Buying a luxury car has many similarities to signing a suspicious contract with the devil. It is unbreakable, at least not without serious consequences, lasts for what may be most of your life, depending on the car, and even has the added silver lining that by the time the contract is completed, you’ll probably be in deep regret that the whole ordeal ever took place.
That’s an exaggeration for the sake of comedy, of course, and last we checked Satan wasn’t in the automotive industry. As far as we know. Either way, buying a car really is no small contract to be entering into. Many are lured into buying a model that is pushing their budget, simply for the sake of an extra touchscreen or two, and the enormous levels of status that come with owning something shiny.
But hold your horses, and ask yourself exactly what it is you really need in the personal transport department. Is that extra touchscreen really a make or break situation when getting from A to B, or just a lure to make your eyes all sparkly, and keep you in debt for the next three decades? Why not rather consider these affordable options, and keep that greedy devil at bay.
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2017 Chevrolet Cruze
There is a rather blatant misspelling in the name that might distract you from how genuinely affordable and practical this vehicle is. Most notable is that it has space for 5 passengers, so if transporting more than a few bodies is a likely reality in your future, you might want to start right here. There are a few options available, including a turbocharge. That is, if you want to sacrifice fuel economy for the benefit of being able to throw the term turbocharge around in order to impress friends.
2017 Toyota Corolla
It really doesn’t get more reliable or recognisable than the Toyota Corolla. Fascinatingly, the engine hasn’t changed for a decade, with only the body design and various bells and whistles differentiating this model from one that was around in 2007. Yes, it’s as reliable as ever, and comes in automatic or manual, depending on your preference.
2017 Subaru Impreza
Another car model with an unnecessarily silly name, the Subaru Impreza comes in a sedan and hatchback variation, but has one feature that makes it stand apart from others on the list. All-wheel drive, which really does go a long way to putting smiles on a few faces. The aesthetic design may not look like it needs all-wheel drive, but you’ll be glad you have it when you need it.
2016 Hyundai Accent
Two big things set the Accent apart from its competitors. The first is that it looks really fancy, which is something that should never be taken for granted. The second is that there is an extremely impressive ten-year warranty on the engine. Few car manufacturers are willing to offer that sort of guarantee, so be sure not to turn your nose up at it when making your choice. The devils biggest Kryptonite is, of course, excellent value for money.
2016 Kia Rio
Coming in last on the list, but offering the same devil-smiting warranty as the Accent, the Kia Rio is about as affordable and practical, while still looking good, as you could ask for. Yes, it won’t be winning any awards for its space limitations, but if you’re not expecting to be transporting an army of friends or family around, you’ve probably just found one of the best options available. The Rio is often referred to as a reliable daily driver, and that really does tell you everything you need to know. We like to call it devil Kryptonite in motor-vehicle form, which is our way of saying that this is a winner in every sense of the term.