BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BIMMERPOST Universal Forums General BMW News and Cars Discussion Cheapest Cars in America

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      08-02-2021, 08:07 PM   #1
sspade
Brigadier General
sspade's Avatar
United_States
1094
Rep
4,953
Posts

Drives: F30
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Jupiter, Florida

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2016 BMW 320i  [0.00]
2014 BMW 328i  [5.00]
Cheapest Cars in America

If life threw you a curveball and you were forced to finance a new econobox... which one would you choose and why?

Not discounting the fact that purchasing a used beater for a couple grand would be a solid choice.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      08-02-2021, 08:49 PM   #2
alex2364
Lieutenant Colonel
alex2364's Avatar
United_States
1515
Rep
1,897
Posts

Drives: 2020 M4 ZCP
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Northern VA

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2020 BMW M4  [0.00]
I'd get a Mazda 3 for $5 more than the Elantra.
Appreciate 7
sspade1094.00
jkoral715.50
stein_325i16300.50
jmack409.50
      08-02-2021, 08:53 PM   #3
sspade
Brigadier General
sspade's Avatar
United_States
1094
Rep
4,953
Posts

Drives: F30
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Jupiter, Florida

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2016 BMW 320i  [0.00]
2014 BMW 328i  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by alex2364 View Post
I'd get a Mazda 3 for $5 more than the Elantra.
Holy shit, good call. Just missed the cut!
Appreciate 0
      08-02-2021, 09:02 PM   #4
heavyD^2
Colonel
heavyD^2's Avatar
Canada
2797
Rep
2,418
Posts

Drives: X3M Competition
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Not blocked from G80/G82 because I'm an adult

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by alex2364 View Post
I'd get a Mazda 3 for $5 more than the Elantra.
I would get none of these cars.
Appreciate 0
      08-02-2021, 09:15 PM   #5
Caravaggio
Major General
2261
Rep
5,216
Posts

Drives: M235i 6spd
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Mid-Atlantic

iTrader: (0)

Probably the Impreza but I'd probably be miserable and rather have a motorcycle.

Though the Citroen Ami is a very interesting small car. https://www.citroen.co.uk/models/future-models/ami.html
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-02-2021, 09:18 PM   #6
c1pher
Primo Generalissimo
United_States
2441
Rep
2,958
Posts

Drives: Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: DC area

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I think Jetta for me, but depending on the commute, I would get a Ducati for the same amount.
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-02-2021, 09:28 PM   #7
Caravaggio
Major General
2261
Rep
5,216
Posts

Drives: M235i 6spd
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Mid-Atlantic

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by c1pher View Post
I think Jetta for me, but depending on the commute, I would get a Ducati for the same amount.
what's your opinion of the new Harley Pan American ?
Appreciate 0
      08-02-2021, 09:37 PM   #8
c1pher
Primo Generalissimo
United_States
2441
Rep
2,958
Posts

Drives: Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: DC area

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScottSinger View Post
what's your opinion of the new Harley Pan American ?
I am hoping HD is finally trying to become modern with the new PanAm, Sportster S and Livewire but fear it may be too late. I haven’t gone to test ride either bike. I’m too busy riding my Diavel to care lol.
Appreciate 1
Caravaggio2261.00
      08-02-2021, 10:04 PM   #9
SPARTANVI
New Member
SPARTANVI's Avatar
9
Rep
9
Posts

Drives: BMW X1 sDrive28i, 328i Msport
Join Date: Aug 2021
Location: California

iTrader: (0)

Of the ones listed in the OP, probably the Hyundai Elantra. The triangular body lines kinda work for me and we've had generally good experience with our Sonata in the past. I can't really speak to anything mechanical without doing a deep dive, so this is purely from a styling perspective.
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-03-2021, 05:33 AM   #10
JJ 911SC
Retired Navy Chief
JJ 911SC's Avatar
Canada
3305
Rep
838
Posts

Drives: 2020 X3 M40i, 911SC
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Ottawa

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
There is a couple cars in Canada almost sub 10K.

The Spark MSRP in Canada is just about $10K ($8K US). "Of course the As Show" is almost double...
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-03-2021, 07:02 AM   #11
jkoral
Lieutenant Colonel
United_States
716
Rep
1,745
Posts

Drives: 2017 M2 LBB 6MT
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: MA

iTrader: (6)

Just finished shopping econoboxes for a car for my son (college/work). Fourth car in household. Seriously considered base Jetta and Hyundai Kona.

