When someone says they are looking at a small car, two things come to my mind: A) they are looking at an economy car or B) they are looking at a sports car. The following concerns the former as we get into the holiday season, sales and tightening budgets. Sometimes buying a new car isn’t a necessity, but something we want to do to reward ourselves for success. Other times it is seen as a way to reduce problems on a daily basis by having a warranty and something new and not used.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

For more information we turn to our partner site, FamilyCarGuide.com, where they just finished a series called “Cheap Cars With Big Value.” According to FamilyCarGuide.com writer, Suzanne Kane, the base criterion was a “manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) has to be under $20,000. In addition, the car has to offer more than expected, whether in standard safety or technology features, styling, high fuel economy, or other factors.” Not to spoil the results, but the cars that made the short list include the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Mazda2, 2011 Hyundai Elantra and 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door Hatchback.

You will want to head over to FamilyCarGuide.com to see the full wrap up and in-depth articles on why these cars are the best value for the money. From an AllSmallCars.com perspective, I have to say that the picks are spot on. Every vehicle on the list has gotten praise from the automotive media and many on the list achieve 40 mpg on the highway…something that helps your wallet even after you purchase the car.

 

[Source: FamilyCarGuide.com]