March 6, 2009  ·  mail  ·  tech

Mailbag: Cheap New Cars

Jim writes: "I see your point about an old Alfa or something, but I need a new car for the warranty and reliability. Are there any cheap cars at all that are even a little bit cool?" Answer: The winner in the value range is still the BMW-engineered Mini Cooper (shown), which you can get just barely under $20 decently equipped. Considerably less fun, but reliable and surprisingly handsome is the Hyundai Sonata. And the Toyota Yaris wins points with us because it reminds us of all the cute little cars you'll find in European cities that never make it across the pond.

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