If a consumer with bad credit is looking to buy a brand new car, they should look for an affordable option. However, just because a vehicle is affordably priced doesn't mean that it's a good car to buy. Some affordable new cars should be avoided by buyers with both good and bad credit.
The good news is that, for every affordably priced vehicle with low ratings, there is a highly rated option that is just as nicely priced.
Affordable New Cars with Good Prices and Poor Reviews
The U.S. News and World Report Car Rankings are based on how well or poorly cars are reviewed by leading critics. And, according to these rankings, each of the following models is at the bottom of its class.
Of course, none of these vehicles are all bad. In fact, all of the cars listed below have some great features. But as far as affordable new cars go, there are better options to consider.
The 2017 Nissan Versa
The 2017 Versa boasts the lowest starting price in its class (subcompact), as well as "outstanding" EPA-estimated fuel economy if purchased with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). But the base model Versa comes with notably few standard features. For example, power windows and power lock doors are not included in the lowest trim level. The basic engine has also been described as "underwhelming."
For just a little more money, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark can be purchased. Test drivers of this subcompact car have noted that the base engine actually offers pretty good acceleration. The Spark is also equipped with an easy-to-use infotainment system and lots of smartphone connectivity options. And with very decent handling, it's actually fun to drive.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
With the 2017 Lancer, an all-wheel drive option is available, and this compact car handles fairly well. But the cabin has been described as noisy and cheaply made. The Lancer also offers lower EPA-estimated fuel economy than its rivals and comes with few standard features. Even the trunk is considered to be small for its class.
If they're willing to pay a little more, a buyer can pick up a 2017 Subaru Impreza, which comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). While the Impreza does little to excite driving enthusiasts, it does offer its fair share of value. In addition to AWD, a base model comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. And with its 2017 redesign, this compact car now has a sleeker look and better (IIHS) safety ratings.
The 2017 Chrysler 200
2017 will be the last model year for the Chrysler 200, and it's fairly easy to see why. While it isn't a bad car, it is a lackluster car in a segment dominated by heavy hitters. The 2017 200 offers a stylish exterior and an "upscale" interior. There are also plenty of high-tech safety features available. However, this midsize car truly fails when it comes to performance and EPA-estimated fuel economy. It is also saddled with a low predicted reliability rating.
For a little less money, drivers can choose the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. This midsize car has an "excellent" predicted reliability rating and plenty of room for families. The newly redesigned Malibu is also equipped with an impressive infotainment system and it gets decent (EPA-estimated) gas mileage for its class. It may not be the most fun car to drive, but it's a sensible and affordably priced option for practical buyers.
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