2011 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs #cheap #car #rent


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Top Safety Pick s by year

IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for Top Safety Pick. which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+. which was inaugurated in 2013.

To qualify for 2011 Top Safety Pick. a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

Models that earn Top Safety Pick are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories. Size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick doesn’t necessarily afford more protection than a bigger car that doesn’t earn the award.

All 2011 Top Safety Pick s are 2011 models unless otherwise noted.


Cars 2 – film 2011 #exotic #cars


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Synopsis et détails

Cars – L’intégrale – Pack (DVD)

Critiques Presse Cars 2

Critiques Spectateurs Cars 2

4,0 – Très bien

Cars 2. Une suite efficace et prenante, assez diff rent du premier qui lui mettait l accent sur l motion et l amiti comme on a l habitude de voir chez Disney/Pixar. Et en plus, on ne suit pu vra. Lire la suite

Secrets de tournage Cars 2

Mad Max vs. Cars. le mash-up qui tient la route !

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  • The Best Cars For Commuters, 2011 #car #starters


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    The Best Cars For Commuters, 2011

    Dreading your daily drive to the office? You’re not alone. More than 42 million Americans spend at least 30 minutes in the car on their morning commutes. Seven million spend over an hour.

    For that kind of time spent in traffic, it pays to have a reliable car: something spacious enough for comfort, small enough to get good gas mileage and durable enough to withstand the occasional fender-bender.

    Turns out you may not have to empty your wallet to get such a ride. According to our list of the Best Cars for Commuters, this year mid-size sedans like the $19,395 Hyundai Sonata and hatchbacks like the $20,100 MINI Cooper are best for surviving the slog.

    Behind the Numbers

    To compile our list, we started with new vehicles listed as Consumer Reports “Recommended Picks” for this year. Recommended Picks are models that have average or better predicted reliability and that meet Consumer Reports’ safety standards; they also had to have performed well in accelerating, braking, handling, comfort and other user-oriented tests.

    Then we combined the highway miles per gallon (the CR -rated numbers) for each vehicle with their front legroom and front headroom measurements, assigning one point for each mile per gallon and one point for each inch of space, for a grand total score. Of those finalists, the 11 vehicles with the best combination of highway fuel efficiency, legroom and headroom made our list.

    We didn’t put any price limit on the automotive contenders, since there are cars at any price point that can be great on a morning commute, but interestingly all of our finalists cost well under $30,000, and all the cars on the list without the added price of hybrid technology cost less than $25,000.

    The reason for that skew toward lower retail pricing is the emphasis we placed on fuel efficiency–most luxury sedans and crossovers weigh more than their less-glamorous counterparts, decreasing their average mpg. The hybrids, though heavier and more expensive than their conventional brethren, still achieved good enough gas mileage and reliability scores to make the ranking.

    Our winner? The $23,050 Toyota Prius. Consumer Reports rates it at 55 highway miles per gallon and praises it for its firm, steady ride and roomy rear seat. The car has proved extremely reliable in the 10 years since it launched–just ask Jake Fisher.

    Fisher, the senior automotive engineer for Consumer Reports, recently tested a 2001 Prius that had 210,000 miles on it.

    “We did our fuel efficiency test and a bunch of other tests on that car,” Fisher says. “It had never had a problem with the hybrid system, never had a problem with the electric motor, the batteries or anything. And it had the exact same fuel efficiency that it had when we tested one in 2001.”

    That’s exactly what you want to hear about a commuter car. Indeed, three hybrids including the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid made our list. They excel at ironing out the volatility between city and highway driving efficiency, and they have proved extremely reliable over the long run (though they command a price premium over their conventional counterparts).

    Two diesel-powered cars soared through our testing as well: the $23,225 Volkswagen Golf TDI and $24,995 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon TDI. Each get phenomenal highway mileage (49 mpg each) without sacrificing headroom and legroom inside. Diesel technology works well for commuter vehicles too, for while it does often command a slightly higher MSRP than regular gasoline-fueled cars, it gets up to 20% better efficiency and retains a high resale value.

