Buy/Drive/Burn: The Cheapest Sedans in America for 2021

buy drive burn the cheapest sedans in america for 2021

Imagine for a moment you’re not a well-heeled connoisseur of expensive cars and high finance, and there’s not a Bentley Mulsanne and a Land Cruiser in your garage. Instead, imagine you have to buy one of the three cheapest sedans on sale in America in 2021.

Today it’s Buy/Drive/Burn meets Ace of Base.

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

The Mirage G4 is the cheapest sedan on sale in America. There are four total trims: ES, LE, Carbonite Edition, and SE. In ES trim the G4 starts at $15,295, and the SE tops out at $18,195. In its basic form, the G4 has a five-speed manual transmission, and the model’s only mill: a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine good for 76 horsepower. Niceties include a driver assist package and a seven-inch screen with a smartphone link. Six free colors are available on the G4, and all of them offer a choice between dark or light gray upholstery. Mitsubishi charges you a $995 shipping fee and forces a $145 welcome package that includes floor mats. The final cost of the SE is $15,295.

Nissan Versa

The second least expensive sedan in America is the Versa. Available in four trims: S manual, SR, S CVT, and SV, the Versa ranges in price from $14,930 to $17,740. The base S trim comes with a five-speed manual, 1.6-liter inline-four (122hp), a driving assist package, and is available in five free paint colors. Interiors are all black. Final cost including the shipping fee of $950 is $15,880.

Hyundai Accent

Hyundai’s Accent is the third least expensive sedan on sale in America right now. Across its three trims of SE, SEL, and Limited, the Accent starts at $15,395 and ends at $19,500. Base SE customers receive a 1.6-liter inline-four good for 120 horses, a backup camera, a five-inch interior screen, and a sporty six-speed manual. Six free exterior colors are on offer, and with a couple of those Hyundai offers a beige interior in addition to basic black. Hyundai charges $1,005 for shipping, so the actual base price of the SE is $16,400.

Three Aces of Bases, all quite close in price. Which one’s worth the Buy with your skinflint dollars?

[Images: Mitsubishi, Nissan, Hyundai]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Feb 22, 2021

    Buy the Accent and drive it at least it will not leave you stranded. Burn the Mirage not worth the bother. Burn to a crisp the Versa with the Jatco CVT unless the transmission goes before you get a chance to burn it.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Feb 23, 2021

    Walked past an Accent in the grocery store the other night. A CVT perhaps? Owner was reving the piss out of it and it wouldn't move. I hustled by b/c had it suddenly gone into gear - someone could have gotten hurt. Nothing against any of these three. More inclined to keep my 20+ year old domestic sedan that costs me nothing and is valued at nearly nothing. For me its a toss up between the Kiayundai and the Nissan. I could make the Mitsu do the job and last but I can't warm up to it aesthetically. I want absolutely nothing to do with any of their CVTs or automatic transmissions. I like cheap and slow b/c I like to spend my money on fun weekend toys. Still, a used car seems like a better preposition.

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.