Are you in the market for a new set of wheels, but are strapped for cash and afraid your options will be limited? Don’t be. Although a report released last year by USA Today indicated the average price of a new vehicle is $31,252, there are a plethora of used rides on the market to choose from. Even if it’s just a year old, you can still save a substantial amount of cash and ride in style without skimping on quality.
Even though you don’t often have other people in your car or take it to the valet, you want people to think you have good taste, and that includes a cute car. Don’t fret. Here are five affordable used cars you won’t be ashamed to valet.
This post is contributed by Allison Martin, personal finance writer and contributor on Yahoo! Finance and BadCredit.org.
1. Nissan Juke: “The Playroom”
Reviewers and consumers have classified the Nissan Juke as quirky, but its adorable exterior will send heads turning as you drive by. It boasts a shiny, trendy center console that is sure to wow passengers as they step inside. In addition, the Juke is equipped with a digital display inundated with colorful information screens that are easy on the eyes. The cargo area is the perfect place to get cozy with a pal and gaze at the stars. It’s not the most spacious crossover on the market, but with an exterior that’s too cute to resist, the Juke is definitely worth considering.
2. Kia Soul: “The Charm Box”
This sleek model is not your average hatchback. The Kia Soul is versatile and more hip than its competitors. It’s practical for a family of five or can comfortably serve as the taxi for a girl’s night out. You’ll feel futuristic behind the wheel while your passengers kick back and enjoy the modern and spacious interior.
3. Volkswagen Tiguan: “The Main Attraction”
With a stylish exterior and luxurious interior, the Volkswagen Tiguan is another car you’ll definitely want to add to the list. It’s equipped with enough interior and cargo space to load up the shovels, buckets and swimwear for a day at the beach. You can ride along the strip in confidence with the sunroof open and windows down blasting your favorite tunes as the wind blows through your hair. The dashboard also is embellished with trendy gadgets to capture your attention.
4. Toyota Rav4: “Jack of All Trades”
Not only does this car possess a charming body style, the Toyota Rav4 is equipped with an optional third row for additional passengers or extended legroom. It’s perfect for a carpool to work or hauling the equipment your children need for their extracurricular activities. Spacious, stylish and versatile, what more could a consumer ask for?
5. Ford Fusion: “Primetime”
This stunning vehicle exudes a lavish feel both inside and out. The Ford Fusion is loaded with features you only expect to see in premium models, and it will leave your friends anxious to go for a spin or be chauffeured around town. And, don’t be taken aback if it’s mistaken for a foreign import at first glance.