America’s Ten Least Expensive New Passenger Vehicles
Buying a vehicle is a costly endeavor for most Americans. Although many of us have some idea of our perfect dream car, the decision regarding which car to purchase often comes down to a question of affordability. Potential car buyers on any kind of budget (that means most of us) must consider not only the price of a vehicle, but the total cost of owning one. Additional costs include interest payments if you took out a loan, as well as fuel costs, insurance premiums, insurance deductibles, registration fees, parking, maintenance, and repair, to name just a few.
Automobile buyers on a budget often prefer manual transmissions, as manual transmissions are more fuel efficient than their automatic counterparts. A vehicle with a manual transmission also costs about a thousand dollars less than the same vehicle with an automatic transmission. That’s one reason why cost-conscious car buyers tend to opt for manual transmissions.
All things considered, here’s a descriptive list of the 10 overall least expensive new passenger cars to own, according to various automotive websites. They are listed in descending order by the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, although the lowest MSRP does not reflect the lowest overall cost of owning the car.
10. The 2015 Lexus ES 300h is the luxury hybrid version of the Lexus ES 350. Desirable features include a quality interior that greatly reduces wind and traffic noise. This green-friendly ride gets roughly 40 mpg on city streets, and 39 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is $40,000.
9. The 2014 Buick Enclave is a comfy SUV with front-wheel drive and room for seven passengers. The gas mileage averages 17 mpg on city streets, and 24 mpg on the highway. The MSRP for the Enclave is around $39,000.
8. The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is probably the least expensive large car you can own. This vehicle is a fuel efficient choice, averaging 40 mpg in the city, and 39 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is currently around $35,000.
7. The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a large SUV that seats up to eight passengers. The Traverse features the lowest total cost of ownership of all large SUVs. Gas mileage is, on average, 17 mpg in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is $30,000.
6. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a Midsize SUV with a high-quality interior and great styling. The Sport averages 20 mpg in the city, and about 27 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is $24,000.
5. The 2014 Toyota Prius Compact is a super green-friendly hybrid with phenomenal gas mileage. The Toyota Prius Compact averages 51 mpg in the city, and 48 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is $24,000.
4. The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a roomy, midsize sedan. This eco-friendly car gets an average gas mileage of 43 mpg in the city, and 39 mpg on the highway. The standard MSRP is $23,000.
3. The 2015 Honda Civic Si is a sporty but affordable coupe. The interior is somewhat lacking in quality, but the Si is known for its great handling and fast acceleration, as long as you don’t mind the noise. The Si averages 22 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is currently set at $22,000.
2. The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a small, affordable SUV with cool styling and all-weather capability. The Crosstrek gets great gas mileage for an SUV, averaging about 23 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. The MSRP for the Crosstrek is $21,000.
1. The 2014 Toyota Prius C is the Subcompact counterpart to the above mentioned Toyota Prius compact. The Prius C gets amazing gas mileage, achieving an average of 53 mpg on city streets, and 46 mpg on the highway. The MSRP is a refreshingly affordable $19,000. The Toyota Prius C is known for its reliability and low rate of depreciation.
America’s Ten Most Expensive New Passenger Vehicles
Here’s a rundown of today’s most expensive new passenger cars.
10. Coming in at number 10 is the 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith. This 2-door 4-seater is a sporty Coupe with a convenient automatic transmission, and a price tag of about $285,000. The car comes equipped with a standard 6.6 liter, 12-cylinder engine. The average miles per gallon achieved by the Wraith is 13 mpg on city streets, and 21 mpg on the highway.
9. In 9th place is the 2015 Ferrari FF, another 2-door 4-seater with a handy automatic transmission. This one has a base cost of $295,000, a tad pricier than the Rolls-Royce Wraith, despite the slightly smaller 6.3 liter, 12-cylinder engine. The 2015 Ferrari FF averages 11 miles per gallon in the city, and 16 miles per gallon on the highway.
8. The 2015 Rolls Royce Ghost is a roomy 4-door Sedan with 5 seats. The price ranges from around $287,000 up to about 320,000, depending partly on whether you select the standard Sedan or the EWB Sedan. Both vehicles come equipped with a 6.6 liter, 12-cylinder engine, with an average gas mileage of 13 mpg on city roads and 21 mpg on the highway. Optional features include cruise control and a rear view camera, among other things.
7. Around the same price point is the 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, a cozy, 2-door, 2-seat Coupe, priced at around $320,000. The Berlinetta, like the FF, is standardly made with an automatic transmission and a 6.3 liter, 12-cylinder engine. Despite the smaller size, the Berlinetta gets the same gas mileage as the FF, averaging 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.
6. Next up is the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne. The Muslanne, like the Rolls-Royce Ghost, is a 4-door, 5-seat Sedan with automatic transmission. Available in two types, Base and Speed, this car is priced between $304,000 and $336,000. The Muslanne is equipped with a 6.8 liter, 8-cylinder engine. Average gas mileage is 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.
5. The 5th most expensive passenger car on today’s market is the coveted 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe. This vehicle is a 2-door 4-seater with automatic transmission, and a base price of just over 433,000. The Phantom comes equipped with a 6.8 liter, 12-cylinder engine, and achieves a miles-per-gallon average of 11 in the city and 19 on the highway.
4. Finishing fourth is the opulent 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. With a base price of a little under 475,000, this vehicle has the same engine size and gas mileage as the above mentioned Phantom Coupe, the only difference being that this one is a convertible.
3. In 3rd place is the 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Sedan. This car is a 4-door 5-seater, but is otherwise the same as the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan is priced between 403,000 and 475,000, depending on your chosen features.
2. The 2nd most expensive new passenger vehicle currently on the market is the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador. Priced up to just a little under 549,000, this racy little number is a 2-door 2-seater, available as a Coupe or Convertible, with four trims to choose from. The Aventador features a 6.5 liter, 12-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The priciest Aventador is the LP720-4 50th Anniversario Roadster.
1. Finally, the most expensive new passenger vehicle on the market is the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, a 2-door, 2-seat Convertible available in two trims. The Spyder features a 4.6 liter, 8-cylinder engine with automatic transmission, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, an integrated navigation system, and a full set of airbags. Other features include magnesium wheels, cruise control, traction control, and all-wheel drive. All this can be yours for anywhere from 845,000 to about 929,000. The Spyder also gets relatively good gas mileage for a luxury car, averaging 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
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