistance.List Price: $11,965Transmission: Five-speed manualCombined Gas Mileage: 28 mpgHorsepower: 106 hpPhoto Credit: General Motors   MainStreet Twitter feed (opens in new window)
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