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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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    Nissan Altima is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Nissan Drives and looks like a more expensive car.

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    Renault

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    Volkswagen Golf R is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Volkswagen Golf R

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    Ford Explorer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Ford

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    Hyundai Small, fun, sharp looking

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    Volkswagen

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    Fiat 500 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Fiat

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    Toyota

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    Volkswagen Beetle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Volkswagen

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    Hyundai Sonata is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Hyundai

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    Alfa Romeo Brera is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Alfa Romeo Brera Alfa Romeo

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    Mazda

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    Buick

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    Volvo

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    Pontiac GTO is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Pontiac, General Motors, Holden

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    Chevrolet Corvette is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    General Motors, Chevrolet

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    Honda

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    SRT Viper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Chrysler, Dodge

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    Toyota

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    Nissan GTR is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    sport car  V6   3.8 liter  

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    Porsche 911 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Porsche

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    Suzuki Jimny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

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    Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki

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    Toyota

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    Chrysler 300 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Chrysler

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    Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki

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    Ford Focus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    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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    Honda

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    Ford

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    Volvo C30 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Volvo

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    Chrysler, Jeep

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    Subaru, Subaru Impreza

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    Volkswagen Golf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Volkswagen

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    Volkswagen

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    Honda

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    Mazda

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    BMW 1 Series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    BMW 1 Series BMW

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    Acura

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    Honda

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    General Motors, Cadillac

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    Infiniti G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Infiniti

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    Dodge Challenger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Dodge

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    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Mitsubishi

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    Mazda

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    Mercedes-Benz

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    Ford

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    Chevrolet Camaro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    General Motors, Chevrolet

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    Nissan 370Z is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own


    Nissan

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    Audi A4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Inexpensive Cars You'd Love to Own

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Audi

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