    “Diesel sales in the U.S. industry grew 11% last year, while hybrid sales declined,” says Audi of American President Johan de Nysschen (Audi is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group). “People have come to understand that hybrid technology is not the only solution.”

    Missing from our list: the crossovers, SUVs and minivans many families use to haul kids, gear and groceries. Turns out many of those types of vehicles have the same (or even less) space in front than some of the sedans on our list, and much worse fuel efficiency.

    The Ford Expedition, for instance, has 40 inches of front leg room and 4 inches of front headroom–less than both the Mazda3 (41 and 4.5 inches) and the Honda Accord (41.5 and 6.5 inches), both of which made our list.


    2011 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs #vehicle #reviews


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    Top Safety Pick s by year

    IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for Top Safety Pick. which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+. which was inaugurated in 2013.

    To qualify for 2011 Top Safety Pick. a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

    Models that earn Top Safety Pick are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories. Size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick doesn’t necessarily afford more protection than a bigger car that doesn’t earn the award.

    All 2011 Top Safety Pick s are 2011 models unless otherwise noted.


    2011 Toyota Reviews – Toyota Cars. #used #car #sale


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    toyota tacoma

    Quick Overview

    The 2012 Toyota Tacoma was slightly refreshed this year, with a reworked front fascia that includes new fog lamp housing and lower bumper. The TRD Sport Package for the Tacoma receives a few revisions as well and now comes with turn signal lamps on the side mirrors, and new 18-inch wheels. Toyota also tweaked the Tacoma s interior including a new steering wheel and upgraded audio systems for all trims.

    The four trim levels carry over from last year and include the regular cab, access cab, double cab, and the Tacoma X-Runner model. Also unchanged are the powertrain choices including the base 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 159 hp. The Tacoma s 4.0-liter, 236 horsepower V-6 engine is also unchanged. From there, a number of configurations can be had, such as two-wheel and four-wheel drive, four or five-speed automatic transmissions and five or six-speed manual transmissions.

    For whatever reason, the midsize truck market has continued to dwindle here in the United States. Most Americans are drawn to full-sized trucks for more room, stronger engines, and higher towing capacity. But for those looking for a smaller workhorse, the Tacoma remains a top choice in the segment.

    Body style: Truck

    Engines: 2.7L I-4, 4.0L V-6

    Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic

    Models: Regular Cab, Access Cab, X-Runner, PreRunner, Double Cab

    The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is slightly refreshed with a new front grille, headlights, fog lamps, and bumpers. Two new colors are offered: Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic, both of which have replaced Timberland Green and Speedway Blue. The TRD Package gets revised and now includes turn signals for the side view mirrors and optional 18-inch wheels. All trims get a revised interior with new steering wheel, vanity lamp added to sunshades, and revised audio systems.

    The biggest change for the 2012 Tacoma is up front. The grille has been reworked with more angular touches, and the headlamp and foglamp housing has been redesigned. Also new is the bumper and hood. The Tacoma line will still have the double cab model, which features four full-sized doors for easy entry to the rear seats. Opting for the TRD package adds a more rugged look with BFGoodrich tires and an off-road suspension, while the Tacoma X-Runner sits on the other end of the spectrum with a lower-ride height that befits its fast and sporty intentions.

    The 2012 Toyota Tacoma offers a no-frills interior, with a number of seating configurations and available options. The regular cab has one bench seat with room for three passengers, while the double-cab offers the most room with four-full doors and room four five passengers to fit comfortably. All trim levels come standard with air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and power outlets. Optional equipment includes satellite radio and a sliding rear window.

    The Tacoma s base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and is available on most trim levels. It can be had with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Those who plan to haul heavy loads in the Tacoma should opt for the strong 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that provides 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Pre-Runner and TRD packages are equipped with tires and a suspension suited for off-road duty, while the X-Runner is lowered and designed for on-road performance. The X-Runner comes only in rear-drive, V-6, and six-speed manual configuration; its 0-60 mph time is only 6.9 seconds and needs just 119 feet to do 60-0 mph.

    The 2012 Tacoma comes standard with front airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as side-seat mounted and front to rear curtain airbags. The Tacoma also includes Toyota s Star Safety System, which includes Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Traction Control (TRAC), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Also standard is a tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams, and active head restraints.

