There are many reasons why people buy a car. Many of them buy the car because they need it; however, there are also people who buy a car simply because they want to look rich. If you wish to look rich with your car, buying a used car under $20,000 or used cars under $12,000 is indeed not an option because instead of making you look rich, used car gives an impression that you are on budget and you are by no means rich. Because buying a new car is your only option, you have to make sure that you can buy a new car that makes you look rich but doesn’t make you waste too much money. The following are new cars under $15,000 that are reasonably priced but can indeed make you look rich and elite.
1. Ford Focus
With price range between $13,350 and $14,861, 2014 Ford Focus can be your best car if an efficient, comfortable and stylish compact sedan is your car of choice. You can get a whole new car if you buy the one with SE trim as significant changes are present in the car’s interior, including leather-wrapped steering wheel and sport cloth seats, and its spoiler. Your Ford Focus will look and feel very much different from its current competitors, especially Kia Forte and Chevy Cruze, and even from its predeceasing counterparts.
2. Ford Fiesta
If you prefer a subcompact car instead of a compact one, Focus’s closest cousin, Ford Fiesta, should be your choice. Both cars are very much identical, especially if you take a look at its interior because both boast such features as similar gauge cluster, center stack and switchgear. However, the size of the car, as well as its powertrain, shows that both cars are different. This new model might be a better choice than the aforementioned Ford Focus if you are looking for the latest model of either car, especially because the new model of Ford Focus, with price that is still above $16,000, doesn’t qualify for our listing.
3. Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Accent is one of the budget-friendliest new cars under $15,000 in our list. Tagged at slightly below $15,000, this car can still offer the best price without having to sacrifice its comfort and style. From this latest model, you can expect such new features as tilt or telescopic steering wheel and auto-up window. The sliding sun-visor extensions and blind-spot mirror that come with this model will make sure that you can drive your car more conveniently and safely.
4. Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra has always been Accent’s more popular sister, especially after it underwent thorough changes in its 2014 model. Its more daring exterior and its more featured interior when compared to those of Accent make Elantra always a more favorable option for people who wish to show off with their thrifty budget. Although this model underwent many changes last year, there are not many changes that you can find in the latest model, except new colors and three new option packages. This is always a good car if you are looking for a comfortable and feature-rich compact car.
5. Nissan Versa
For those with thrifty budget, Nissan Versa is good news because it is not only the cheapest Nissan car, but also the cheapest car. This model is available in two versions: the sedan and the five-door hatchback, which is released under the name Versa Note. Designed to be a very budget-friendly car, Nissan Versa may not offer too many exclusive features. Its interior is roomy enough, though not feature-laden. Its fuel economy is another feature that makes this car one of the easiest new cars under $15,000 on the wallet. The new front and rear fasciae introduced in the latest sedan model will truly make this car the cheapest car that makes you look rich.
6. Nissan Sentra
Compared to its competitors, including Ford Focus and Mazda3, the newly revamped 2014 Nissan Sentra is considered superior in its comfort, in-car entertainment and navigation, and style, although this car is not as powerful as them. Nissan Sentra allows you to be electronically connected to your car. With its NissanConnect Apps, you can make your car and your laptop work in total accord. Nissan Sentra also features Easy Fill Tire Alert, which makes sure that the car’s tires are always at the correct pressure.
7. Chevy Cruze
Chevy Cruze is a compact sedan with design that is oriented toward comfortable ride, strength and solidity. This car is suitable for those who expect a powerful diesel compact car that is fuel-efficient. The 2014 model introduces a new powerful 1.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged engine, which provides not only ample torque, but also efficient fuel consumption. This car is designed to be a powerful and fuel-efficient compact car, although those who prefer more sporty driving experience may prefer Subaru Impreza, which is its direct competitor.
8. Chevy Sonic
Chevy Sonic is Chevy’s subcompact car that boasts very convenient driving experience and substantial interior feel that beats its competitors, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. With precise steering, smooth ride, and nimble suspension when covering corners, Chevy Sonic is indeed destined to be a convenient car for those expecting ease of driving. Sonic also offers interior that looks high-end and fully-integrated wireless network system, two features that make it a lovable option for younger drivers. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are added to this car to make it a very safe car to drive.
9. Chevy Spark
Chevy Sonic, which is a subcompact car, is not the smallest Chevy car because that position goes to Chevy Spark, which is also the least-expensive Chevy car available. However, despite its size, Chevy Spark boasts interior that is more spacious than you may think. Its exterior also looks great and vibrant with a large selection of colors available for it. Its engine may be tiny and the power that it produces may not go beyond 83 horsepower; however, it is quite nimble when overcoming corners.
