Each week, Boston.com profiles several cars that consumers can find for below a certain price point in an effort to help you find your dream car faster. The cars listed here include new and used models and consider current financial incentives, and the prices are either starting MSRPs for newer vehicles or Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price for used vehicles.
2017 Chevrolet Spark
Starting MSRP: $13,000
Why it’s worth the price: The Spark is a strong choice among subcompact vehicles and is the right shape for maneuvering around a notoriously congested city like Boston. This car has built-in Wi-Fi, AppleCarPlay, 10 standard airbags, and a rearview camera. It gets a combined fuel economy of 33 mpg with either a manual or automatic transmission. For an added cost, the Spark is also available as a battery electric vehicle.
Current incentives: Chevy is offering two maintenance visits that includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and a 27-point inspection, and five years or 60,000 miles of 24-hour road-side assistance. Contact your local Chevrolet dealership for more details.
2010 Subaru Outback
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $13,546
Why it’s worth the price: The 2010 Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg. There’s lots of cargo space—as in, 34.3 cubic square feet—for hauling your stuff. And if you’re getting a car with a family in mind, the Outback was named a Top Safety Pick by IIHS in 2010, which makes it safer than most other vehicles.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2010 Subaru Outback in good or better condition (meaning it has no significant mechanical issues but may require some body work) can range from as little as $11,805 to as much as $15,286 and has a typical mileage of about 93,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2016 Ford Fiesta
Starting MSRP: $14,090
Why it’s worth the price: The Ford Fiesta is one of the top-rated subcompact vehicles on the market. It’s available as either a sedan or a hatchback, can seat up to five, comes with a voice-activated infotainment system, and offers 12.8 cubic feet of storage space (more with the seats folded down). It’s agile, fun to drive, has a great fuel economy of 28 mpg city / 36 mpg highway, and is also the right shape for driving in Boston.
Current incentives: Ford is currently offering a lease deal on the Fiesta of $145 per month for 36 months with up to $3,000 due at signing (less for current Ford lessees). Contact your local Ford dealership for more details.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage
Starting MSRP: $12,995
Why it’s worth the price: One of the most compelling reasons to consider getting a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is its outstanding fuel economy. The Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Its infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it offers sufficient cargo room, and it comes standard with a rearview camera and seven air bags.
Current incentives: Mitsubishi is backing the Mirage with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the longest warranties out there. Additional options are also available. Contact your local Mitsubishi dealership for more information.
2012 Hyundai Sonata
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $11,625
Why it’s worth the price: The 2012 Hyundai Sonata offers a strong fuel economy of 24 mpg city / 35 mpg highway. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, an attractive and spacious cabin, and 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a lot for its class. Plus, IIHS named the 2012 Sonata a Top Safety Pick winner, so it’s a vehicle you can feel safe driving.
Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2012 Hyundai Sonata in good or better condition with about 60,000 miles on the odometer can be purchase for between $10,698 and $12,551. Search local used car dealerships to find one.
2016 Toyota Yaris
Starting MSRP: $14,895
Why it’s worth the price: The Toyota Yaris has an attractive cabin, comfortable seats, a touchscreen display, and voice-recognition technology. It gets a decent fuel economy of 30 mpg city / 37 mpg highway and up to 15.6 cubic feet of cargo space, depending on the trim. IntelliChoice says the Yaris offers above-average ownership value.
Current incentives: Toyota is offering 0.9 percent APR financing for 60 months and $500 cash back on the 2016 Toyota Yaris. Rebates valued at $750 are available for college graduates and military members. Contact your local Toyota dealership for more information.
2013 Chevrolet Impala
KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $12,224
Why it’s worth the price: The 2013 Chevy Impala is a strong choice among large cars because it comes standard with a powerful V6 engine that offers a smooth ride and spacious rear seats and can fit up to six people. It has 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for its class. But its fuel economy is 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway, which is lower than average for the segment.
Current incentives: KBB.com estimates a used 2013 Chevy Impala will have just under 50,000 miles on the odometer. KBB.com’s fair market range for an Impala in good or better condition is between $10,708 and $13,739. Search local used car inventory to find one.
2016 Kia Rio
Starting MSRP: $14,165
Why it’s worth the price: The Kia Rio, available as a sedan or a hatchback, is another strong choice among subcompact vehicles. While it delivers strong acceleration and a roomy interior, it has a below-average fuel economy of 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway. The sedan provides 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, the hatchback 15. When the seats are folded down, the hatchback’s cargo space increases to 49.8 cubic feet, which is much more than average.
Current incentives: Kia is offering zero to 1.9 percent APR financing for 66 months, plus $750 bonus cash for qualified buyers. Another offer promises $1,500 cash back for qualified buyers. Additional promotions are offered for college students, military members, and more. Contact your local Kia dealership for more information.
2016 Nissan Versa
Starting MSRP: $11,990
Why it’s worth the price: On the plus side, the 2016 Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable subcompact vehicles available. On the con side, it does not offer many exciting perks. The Versa has a spacious interior and lots of trunk space. The engine is good for driving around the city, but it may struggle on the highway. The manual base transmission gets an average fuel economy of 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway, which is average for the class. An available automatic transmission significantly improves the fuel economy.
Current incentives: According to Edmunds.com, Nissan is offering bonus cash for leasing and retail purchases. Bonus cash offers are also available for recent college graduates. Contact your local Nissan dealership for more information.