Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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The price you pay for a new vehicle depends on your individual negotiation with the dealer, but you can start here with the manufacturer's suggested retail price before discounts, incentives and rebates.

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Nissan VersaStarting MSRP: About $11,000

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Introduced in 2007, the Nissan Versa sedan is a subcompact that offers a surprising amount of space. Its back seat is large for its size and it has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, yielding more passenger and cargo space than its competitors. The Versa is powered by a 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine and is paired with six-speed manual, four-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission. Standard features include air conditioning, auxiliary 12-volt power outlet, as well as side-impact and side-curtain airbags. The top-of-the-line model also comes with cruise control, power windows and door locks, speed-sensitive volume on the audio system and keyless entry and start. Go »
Kia RioStarting MSRP: About $11,500

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The subcompact Kia Rio holds its own in a segment that has grown more competitive in recent years. While it is slightly smaller overall and has slightly less trunk space than its nearest competitors have, the Rio actually has a bit more passenger space than its competition. Power comes from a 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with either five-speed manual or four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. Base models have very few standard features, but the nicely equipped LX, which starts at just over $13,000, comes standard with air conditioning, auto-off headlights, 60/40-split bench seat and MP3 input jack as well as side-impact and side curtain airbags. Go »
Chevrolet Aveo LSStarting MSRP: About $12,000

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While considered a subcompact, the Aveo sedan is actually slightly longer and wider than its competition and features flexible seating to help accommodate a variety of passenger and cargo needs. The front passenger seat folds flat and the 60/40-split rear seat also folds. For 2010, the Chevrolet Aveo's engine gets two more horsepower, bringing the 1.6-liter engine to 108 horsepower total. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic is optional. Standard features on all models include power steering, MP3 input jack and side-impact airbags for front seat occupants. Available features include leather-like upholstery, XM Satellite Radio and anti-lock brakes. Go »
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