10. Jeep Patriot
If you are looking for a tough-looking car that you can still buy with your thrifty budget, Jeep Patriot is your most obvious choice. It is a jeep anyway, so its toughness is beyond question. Jeep Patriot is currently the cheapest SUVs available at the automobile market. Its exterior looks very mean and its interior looks modern, although it lacks telescopic steering wheel, which makes it more difficult to find the most comfortable driving position. Fuel-efficiency is, however, not a feature that you can find in this model. If you expect more fuel-efficient car, you may want to go with Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Forester.
11. Jeep Compass
For those who love the rugged look of Jeep Patriot but doesn’t like its fuel-inefficiency, Jeep Compass is another Jeep option they should look for. The car looks rugged and it can indeed overcome off-road conditions; however, its fuel economy is the biggest feature that makes it a suitable alternative for other Jeep cars. It, however, competes stringently with SUVs like Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V.
12. Kia Soul
If a jeep is too tough and too fuel-inefficient, Kia Soul can be a perfect alternative. Its exterior looks daring, but also darling with its smoother and more stylish lines. Its interior also looks great, especially with the addition of panoramic sunroof on the top of it. If you expect more privacy or if the sun is too hot, you can rely on the totally-opaque sunscreen of the sunroof. Another feature that is not commonly found in new cars under $15,000 is ventilated front seat. With this feature, there will be no sweat flowing on your back when you drive this car.
13. Kia Rio
If you are looking for the cheapest Kia car, Kia Rio is your choice. Kia Rio is available as a sedan and a hatchback. Buyers with limited budget will also love its fuel-efficiency, although Chevy Sonic and Nissan Versa are regarded as better choices for those looking for a fuel-efficient car. Despite its tiny size, the car features interior that is exclusively designed. With leather interior and heated front seat, the car can provide enough comfort both to its driver and its passengers.
14. Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Lancer has many essential features to offer. For those shopping for Subaru Impreza and Ford Focus, this car is not easy to overlook and they will mostly turn their eyes toward it. The car looks great, its rally-inspired turbocharged engine effectively gives the car extra power, it is fuel-efficient, and its safety rating is good enough. Fog and rain will not be a problem anymore when driving this car because heated side mirrors and rain-sensing wipers are introduced in all Mitsubishi Lancer sedan models.
15. Mitsubishi Mirage
This Mitsubishi release is indeed intended to be a budget-friendly car. It is currently one of the cheapest new cars available in this year and it is very fuel-efficient. Its size may be tiny, but its interior space is decent enough and its nicely contoured seats provide enough comfort to its passengers. For US buyers, this car many not have many features to offer. This is why this Thailand-assembled car is deemed more suitable to be a third-world car.
16. FIAT 500
This car busts a myth that Italian cars can never do well in the US market. Its tiny size, which is even smaller than such subcompact cars as Ford Fiesta and Mini Cooper, is proven to be effective in catching the eyes of buyers of expect a cute-looking car. Several favorable features come with its tiny size, including attractive price, fuel economy, and ease of driving. Its 500e variant is a favorable option for buyers expecting an eco-friendly car.
17. FIAT 500L
FIAT 500’s attractive price, fuel-efficiency car and tiny size may be attractive for some people, but there are also buyers who expect a larger car with the same price and fuel-efficiency features. For the latter, FIAT 500L is an answer for their prayer. With interior space that is almost 50% larger than that of its 500 counterpart, FIAT 500L is indeed a better option for those expecting a larger car.
18. Dodge Dart
Most compact cars we have mentioned before, including Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra, and Hyundai Elantra, will find this car an indispensable competitor. This car, which is a modified version of Alfa-Romero, shows the superiority of European car and that of American car combined. You can enjoy spacious interior, stylish exterior and sporty driving experience when driving its car. Some of its notable features include MultiAir engine technology and floating-island dash bezel that is present in Aero, Limited and GT models.
19. Smart fortwo
Our two last positions in this list are dedicated to microcars. Smart fortwo should be mentioned first in this case. Debuted in 2008, it was called the smallest car in the world. With its tiny size come many advantages that you can reap, including cheap rice, fuel efficiency, and ability to be parked everywhere, even at the smallest parking lot. Its tiny turning radius also means that you can turn this car with ease even in a relatively small alley that other cars cannot deal with. The car indeed looks European, but what’s wrong with being European if it is quite charming?
20. Scion IQ
Smart fortwo may have pioneered the microcar tradition, but it is Scion IQ that refined many features of a microcar introduced by fortwo. Both cars are two-seaters, but Scion IQ also features a third seat for a short course and a fourth seat for a child. Some buyers also regard Scion IQ as a car that is more pleasant to drive and better to handle than its Smart counterpart.