As of 2015, the cheapest cars available in the United States include the Nissan Versa, Chevy Spark, Kia Rio LX and the Ford Fiesta, according to Autobytel. Each of these automobiles sell for less than $15,000 brand new.
The Nissan Versa has a starting MSRP of around $11,900 and offers drivers a CD player with an auxiliary input, air conditioning and a 109-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, giving it excellent gas mileage. The Versa also offers a 5-speed manual transmission and plenty of interior room.
The Chevrolet Spark is slightly smaller than the Versa and gets 31 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway. Its small 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine puts out 84 horsepower. Other features of the Spark include 31.2 cubic feet of cargo space, tilt steering, air conditioning, OnStar and auxiliary input.
The Kia Rio comes in either a sedan or hatchback and offers a CD player, satellite radio, USB interface and heated mirrors. With a starting MSRP of only $13,990, the Rio has a 138-horsepower engine and gets 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The base model comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, but an automatic transmission is available for slightly more money.
The Ford Fiesta starts at around $14,445 and is the least expensive car in Ford's lineup. This sporty sedan has a 120-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission and gets 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Other standard features include air conditioning, power windows and door locks and auxiliary input.