    Regular Cab: 17-20 mpg city/22-25 mpg highway

    Access Cab: 15-20 mpg city/18-25 mpg highway

    X-Runner: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway

    Double Cab: 15-16 mpg city/19-21 mpg highway

    • Choice of configurations
    • Rugged and Durable
    • Sporty X-Runner
    • Four-speed auto
    • Weak four-cylinder
    • Pricey options

    It s the best-selling compact/midsize for good reason. [stars]

    • Nissan Frontier
    • Chevy Colorado
    • GMC Canyon

    New Cars Under 10000 in 2011 #car #supermarket #uk


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    New Cars Under

    New Cars Under 10000 2011

    In the wake of the financial crisis felt throughout the automotive industry, the innovative and efficient new cars under 10,000 dollars in 2011 provide a symbolic example of just how far the industry has come. Keeping the expectations within reason, these new cars represent what to expect in this price range today.

    Fuel efficiency is ordinarily near the top of the list of those budget conscience consumers looking for the most affordable new cars today. Ultimately the overall cost of ownership in the short term, as well as the long term, is the cumulative criteria when seeking a base MSRP of under $10,000.

    The 2011 Nissan Versa sedan 1.6L base edition is one such example among the competition today as it provides a manufacturer suggested retail price of $9,990 and falls well within the qualifications of economical and affordable new cars.

    The combination of a surprisingly roomy interior and a fuel efficiency rating of 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, this economical sedan delivers a great basis for what to expect on these low cost new cars in 2011.

    With the base model comes the 5 speed manual transmission and 16 valve, 107 horse power 1.6L I4 4-cylinder engine. Drivers of the new 2011 Nissan report a feeling of roominess and road stability. Standard air bags (6), tire pressure monitoring system and active head restraints are standard. The 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models offer additional options and packages.

    Among the least expensive new cars in 2011 it is no surprise that the Hyundai Accent is once again a top choice for new cars under $10000 this year. In previous reviews the attention to details which Hyundai continually manages to place in their vehicles, along with several innovations, makes these economical new cars well worth considering. While competition for small, fuel efficient new cars remains tough in the automotive industry, the selection shows signs of trending towards more bang for the buck overall.

    Boasting a manufacturer suggested retail price of $9,985 the Hyundai Accent GL 3-door delivers a relatively zippy 16 valve, 1.6L I4, 110 horse power engine with the base utilizing a 5 speed manual transmission, and B M Racing Sport Shifter on the SE model. Additional packages and options include a 4 speed automatic transmission.

    The fuel efficiency rating of 27 MPG city and 36 MPG highway helps keep the cost of operating this new car to a minimum. The dual overhead cams along with variable valve timing increase the fuel efficiency. With this particular design, the cargo space is more than what you might expect, although still compact.

    Luxury-wise the SE provides a 172-watt six speaker audio system which includes CD and MP3 capabilities as well as USB/iPod auxiliary jacks. Good news for drivers looking for affordable solutions to long hauls in an economical fashion.

    Ultimately the essentials keep the costs low. The add-ons, however tempting, can quickly drive the price upwards. Yet with the rejuvenated automotive industry on the rebound, and buying incentives still abundant, these new cars under 10 000 dollars provide a great starting point for value conscience consumers today.


    The Safest Cars Of 2011 #new #car #values


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    The Safest Cars Of 2011

    The Tesla Model S is a four-door electric sedan set for sale in 2012. It’ll go 300 zero-emission miles on one charge and get to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, all for $57,000–a bargain-basement price compared with the $95,900 Fisker Karma or the $109,000 Tesla Roadster. But Tesla Vice President and Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson knows he’ll have to convince Americans that the car is safe before he has any chance of persuading them to actually buy it.

    That’s why the Model S’ bare aluminum body –and its steel bumpers–were on clear display at the North American International Auto Show last week.

    “We are baring our soul by showing this,” Rawlinson said. “The body shell is the lightest in its class, but we believe it’s also the safest.”

