Call it new wheels for $15,000 or less.

Of the 10 least expensive models released, 9 can be had for less than $15,000, according to sales figures from J.D. Power and Associates.  Vehicles on the list are also among the smallest on the road — most are compacts or subcompacts. 

Here are the 10 least expensive models of 2007, along with the average purchase price for each — what the customer pays walking out the door, rather than the price on the window.

10 least expensive 2007 cars
1. Chevrolet Aveo 6. Toyota Yaris
2. Hyundai Accent 7. Ford Focus
3. Suzuki Reno 8. Suzuki Aerio
4. Kia Rio 9. Mazda B-Series
5. Chevrolet Cobalt 10. Suzuki Forenza


Price:

$14,680


Style:

small truck


Mileage:

24 city/ 29 highway


Engine:

4-cylinder/2.3 liter/143 hp


Warranty:

3-year/36000 basic — 5-year/60,000 drive train


Standard Equipment:

Trailer wiring, tachometer, clock, power steering, tire pressure monitoring, variable wipers, side-impact door beam, 40-60 split bench front seat, AM/FM stereo.


Safety Data:

“Acceptable” in front impacts, was not tested in side impacts, and “poor” in rear impacts.
 
9. Mazda B-Series




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Mileage estimates provided by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Safety data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

The prices might be higher than you think after “the customer ends up with the vehicle equipped the way they like and finishes negotiating with the dealer,” says Tom Libby, a senior director of industry analysis for J.D. Power. “These are the prices the customer actually pays.”

Even with upgrades these models cost $13,000 to $15,000. But even among the most affordable cars and trucks “standard equipment” varies widely. It pays to read the fine print to discover whether the base model includes your favorite convenience features, extra niceties or even air conditioning. And while many of these models can be equipped with safety features like anti-lock brakes and several types of airbags, you may have to pay extra. This also goes for features like automatic transmission.

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