It’s 2016 and cars are more of everything – they have more features, more safety equipment, more space and all that comes for more money.
If that’s a problem for you, there are a few cars that come with limited equipment and a low price tag, but be warned that when you make the jump to the ultra-basic cars, there’s a huge chance you may regret it and miss all those niceties you take for granted.
A week of testing the new Chevrolet
Spark LS exposed the flaws of the cheap-car market, but there are fewer compromises in the small hatchback than I expected. This is a car that can be had for $13,535 and arrives with practically nothing. Forget about power windows, locks and mirrors or even air conditioning. There are also no buttons on the keys, so getting in requires a twist of a lock and when you get out, you have to lock the door manually before you take off.
All you get is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out under 100 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. There are, however, automaticheadlights
and a backup camera, split folding rear seats, four doors and 10 airbags.