Smart Fortwo Coupe

2012 Smart Fortwo
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The 2012 ForTwo Coupe is one hell of a competent vehicle in this category. The USP of the vehicle is its compact size, which fits in almost anywhere and thus it becomes a popular small car for small garages in Europe. The styling is different and unique, which gets a lot of attention. The vehicle can be fun for daily city dwelling and surprisingly it offers spacious interiors too. On the downside, the vehicle is relatively expensive at $12,490 for its size and features at hand. Well, it is not a very high price tag, but the fact is cheaper and bigger sub-compacts offer much more than this one. Within city limits the vehicle offers 33mpg and on highways it can offer 41mpg.


Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris 2012
Yaris, 2012

The direct injection technology in the 1.5liter 4 cylinder engine maximizes the gas economy of the new Yaris. On city roads, it can offer 29mpg and on highways the MPG goes up to 36mpg. This assures very low fuel cost over a period of 5 years when compared to its rivals. The market price of this vehicle is $13,818 and its five-year fuel cost is estimated to be around $7,737. Being a Toyota, the vehicle’s depreciation is also low, which once again gives it an edge over its competitors. The best part about 2012 Toyota Yaris is that the important safety amenities like safety airbags, stability control, and ABS are standard across the board, and you don’t need to shell out extra money on them.


2012 Ford Fiesta

2012 Ford Fiesta
2012 Ford Fiesta

This is one affordable vehicle that brings in premium features to the compact vehicle segment. Ford welcomes back Fiesta as 2012 Ford Fiesta edition. The vehicle is a perfect mix of affordability, smooth drivetrain and awesome on road handling. Even the entry-level models get the complete line of important safety features like seven safety airbags, stability and traction control and ABS. The gas economy figures are 28mpg/37mpg on city/highways. You get all of these just for a market price of $13,212.


2012 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra 2012
Elantra 2012

2012 Elantra is available both in sedan and coupe body styles. The pricing of this vehicle has not yet been officially announced but the coupe version is already considered as one of the best upcoming buys in affordable car segments. The Number 1 Korean auto manufacturer has launched the coupe version for the first time and it was not a part for any earlier model year.

With a move like this, the auto experts are already calling Hyundai, a new Honda, and it’s sure to dominate its segment in 2012.


Kia Forte 2012 Edition

Kia Forte 2012 Edition
Kia Forte 2012 Edition

Yes, we end the list with another Korean or rather another Kia, which is known for manufacturing the most affordable vehicles. 2012 Kia Forte is marketed in all body styles like a sedan, hatchback, and coupe. The starting MSRP of the sedan is $15,200, that of a coupe is $17,200 and the hatchback is slightly costlier at $18,100; however it is the hatchback that offers best gas economy figures of 26mpg on city streets and 36mpg on highways. The above mentioned top 10 affordable cars for 2012 cover the needs and requirements of different kind of budget oriented buyers. In other words there is something for everyone, so pick the one for you and save money while you drive your favorite car!


  1. I think Suzuki Sx4 and Hyundai Accent should’ve also been placed in this list. These are also really affordable and well-designed cars.


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