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Ask AutoGuide No. 40
We’re thinking small on this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide, where value reigns supreme. Are cheap and cheerful mutually exclusive traits or can they really coexist in an automobile? We aim to find out and help one faithful reader in the process.
AWD at a 2WD Price
Some people like the confidence of an all-wheel drive setup, which offers additional stability in less than ideal driving conditions.
However, pushing two additional drive-wheels isn’t cheap, and isn’t as fuel efficient. Here’s AutoGuide’s top 10 most affordable all-wheel drive cars.
Cheap and Excellent on Gas
Last week we exposed the cheapest and most fuel minded vehicles on the market. All hybrid vehicles, the list started at the $30,000 mark, with the most affordable being the $19,320 Honda Insight.
If you’re looking for a car that is even more affordable than those hybrids, you’ll have to sacrifice some fuel economy. Here’s a list of cars that net 40 miles per gallon on the highway or better. This segment is quickly growing in popularity, and is soon to be joined by the upcoming 2014 Fiesta with its 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford claims will hit at least 40 mpg on the highway.
Affordable and Practical
When it comes to the most affordable hatchback, there’s quite a few options out there. Unlike the Honda GEAR concept pictured above (which could preview a new affordable subcompact for the Japanese brand) all the cars on this list are easily attainable, and are competitively priced. Our top ten is seperated by a slim $4,000 margin from cheapest to most expensive. Check out the whole list, and see which cheap hatchback is the right choice for you!
Watch out Tata Nano – there’s a new vehicle in town and its aiming to be the cheapest car on the road. The Bajaj RE60 in a new four wheeled vehicle that’s looking to replace the Nano as the most inexpensive car in India.
Tipping the scales at a mere 880 pounds, the Bajaj RE60 keeps its weight down by utilizing a monocoque metal-polymer hybrid structure that’s durable as well as light weight. It gets its juice from a water-cooled 200cc engine that pumps out 20 horsepower, and offers a top speed of 43 mph. Even though it’s a compact car, there’s room for cargo – about 14.1 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.
In an effort to keep it eco-friendly, the RE60 will be available in gasoline, liquid propane gas and compressed natural gas models, which will give this vehicle 60 gm/km range and mileage of 35 kmpl.
“At Bajaj Auto, we believe the people of this planet deserve much better, much faster,” said Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto . “We therefore decided to focus our efforts on developing vehicles powered by engines using available natural resources and infrastructure. We are very excited with the outcome of our efforts and, in the RE60, we believe we have an excellent solution for the mobility challenges arising from the rapid urbanization of India.”
No word on price just yet, but in order to make a dent in India’s car market, Bajaj will have to keep the price on the RE60 below the Nano.