SPEAKER: So you're thinking of buying a new car this year, but you're tight on funds. And you're not quite sure where to start. Well, don't worry. We've got you covered. These are the top 10 cheapest cars you can buy in 2023. But before I get into it, make sure you subscribe to our channel and head over to visit edmunds.com to find your next car.
Now, keep in mind, these prices do change. So what I'm giving you are all accurate numbers as of this recording. OK, getting right into it at number 10. It's a vehicle that just got a slight overhaul last year. Well, it's arguably still a step behind, say, the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. We think the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta S is a more viable alternative after its recent updates.
Oh, and another plus, at least, if you're a car enthusiast, it also comes with a standard 6-speed manual. Its price isn't as bad either. Its MSRP is a little over $21,700 and includes about $1,000 for destination. Overall, we think this Jetta S is a pleasingly smooth ride, has ample storage in the cabin, and is a pretty fun drive. So it could be a good choice that also won't empty [CLICKING] your pockets.
Moving on to number nine, the 2024 Chevy Trax LS. So here's the deal. The Trax was actually killed off for the 2023 model year. But Chevy had other plans for the plucky little crossover. And boom, a new model is back for 2024. And it looks so much better than it did before.
That said, what's that price looking like? Well, it's going to put you a smidge under the Jetta S at $21,500. And this baby doesn't go on sale until later this spring. I know, bummer. So we haven't tested it yet. And we're still waiting to hear about some of its specs. But you can expect a step up in the interior, some neat tech, and an exterior that could surprise you.
For number eight, it may not be surprising and that this manufacturer has a good range of cost-effective cars in its fleet. At $200 less than our number nine Chevy truck spot, it's the 2023 Kia Soul LX. Its MSRP is a little over $21,000. And that's with destination. So what will you get with that kind of cash?
Well, this boxy shaped soul-- say that 10 times fast-- delivers a roomy passenger cabin and cargo space. We also think it's a fun drive with above-average handling, and a smartly-tuned transmission. Now, despite some minor issues, this small SUV is one of the best out there.
Next up at the number seven spot, it's a vehicle that totally delivers on the most important aspects for a small sedan. It's stylish. It's comfortable. And it's well-stocked with some pretty advanced safety and tech features. I'm talking the 2023 Nissan Sentra S. Price point-wise, it's our last stop in the $21,000 range and at a little over that number. And it comes standard with a continuously variable transmission or CVT.
Now, though, its performance is a bit underwhelming, we overall think the Sentra S is a solid choice. It's bigger than a lot of the other cars on this list. And it's a good choice if safety features and value are your top priorities. Oh, and just to throw a little bonus out there, this one misses our list by just a hair. But if you like Nissan's and you want an SUV, this Nissan Kicks S. Full pun intended there. Seriously, though, the Kicks S Crossover also comes standard with CVT and is almost at the same price point as the Sentra S. So hey, you've got options.
Hyundai's smallest SUV is making our list at number six. It's the 2023 Hyundai Venue SE. And the Venue packs a lot into a very compact package like me. Anyway, what it does best, well, it excels at everyday tasks and is comfortable enough to take on a road trip too. It's a great value and comes with most of the latest safety and technology features. For all of that, you'll walk away paying under $21,000 for it. And that's with the CVT that comes standard. So if you want something more practical and stylish, then a subcompact sedan, it'll be worth your time to check out the venue.
All right, we've reached the halfway point of our list, number five. And this is where it gets really interesting because we're almost to the number one spot of the cheapest car you can buy. All right, now, yes, I'm excited. Now, this sedan at number five is roomy and provides extra traction in bad weather because of its standard all-wheel drive.
It's the 2023 Subaru Impreza Sedan. Now, it comes standard with a 5-speed manual. And it's going to run you around $20,800 or $22,000 with an automatic. So not bad. Now, it's worth noting, there is a new version of the Impreza coming on its way for 2024. It won't be available until this summer. And it will be too expensive to make our list, sorry. Prices will start at 24K. Yeah, not happening.
Well, at number fourish, it's a tie with number five. And you could think of it as a small sedan all grown up. So cute. It's the 2023 Kia Forte LX. Now, we think it has great value for the money with utility that's pretty much above average. So what's it going to cost you? Well, right now, its MSRP is at the same spot as the Impreza coming in at a couple hundred dollars under $21,000.
Now, the LX is comfortable has a healthy list of available features and comes with a generous 10-year warranty. Another plus in our book. Now, Kia is really starting to dominate our list here. At the number three spot, yet, another affordable sedan from the automaker, the 2023 Kia Rio LX.
Now, look, this is a smaller vehicle that will work well for you if you need something decent to get you from A to point B. It's easy to drive and reasonably comfortable. Kia's warranty is great on this one too. The price, well, it's well under $20,000. You'll save quite a bit if you choose this Kia over the Forte. And this Rio LX is pretty significant starting a couple hundred less than 18K, including destination.
To be honest, there's not much personality to this Rio. But hey, if you need something inexpensive and practical, the Rio might serve your needs perfectly. If the Rio doesn't get you all charged up, what about a car that's literally one of the lowest-priced cars you can buy on sale today? I mean, that's why we're here, right?
Sitting at number two on our list, it's the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback. Now, you might consider it because it has good fuel economy, a long warranty, and, of course, its price. I know. You're dying to know what it is. It's just a few hundred less than the Rio. But savings is savings. Am I right?
Now, it comes in at a little over $17,600. That's nice, right? OK, yeah, it's a bit loud, and it's really slow. But it still comes in at an affordable price. And that's why it's on our list. Number one, it's the cheapest car you can buy right now. It's the 2023 Nissan Versa S. Now, we think it's a well-built small sedan with great fuel economy, plenty of space inside, and enough standard technology and safety features to easily justify its price. And that price is-- I feel like I need a drumroll somewhere.
Thank you, producers. OK, the cheapest car you can buy on the market right now comes in at 17K. Yes, get excited. With this price, the Versa S comes standard with a 5-speed manual. There's an option for CVT. But the cheapest model with that is a little over $18,000. Well, there you have it. We just did the facts and figures for you. So now, you can go pick what's best for you and your family and hit the road. Now, come on, get. I'm a go too.