It’s no secret that economy cars are slowly but surely becoming the norm and are no longer limited to subcompact and compact cars. However, some cars are still pretty cheap, comfortable, and fuel-efficient, and you can get one that doesn’t have a lot of features.
It’s that time again when you see a new car on the road and want to know how much it costs. But how does one compare one maker of the car to another? With so many models, styles, and options, it can be difficult to compare the costs of different models. To make it easier, we have put together a list of the top 5 economical cars.
- Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius, the top-selling hybrid car in America, is the poster child for environmentally-friendly vehicles. It is so popular that the Prius name has become a noun and verb – a Prius is a car (or a hybrid car), and a Prius owner is a Prius driver. The car has also sparked debate about whether hybrids are too expensive and worth the extra cost over other cars.
- Mercedes E-Class
The Mercedes E-Class has been one of the most respected luxury vehicles on the market for years. It has won the “Best Luxury Car” award at the annual motor show in Frankfurt, Germany, and it has also been ranked three times as “Best Luxury Car” in the “World’s 10 Best Cars” by Top Gear. The E-Class is marketed as a “special” crossover, which means it has more elegance than its more generic cargo vans and SUV cousins. The E-Class is a six-seat vehicle, which means a lot of space for passengers and provides a lot of room for cargo.
- Kia Optima Sportswagon
For some, it’s time to get back into the routine of school or work, so the Kia Optima Sportswagon is a good option. The mid-sized sedan offers a larger car’s comfort and the fuel efficiency of a compact model. If that sounds like your driving style, the Kia Optima Sportswagon may be worth a look. Kia unveiled their new 2016 Optima Sportswagon at the Beijing Auto Show, and the Korean automaker plans to start selling it in Korea early next year. Although the Sportswagon is based on the Optima Sedan, its unique exterior styling results from a joint design process that saw Kia collaborate with Ford’s global design studio and Insignia Design Group. The Sportswagon’s front end features a unique grille with LED headlights that wrap around the front fenders, albeit slightly different from the Ford version. The Sportswagon’s rear end features a modified version of the Sedan’s taillights, in addition to a new rear bumper with chrome trim.
- Volvo V90
All of us know that Volvo has been a popular car brand in India for a long time, and both of them are based on the same platform. The two new models are the Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country. The Volvo V90 is the first model in its segment to receive the new generation of Volvo’s award-winning design language, and the car also comes with the latest safety features such as the 360-degree camera and pedestrian and cyclist detection system.
- BMW i8
The BMW i8 is an electric sports car developed by the German manufacturer BMW. It is priced close to $200,000 and has been described as a “stealth” car. In the media, it is more often referred to as the “i8”. The i8 has an electric motor (mid-mounted), a rear-mounted electric motor, and an electric-only front differential. BMW claims a range of about 300 miles on one charge, depending on the driving conditions, and can be fully recharged in less than 40 minutes. When it comes to maintenance and repair, some people make use of the BMW repair manual and others go to service centers.
No matter what you drive, getting a new car is always a big financial investment. As soon as you drive off the lot, you’ll be hit with a good chunk of change in down payments, monthly payments, and maintenance fees. What’s more, the more you drive, the more you’ll spend on gas. No wonder it’s so important to find a car that’s both economical and a good fit for your lifestyle.