Brand new 2012 cars under $15,000

Brand new 2012 cars under $15,000

Are you part of the 99% that hasn’t received a raise?

When most people think of cars under $15,000 they think of emerging countries, and cars like the NANO. But you can buy some sweet little rides for under $15,000. And look at the miles per gallon, some get up to forty miles on the highway. Whether it is a domestic, or a foreign car, we have them for you.

Below are the brand new 2012 makes and models that have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) under $15,000.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback
26 city/35 highway miles per gallon
1.8-liter 4-cyl. Engine Automatic transmission
MSRP from $14,635
All of the Sonics have air conditioning.
Add $760 for destination charges.
There are no incentives. Chevy says they were number 2 in the segment last month without incentives.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan
26 city/35 highway miles per gallon
1.8-liter 4-cyl. Engine Automatic transmission
MSRP from $13,735

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Sedan
29 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.4-liter turbo 4-cyl. Engine
Manual transmission
MSRP from $14,935

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Sedan
26 city/35 highway miles per gallon
1.8-liter 4-cyl. Engine
Manual transmission
MSRP from $14,935

2012 Ford Fiesta S Sedan
29 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine
Manual or automated manual transmission
MSRP from $13,995
Until March 31, 2012 Ford is offering $500 cash back on each of these vehicles

2012 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan
29 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine
Manual or automated manual transmission
MSRP from $14,670

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2012 Ford Fiesta S hatchback
29 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine
Manual or automated manual transmission
MSRP from $14,100

2012 Hyundai Accent GS Hatchback
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission, no air conditioning
MSRP from $14,695

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2012 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission, no air conditioning
MSRP from $12,545
You can get a comfort package for an extra $1,750 that includes air conditioning, MP3 capability, XM satellite radio, AM/FM audio, iPod jacks, Power windows and body color mirrors. That puts your total up to $14,295. Destination charges are $775

2012 Kia Rio 5-Door LX
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $13,600
0.9% APR for 36 months.
Good until 2/29/12.
Kia says air conditioning is standard on all these vehicles. Add another $775 for destination charges.

2012 Kia Rio 5-Door LX
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Automatic transmission
MSRP from $14,7000.9% APR for 36 months.
Good until 2/29/12.

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2012 Kia Rio LX Sedan
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $13,400
Lease of $159/month for 39 months with $1999 due at signing.
Good until 2/29/12. Or 0.9% APR for 36 months. Good until 2/29/12.

2012 Kia Rio LX Sedan
30 city/40 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Automatic transmission
MSRP from $14,500
0.9% APR for 36 months.
Good until 2/29/12.

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2012 Kia Soul Base
27 city/35 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 138 horsepower and 123 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $13,900
Lease of $169/month for 36 months with $1999 due at signing.
Good until 2/29/12.
Or 0.9% APR for 36 months. Good until 2/29/12.

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2012 Mazda MAZDA2 Sport Hatchback
29 city/35 highway miles per gallon
1.5L 4-cyl. Engine = 100 horsepower and 98 ft-lbs. of torque
Manual transmission only
MSRP from $14,530 (this does not include a destination charge of $795, $840 in Alaska)
Has air conditioning. Mazda says the Mazda2 bested the Yaris sedan and the more expensive Mini Cooper by getting  the highest rating of “Good” on frontal and roof strength impact results conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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2012 Nissan Cube 1.8 Base Wagon
25 city/30 highway miles per gallon
1.8L 4-cyl. Engine = 122 horsepower and 127 pd-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $14,980

2012 Nissan Versa 1.8S Hatchback
26 city/31 highway miles per gallon
1.8L 4-cyl. Engine = 122horsepower and 127 pd.-ft of torque
Automatic transmission
MSRP from $14,480

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2012 Nissan Versa 1.6S Sedan
30 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 109 horsepower and 107 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $10,990

2012 Nissan Versa 1.6SV Sedan
30 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.6L 4-cyl. Engine = 109 horsepower and 107 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $14,870

2012 smart fortwo pure coupe Hatchback
34 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.0L 3-cyl. Engine = 70 horsepower and 68 pd.-ft of torque
Automated manual transmission
MSRP from $12,490

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2012 smart fortwo passion coupe Hatchback
34 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.0L 3-cyl. Engine = 70 horsepower and 68 pd.-ft of torque
Automated manual transmission
MSRP from $14,690

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2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan
23 city/33 highway miles per gallon
2.0L 4-cyl. Engine = 150 horsepower and 140 pd.-ft of torque
Manual transmission
MSRP from $13,699
The SX4 sedan has every type of financial offering you could think of; zero percent financing, a lease of $149 per month (after a $3,519 drive-off), $1,000 cash off if you bought a sedan, $500 off if you already own a Suzuki, and a $500 cash off if youre a member of the Armed forces.

2012 Toyota Yaris L Hatchback
30 city/38 highway miles per gallon
1.5L 4-cyl. Engine = 106 horsepower and 103 pd.-ft of torque
Automatic transmission
MSRP from $14,115

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About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.