    The Model S won’t be ready to undergo official crash tests for a while. But Rawlinson knows that making a safe vehicle and establishing that perception in consumers’ minds is crucial for any automaker bringing a car to market today. Shoppers aren’t stupid: More than 12,000 people died in frontal crashes of passenger vehicles in 2009 in the United States, the last year with complete data. More than 6,000 died in side impacts and more than 8,000 in rollover crashes.

    In a study released this month Consumer Reports found that 65% of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57% of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series. Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy –we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.

    Behind the Numbers

    To compile our list of the safest cars this year, we started with all vehicles chosen by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety as “Top Safety Picks” for 2011. We then excluded all crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks in order to limit our list to cars. Then we extracted any model that did not receive perfect scores of “good” in all front-, side-, rear-crash and rollover tests, or any that lacked electronic stability control, which IIHS says significantly reduces crash risk. The cars still standing after all of that are our winners.

    Front evaluations involve a 40-mph frontal offset crash and subsequent slow-motion film analysis to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the crash. Side evaluations are based on crashes where the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. In the roof strength test a metal plate is pushed against the roof at a rate of 0.2 inches per second. To earn a top rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush.

    Rear tests use a dummy that measures neck pressure; the test simulates a collision where a stationary vehicle is struck from behind at 20 mph.

    The severity of the tests (IIHS tests are more severe than those administered by the government’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has pressured automakers to improve crash scores as well. When IIHS released its first roof crush results in March 2009, only one-third of the SUVs tested had roofs that earned a “good” rating; these days, the majority of SUVs earn top roof strength ratings. Likewise, many cars failed IIHS side tests in 2003; now more than 90% of 2011 model cars, 94% of SUVs and 56% of pickups now have standard head and torso side airbags, all of which enable them to pass the test more easily.

    Small and Safe?

    The common question surrounding crash safety is whether a tiny car–something like the Smart Fortwo or Ford’s Fiesta–can be safe when pitted against vehicles that weigh twice as much. Both of those cars pass federal safety standards, but the laws of physics are difficult to break.

    “Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford better occupant protection in serious crashes than smaller, lighter ones,” the IIHS safety report says. “Even with a Top Safety Pick, a small car isn’t as crashworthy as a bigger one.”

    It’s no surprise then that big sedans like the Buick LaCrosse. Lincoln MKS and Mercedes C Class dominate our list. The smallest (and cheapest) vehicle that made the cut: Chevy’s $16,275 Cruze .

    Small cars face a tough battle in the American marketplace–due in large part to consumer perception–even if they are rated safe by federal standards, Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG, told reporters last week at the Detroit auto show .

    “I continue to believe that small cars will not be the core of success for any company in the United States,” he said.

    One note: Many small cars are especially nimble and flush with advanced, effective safety technology. And good braking and emergency handling can help any driver avert an accident.

    Each year Consumer Reports rates the best cars for crash avoidance based on braking tests from 60 mph and handling tests that require steering around an obstacle at high speeds. The Ford Mustang GT, Porsche 911, MINI Cooper S and Lotus Elise, among other small vehicles, topped that list, despite being cut from our final tally.

    Indeed there is much to be said for missing a crash altogether.

    Slide Show: The Safest Cars Of 2011


    New Cars Under 10000 in 2011 #used #cars #las #vegas


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    New Cars Under

    New Cars Under 10000 2011

    In the wake of the financial crisis felt throughout the automotive industry, the innovative and efficient new cars under 10,000 dollars in 2011 provide a symbolic example of just how far the industry has come. Keeping the expectations within reason, these new cars represent what to expect in this price range today.

    Fuel efficiency is ordinarily near the top of the list of those budget conscience consumers looking for the most affordable new cars today. Ultimately the overall cost of ownership in the short term, as well as the long term, is the cumulative criteria when seeking a base MSRP of under $10,000.

    The 2011 Nissan Versa sedan 1.6L base edition is one such example among the competition today as it provides a manufacturer suggested retail price of $9,990 and falls well within the qualifications of economical and affordable new cars.

    The combination of a surprisingly roomy interior and a fuel efficiency rating of 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, this economical sedan delivers a great basis for what to expect on these low cost new cars in 2011.

