These are the 3 most affordable cars in America in 2022
Cars are widely considered one of the most expensive commodities, and for many Americans an automobile can be the most expensive purchase of a lifetime. According to analysts at car research website KBB.com, the average transaction price for a new car is now more than $45,000 (September 2021 data). However, despite that shocking number there are plenty of options available well below the average new-car price for folks on a budget. Here’s a look at new cars for less than $20,000 — the least expensive 2022 models available in America. Note: Prices shown are for base-level trims and do not include destination charges or additional options.
2021 Nissan Versa
Base MSRP: $14,980
For many years, the Nissan Versa had the lowest price of all new cars throughout America, although in 2020 the Japan-based brand relinquished that title when introducing the all-new Versa. The new Nissan Versa now has new styling, a premium interior, the latest high-tech safety features and a much-improved ride. The base-level Versa S is equipped surprisingly well for the price, with features including Zero Gravity front seats; a pushbutton start; three USB ports; a 7-inch color touchscreen display; Bluetooth connectivity and streaming; a rearview monitor; and 15-inch steel wheels. Also standard is Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, high-beam headlight assist, rear automatic braking and lane-departure warning.
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
Base MSRP: $14,645
Not only one of the most affordable new cars in America, Mitsubishi’s entry subcompact Mirage is also the new car with the least power — a mere 78 horsepower emanates from its 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine. Although power output is low, the Mirage delivers excellent fuel economy with an EPA-rated 36 mpg city / 43 mpg highway. For 2021 the Mirage received fresh exterior styling as well as a range of new features. Standard equipment on the base-level Mirage ES includes automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera, and an AM/FM audio system with four speakers. Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection is also standard equipment on every Mirage.
2022 Chevrolet Spark
Base MSRP: $13,600
And the winner goes to…. Chavrolet Spark! The least expensive of all new cars available in America, the stylish and fun-to-drive Spark is available in several bright colors with funky names such as Nitro Yellow, Red Hot and Cayenne Orange Metallic. The Spark’s 1.4-liter engine produces 98 horsepower while delivering up to 38 mpg on the highway. Standard equipment on the base-level Spark LS includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a rearview camera and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.