By Aaron Bragman on February 23, 2014
There's a certain crowd of people who don't really care what car they drive, in particular. They just want whatever is the cheapest way to get from A to B, period. They want something new, something with a warranty, something efficient. They probably don't even take into consideration the well-written expert reviews on a site like Cars.com penned by experienced automotive journalists.
It is for those people that we've compiled the following list, the top 10 cheapest cars to buy and fuel, the cars that deliver the biggest financial bang for your hard-earned buck.
The formula is simple: Start with the sticker price plus destination fees of the most fuel-efficient yet least-expensive cars on the market, figure how much gas they'll use over eight years based on the EPA's combined mpg rating and 15,000 miles driven per year, add it all together and there you go. The last time we ran this test was in 2008 (click here to see it), and what a difference six years makes. Some things to note about this year's list:
Editor's note: The Top 10 Cheapest New Cars chart above has been updated as of Feb. 25 to correct a pricing error in the Nissan Versa sedan. Our original price was for a Versa S trim with an automatic instead of the Versa S+ with a CVT. However, the fuel-economy figures are correct for the S+ with CVT. The MSRP is $800 higher than the original price, but it is still the cheapest version of the Versa sedan you can buy. The price discrepancy does not impact the Versa's ranking on our list.
Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman grew up in the Detroit area, comes from an automotive family and is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Email Aaron