    With the base model comes the 5 speed manual transmission and 16 valve, 107 horse power 1.6L I4 4-cylinder engine. Drivers of the new 2011 Nissan report a feeling of roominess and road stability. Standard air bags (6), tire pressure monitoring system and active head restraints are standard. The 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models offer additional options and packages.

    Among the least expensive new cars in 2011 it is no surprise that the Hyundai Accent is once again a top choice for new cars under $10000 this year. In previous reviews the attention to details which Hyundai continually manages to place in their vehicles, along with several innovations, makes these economical new cars well worth considering. While competition for small, fuel efficient new cars remains tough in the automotive industry, the selection shows signs of trending towards more bang for the buck overall.

    Boasting a manufacturer suggested retail price of $9,985 the Hyundai Accent GL 3-door delivers a relatively zippy 16 valve, 1.6L I4, 110 horse power engine with the base utilizing a 5 speed manual transmission, and B M Racing Sport Shifter on the SE model. Additional packages and options include a 4 speed automatic transmission.

    The fuel efficiency rating of 27 MPG city and 36 MPG highway helps keep the cost of operating this new car to a minimum. The dual overhead cams along with variable valve timing increase the fuel efficiency. With this particular design, the cargo space is more than what you might expect, although still compact.

    Luxury-wise the SE provides a 172-watt six speaker audio system which includes CD and MP3 capabilities as well as USB/iPod auxiliary jacks. Good news for drivers looking for affordable solutions to long hauls in an economical fashion.

    Ultimately the essentials keep the costs low. The add-ons, however tempting, can quickly drive the price upwards. Yet with the rejuvenated automotive industry on the rebound, and buying incentives still abundant, these new cars under 10 000 dollars provide a great starting point for value conscience consumers today.


    As 2011 begins, used car prices are skyrocketing #car #review #sites


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    As 2011 begins, used car prices are skyrocketing

    Updated

    Bargain-hunters in the used vehicle market are in for a rude awakening: Prices are now at historic highs after rising hundreds or even thousands of dollars a unit over the past few years, reports Gary Hoffman. writing for AOL Autos.

    His report:

    Lately, the used car market has thrived as the new car market has struggled. The problem for consumers is that used vehicle demand has outstripped supply, sending prices skyward. It’s not unusual for price tags to be up $3,000 in some product segments in the last five years.

    And the classic “beater” – a high-mileage, $1,500 used car that can handily take you around town on your errands – is fast becoming a thing of the past, according to some auction houses.

    “As new car sales have lagged in the 11-million or 12-million-units-a-year range, used car pricing has just gone up steadily,” said Jay Adair, president of Copart, an online vehicle auction company. “So we are at record used car pricing right now.”

    Used vehicles are more attractive to consumers than ever, he said. They’ve realized that 2- or 3-year-old vehicles are decent substitutes for new ones — thanks to increases in vehicle quality and durability over time:

    “With the economy the way it is, people are saying, ‘Do I really need to buy a new product?'”

    But the rise in used vehicle prices is sure to complicate consumers’ best-laid plans to spend less money. Consumers who are shopping for a used car through a financing program — as opposed to buying with cash — will find that lending rates are higher for used vehicles. With the higher prices for used cars and the higher prices paid for financing used vehicles, in some cases the actual out-of-pocket costs are equal to that of a new car.

    The increased demand in used vehicles has been dramatic, according to Manheim Used Vehicle Value index, compiled by the consulting arm of Manheim Auctions, a major dealer-only auction company. The index stood at 122 in November – the highest level since its inception in 1995. The index is based on data from the 5 million annual vehicle sales at the company’s wholesale auctions, adjusted for mileage, model type and season of the year.

    The net effect has been higher profits for dealers – especially if they can find the inventory – and heftier price tags for consumers, since dealers haven’t had trouble passing on higher prices so far, Manheim Consulting said in its latest report.

    The 122 figure represents an increase of nearly 6% over last year. And wholesale prices were still rising the first two weeks in December, according to a tweet from Manheim chief economist Tom Webb.