Ended up with Mazda 3 Turbo Sedan. AWD with all the safety features and 250hp/320ft-lb for me (since I'm sure I'll be driving it occasionally). Unfortunately a little over $30K, very little dealer stock, not a lot of discounts to be had.
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 07:05 AM   #12
Maitre_Absolut
Captain
Maitre_Absolut's Avatar
793
Rep
834
Posts

Drives: M3 CS
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

how is a civic not sub 20k usd. last i remember they were 15k cdn
__________________
18 M3 CS /// M-Performance
19 Audi SQ5
17 Porsche Macan GTS
14 Audi S4
09 A3 3.2VR6
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 07:36 AM   #13
kyriian
Second Lieutenant
kyriian's Avatar
250
Rep
292
Posts

Drives: 06 Black Sapphire Z4MR
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Ontario

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2014 BMW X5  [0.00]
2011 Scion tC  [0.00]
2006 BMW Z4M  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maitre_Absolut View Post
how is a civic not sub 20k usd. last i remember they were 15k cdn
The new ones START at 24500 CAD now. Supremely expensive when its competition undercuts it by not a small margin

3 is 22500
Impreza is 20000
Corolla is 21500
Elantra is 18000

Now I am not sure of various trim details, maybe the Civic is better equipped, but that's not small change when the Elantra is 6600 bucks cheaper.
__________________
Revolution of our Times
Current: 06 BMW Z4MR, 14 BMW X5 35i, 11 Scion tC
Past: 11 C63, 15 Golf TSI, 11 370Z, 07 MX5, 02 Civic SiR, 96 Civic DX Coupe, 03 Miata, 03 Cooper S, 88 RX7 GXL
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-03-2021, 07:48 AM   #14
TAZ007
Lieutenant Colonel
TAZ007's Avatar
960
Rep
1,819
Posts

Drives: 2021 Z4 M40
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Texas

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2021 Z4 M40  [0.00]
Mazda 3 at the top of the list then Hyundai. That powertrain warranty is awesome.
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 09:52 AM   #15
sspade
Brigadier General
sspade's Avatar
United_States
1094
Rep
4,953
Posts

Drives: F30
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Jupiter, Florida

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2016 BMW 320i  [0.00]
2014 BMW 328i  [5.00]
For me, I'd go with the Impreza for sub-20k base vehicles.
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 10:01 AM   #16
1MOREMOD
-
1MOREMOD's Avatar
United_States
11696
Rep
23,190
Posts

Drives: Race car->
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: check your mirrors

iTrader: (5)

I choose the Mazda 3 but switched to year old gti rabbit for almost same money.
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 10:05 AM   #17
KennyFSU
Captain
KennyFSU's Avatar
879
Rep
611
Posts

Drives: M235i
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I travel a lot for work and have rented almost all the cars on that list.

For me, the best driving/optioned ones have been Hyundai, therefore, the Elantra would be my pick.
__________________
Past: Estoril Blue E36M3
Present: Mineral Grey M235ix/12.02 @ 115
Appreciate 1
sspade1094.00
      08-03-2021, 10:45 AM   #18
Darth One
drunk poster
Darth One's Avatar
United_States
5120
Rep
3,282
Posts

Drives: M4 GTS | E46 M3
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: FL

iTrader: (0)

Isn’t the Veloster sub-$20k? That might be my choice if it was overlooked
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 10:58 AM   #19
Caravaggio
Major General
2261
Rep
5,216
Posts

Drives: M235i 6spd
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Mid-Atlantic

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darth One View Post
Isn’t the Veloster sub-$20k? That might be my choice if it was overlooked
A $19,000 Veloster might be a nice car.

2021 Velosater is sub-$20,000 but it has been discontinued for 2022. Now for 2022 the only Veloster available are the high-performance models and I think they are around $30,000.

The upcoming Ford Maverick front-wheel-drive hybrid at under $22,000 ?
Appreciate 1
Darth One5119.50
      08-03-2021, 12:26 PM   #20
Vivek.
Major
1139
Rep
1,260
Posts

Drives: 335is coupe, e30 vert
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Los Gatos, California

iTrader: (0)

Jetta if I HAD to choose from the list, but my e34 was 1/5th the price and a nicer car than anything on this list.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by relative4 View Post
My wife would give me so much head if I did that.
2013 335is Mineral/Coral - DR 6466 - DR Mani - PI - Motiv FF - Dodson Clutches - OEM CF Roof - M3 GTS DCT/LSD/DS/Halfshafts/Suspension/Subframe/Brakes/Chassis Bracing F+R - DEFIV Diff Brace - 437M/R888R
1990 535i - 1992 318i Convertible - 2002 540i/6
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 02:20 PM   #21
stein_325i
Ring Leader of G8X Haters
stein_325i's Avatar
United_States
16301
Rep
7,063
Posts

Drives: BMW/Benz
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Maryland

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I'd spend an extra few $$$ on a Mazda3, if I had to do one of the ten then I'd go Elantra. Mazda's are some of the best looking, feeling, and driving mainstream vehicles. They look and feel much higher than their price tag and the quality and reliability is very high, not to mention they haven't resorted to ugly and over-styled design like most of the Japanese brands have.
__________________
Daily: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 Weekend: 2008 BMW Z4 M Wife's: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450
Retired: '95 E36 325i 5MT / '04 E46 330i 6MT / '11 E90 335xi / '17 G30 540i / '19 F87 M2C 6MT / '20 MB GLC 300
Appreciate 0
      08-03-2021, 02:22 PM   #22
Transfer
Major General
Transfer's Avatar
United_States
4799
Rep
5,790
Posts

Drives: M340i, X3M Comp
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Issaquah, WA

iTrader: (1)

Of that list
1) Elantra
2) Jetta
3) Impreza
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 PM.




bmw
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST