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When shopping for a car that is affordable and attractive, the 2012 model year offers quite a few vehicles worth considering. Consumers tend to look for an attractive vehicle that has great fuel mileage, offers plenty of leg and storage room, and is affordable. Today’s tough economic times cause people to focus on the affordability of a vehicle before they notice the other features. This selection of cheap 2012 cars combine both attractiveness and great fuel mileage at an affordable cost.

2012 Honda Fit

Individuals looking for an affordable car that is cheap and attractive might want to explore a 2012 Honda Fit. This car sells for $16,000 to $21,000. Although this car looks small on the outside, there is plenty of space to make it worthwhile. While this vehicle is not one for fast acceleration, the fact that this car gets 33 miles to the gallon during highway driving makes it a smart purchase.

2012 Ford Fiesta

The 2012 Ford Fiesta made the list of cheap cars for 2012. A total sales price of around $28,500 makes this sporty-looking vehicle even more attractive. The interior of this car is roomy; however, the back seat has been reported to be rather small. When shopping for a good=looking economy car, you will appreciate the 38 highway mpg capability. The Ford Fiesta is available as a sedan or hatchback. The basic trim comes with a five-speed standard transmission. The sedan style is available in 3 trim types, while the hatchback comes in two trim types. This is a good choice for those that are looking for something sporty and affordable.

2012 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is a sport-styled, affordable car for frugal shoppers. The standard trim “L” series costs around $15,000 and comes with a package that includes nine airbags, CD player, an iPod and USB port, and stability control. The Yaris averages 38 mpg during highway driving. This car comfortably carries 5 people. The Toyota Yaris is easy to handle with front wheel drive five-speed automatic transmission.

2012 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul often brings memories of a commercial with driving hamsters. This attractive vehicle is nothing to joke about when it comes to finding a practical car. The Kia Soul is labeled as a station wagon but has the look of an SUV. The sporty body style appeals to many, while the 35 mpg on highway is a much needed feature. The Kia Soul offers plenty of leg room, and seats five passengers comfortably. The standard edition comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.With an attractive price tag of $14,000, the Kia Soul is a perfect fit for a frugal shopper.

2012 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is considered a good “basic car” because of the simple design and roomy interior. The large trunk and roomy rear seat combined with the 36 mpg for highway driving appeal to the frugal shopper. While this car is not one to be considered attractive, it does support the needs of a savvy shopper. When you are looking for a new car, it is wise to select several different models and compare the features to determine the best price.

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