Are you on a budget but you don't want to get into one of those used or pre-owned cars because you had a bad experience? Or you just don't want to take the risk of getting a lemon or one with a serious hidden damage. New subcompact sized cars can be had under $13,000, and you also get a great gas mileage as a bonus.
Here are the top choices of 2013 compact cars under $13,000.
1. 2013 Nissan Versa
First of all, 2013 Nissan Versa gets not only over 30+ mpg, but a whopping 40 mpg (highway) which puts in a category of hybrid cars. Well, almost. The car is powered by a 109 horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic or CVT
In order to enjoy 40 mpg, you will have to opt for CVT version but the other 2 transmissions gets almost as good mpg at over 35 mpg. The price starts at $11,990 making it the most affordable new car in North American, and you should be able to negotiate the price below MSRP without any issues.
From a distance, this car looks to have expensive aspirations with a resemblance of its bigger brothers from Nissan and Infiniti. The designed changed to more curvier and lower roof-line from its boxier style in previous years.
The Versa's suspension is soft and absorbent compared to many other small-car models, so ride quality is quite good, and the Versa soaks up urban potholes or freeway choppiness quite well.
2. 2013 Chevrolet Spark LS
Chevy Spark is a rather good looking car in its class and especially when you consider the price tag of $13,000 including air conditioning, power windows, alloy wheels instead of cheap look steel wheels, and ten airbags!
You can get 38 miles on highway for every gallon of gas, and testers confirmed that the numbers are achievable without difficulty. The engine is somewhat tiny compared to its competitors at 1.2-liter producing 84 horsepower. It is definitely not class leading when it comes to acceleration capability.
However, the car is reviewed to have the most stable ride in its class, thanks to its added size for 2013. If you do drive a lot of highway driving, this car is probably not suitable for you, and that goes same for pretty much all other cars in sub-subcompact class.
3. 2013 Ford Fiesta
If you want good driving dynamics, high-tech interior features and great gas mileage, critics agree there are few small cars that top the 2013 Ford Fiesta.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta comes with a four-cylinder engine, which test drivers say provides adequate power in most situations. Still, some note that the Fiesta could use more power for highway merging and passing. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, which many reviewers say makes the best use of the engine’s power. A six-speed automated manual transmission is available.
The 2013 Fiesta gets 29/39 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Additionally, an optional SFE package boosts fuel economy to 40 mpg on the highway. Although it doesn’t have as much power as some reviewers would like, most agree that the 2013 Ford Fiesta is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. They note that the Fiesta offers a composed ride and athletic handling, which makes it stand out in comparison with small cars that aren’t as nimble.