The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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List Criteria: Cars must be valued at $35,000 or less.

A list of the best inexpensive cars you'd actually love to own. Sure, it's simple to go out and find a bottom-end, new car for $12k, but more often than not, that's an automobile bought out of necessity instead of desire. These are cars you'd actually be proud to have as your daily driver.

Since "inexpensive", "cheap", and "affordable" are all relative terms, we're going to set the limit a little high at $35k so the list can include the cheapest entry models of most major brands. All types of vehicles are included: sports, trucks, luxury, sedan, hybrid, new, and old. You name it. If it costs less than 35k, and you'd love to own it, then it belongs on this list. Good inexpensive cars are actually not that hard to find, especially if you're equipped with this hand lust of the top cheap cars. In face, some of the nicest cars around are actually really affordable.

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    Audi

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    Nissan

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    General Motors, Chevrolet

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    Ford

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    Mercedes-Benz

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    Mazda

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    Mitsubishi

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    Dodge

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    Infiniti

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    General Motors, Cadillac

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    Honda

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    BMW

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    Acura

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    Honda

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    Mazda

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    Volkswagen

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    Volkswagen

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    Subaru, Subaru Impreza

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    Chrysler, Jeep

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    Volvo

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    Honda

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    Ford

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    Ford Focus ST is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Ford Focus ST

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    Ford

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    Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki

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    added by jonnoscampertrailers
    Porsche

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    Toyota

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    Chrysler

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    Nissan GTR is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

    ranked low on reranks & added by EzequielChávez
    sport car  V6   3.8 liter  

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    Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki

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    added by jonnoscampertrailers
    Pontiac, General Motors, Holden

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    added by jonnoscampertrailers
    Chrysler, Dodge

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    + 28
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    added by jonnoscampertrailers
    General Motors, Chevrolet

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    Toyota

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    Honda

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    Volvo

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    added by Embodiment of Life
    Alfa Romeo

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    Mazda

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    Buick

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    Volkswagen

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    Volkswagen

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    + 37
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    Toyota

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    Hyundai

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    Volkswagen Golf R is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

    added by chrisbenhaas
    Volkswagen Golf R

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fiat

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    + 57
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    added by dayton72
    Hyundai Small, fun, sharp looking

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    + 11
    - 28

    added by jonnoscampertrailers
    Renault

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    Ford

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    + 40
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    Subaru BRZ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

    ranked low on reranks & added by Switchdoctor
    Subaru

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dodge

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