    Prices for pickups, up nearly 8% in the last year, were muscling their way up the scale faster than most other segments. By contrast, wholesale prices for luxury cars were up just 1%.

    Between January 2005 and July 2010, the average price rose from about $15,000 to $18,000 for pickups 1- to 5-years-old, and about $10,500 to $13,200 for cars in that age bracket, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association Used Car Guide.

    Average prices for conventional SUVs rocketed upward from about $13,000 to $22,000 between January 2009 and July 2010.

    Used vehicles on the market generally have more miles on them, too. “The average mileage on vehicles sold at auction has risen in every market segment over the past two years,” Webb said in his latest report.


    Top 15 Cheapest Cars of 2011 – Least Expensive Vehicles #car #shipping


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    The Top 15 Cheapest New Cars of 2011

    Update: I’ve also put together a list of this year’s cheapest new cars. in addition to 2014. 2013. and 2012. What follows is for the 2011 model year.

    Thinking of buying a new car? If you re frugal, the thought of doing some research to find the cheapest new car has probably crossed your mind. Good news. I did the dirty work to find the least expensive new vehicles of 2011.

    My 2010 cheapest cars report covered the top 10 low-cost vehicles. This year, I bumped it to 15, because a few of my favorites didn t quite make the top 10. ALL of the vehicles you will find on the list have automatic transmission. I don t drive a stick myself, and I m sure many of you don t either. However, if you are interested in manual trans, all of these vehicles have a version, and they generally run about $1,000 less than the MSRP s I quoted.

    The New Car Caveat

    Before we get started, I ll once again give the caveat that I am not an advocate of buying new cars, however, I do believe that if you buy a cheap new car and drive it into the ground, there is a good chance that it could comparatively save you money versus buying used. Want the best of both worlds? The 3-year resale value of these vehicles is usually around 55-60% and the 5-year resale value is often around 40%.

    You ll notice I also listed dealership costs, which should give you an idea of how much room you have to haggle. The Honda Civic and Hyundai Accent should have a lot of wiggle room, with over $2,000 in difference between dealer cost and MSRP. The Mazda 2 and Kia Rio, on the other hand, are actually both priced below dealer cost, making them loss leaders for the dealership. Wiggle room will be tight.

    Current incentives were not factored into the prices, and a few models actually did have up to $1,000 cash back incentives at the moment.

    Fuel, Maintenance, Insurance Costs on Cheap Cars

    Other than the price itself, cheap cars tend to have much lower total ownership costs than their more expensive brethren. Small and cheap tend to go hand-in-hand, and so do small and fuel efficient. Most of the vehicles on this list have an average EPA estimated MPG of over 30. The one year fuel cost estimates were based on 45% highway driving, 55% city driving, 15,000 annual miles, and $3.07 for a gallon of regular gasoline (source: fueleconomy.gov).

    Maintenance costs are usually cheaper as well. The goal of auto manufacturers is to produce these vehicles as inexpensively as possible. Therefore, their parts are cheap. And so are their replacement parts. And because these vehicles tend to be popular, their parts are easy to find, reducing scarcity and lowering prices.

    Insurance costs on these cars are usually lower as well because insurance costs are derived from the market value of the vehicle. The lower the cost of vehicle, generally, the lower the cost of insurance for it.

    Once Again, Foreign Automakers Dominate the List of Cheapest Vehicles

    All but two of the vehicles to make this year s list were from foreign automakers. The two that did? The underwhelming Chevy Aveo and the brand new Ford Fiesta. Disappointing, but I have no doubts that you ll see U.S. automakers continue to make the shift to smaller, cheaper cars in the very near future.

    My Picks for the Best Cheapest Car of 2011

    It s a toss-up. I m a huge fan of functionality, so hatchbacks and utility are big wins in my book. Also, if I m going to buy a new vehicle, it s not going to be ugly. I m going to go with the Fiesta. It s stylish, and excluding the only golf cart to make the list (ForTwo), the most fuel efficient. The hatchback also gives it functionality. The Soul and Fit come in a close second.

    15. Scion XB

    Base Automatic Transmission model: Scion XB 2.4L