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15 Vehicles That Fit Your New Year's Resolution Budget

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2015 Erick Ayapana

If money were no object, roads would be dominated with rides like the Ferrari FF and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Unfortunately, your wallet almost always dictates an automotive purchase. With that in mind, the following list proves that there are plenty of bargains to be had in almost every segment, whether you're looking for an affordable electric vehicle or a family hauler that'll seat seven.

Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude Front End 2© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude Front End 2 Packed with thoughtful engineering, off-road chops, and style, the new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a surprisingly low base price to go along with its small dimensions. The Renegade starts at just $18,990 and comes standard with a 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo-four and a six-speed manual transmission.

Scion FR-S

2015 Scion FR S© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Scion FR S The 2015 Scion FR-S (and its twinsie, the Subaru BRZ) is still a favorite when it comes to a no-frills, fun-to-drive, rear-drive sports car. The FR-S is popular in the aftermarket world, and options are endless (and expensive). In stock form, however, the FR-S is plenty fun and special and well worth its $25,670 base price.

Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES With a base price of $13,805, the Mirage is extremely affordable. Its cheapness, however, comes with many sacrifices. The Mirage has room for five(ish) passengers, but those in the cramped rear seats will be crying "Are we there yet?" before the buzzy 1.2-liter I-3 has had a chance to warm up. That engine produces a meager 74 hp and is fairly fuel efficient, but it's far from quick — the Mirage needs around 12 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

Ford Mustang V-6

2015 Ford Mustang GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang GT America's ponycars have never been better, and the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is proof. The Mustang V-6 is the thriftiest way into Ford's ponycar, with a starting price of $24,625. The eager 3.7-liter V-6 makes 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and the interior is a nice place to be thanks to supportive seats and a decent amount of standard features (the Mustang GT is shown here).

Toyota Prius C

2015 Toyota Prius C© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Prius C Toyota's hybrid hatchback is high-tech but not high-priced. For just around $20,000, the Prius C is among the cheapest hybrids available and returns an impressive EPA-rated 53/46 mpg city/highway. However, those seeking a bit more performance, comfort, and cargo space will have to move up to the slightly more expensive members of the Prius family.

Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX 5© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda CX 5 The compact crossover segment is crowded with strong players, but the Mazda CX-5 stands out for a number of reasons. It's one of the few crossovers available with a manual gearbox, and it handles almost as admirably as an MX-5 Miata. Also helping its case is a budget-friendly base price of just $22,375.

Nissan Frontier

2015 Nissan Frontier© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan Frontier If your booming landscaping business is in need of a new fleet of work trucks, the Nissan Frontier is the cheapest solution. A 2015 Frontier King Cab starts at just $18,875, and its 152-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 should be strong enough to haul those lawnmowers and Weedwackers.

Chevrolet Spark EV

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Charging© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Charging Chevy's tiny, all-electric Spark is fitted with a spunky motor that churns out 140 hp and a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque. It makes for a relatively entertaining experience behind the wheel, and its EPA-estimated 82-mile range is more than enough for city commuters. The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV carries a base MSRP of $27,645, but tax credits can knock off around $10,000 from that price, depending on the state.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI S

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI S is one of the cheapest diesels available and is perfect for the budget-minded road warrior with a long commute and an unrelenting itch for road trips. Priced at $22,460, the Jetta TDI S combines a 2.0-liter turbodiesel and a 14.5-gallon fuel tank that's capable of travelling more than 600 miles between fill-ups.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Front Three Quarter View In Motion 12© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Front Three Quarter View In Motion 12 If a 700-hp sedan happens to be on your bucket list, then 2015 just might be the year to check off that box. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is stuffed with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 churning out 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Better yet, no other sedan making more than 700 hp can touch the Charger SRT Hellcat's price of $63,290.

Ford Transit Connect XL Wagon

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon The Ford Transit Connect XL Wagon is new to the U.S. and provides an interesting alternative to long-running minivans such as the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. For starters, the Transit Connect XL Wagon is cheaper, with a base MSRP of $26,180. That price nets a pretty basic and standard interior, but at least parents won't have to worry about ruined leather or wood trim.

Toyota Avalon

2015 Toyota Avalon© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Avalon Buying a large luxury sedan doesn't require a six-figure price tag. The Toyota Avalon, for example, offers tons of space, sharp styling, and Lexus-like luxury all for a starting price of just $33,110. Its 3.5-liter V-6 is plenty strong, and there's even a hybrid option for buyers who want to save gas and the environment.

Mazda6

2015 Mazda6 Front Three Quarter View 3© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mazda6 Front Three Quarter View 3 No other segment combines value, space, and performance better than the midsize sedan segment. The 2015 Mazda6 isn't the segment's sales king, but it's a solid choice that's fun to drive and looks relatively handsome. It's affordable, too, with a starting price of $22,310.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible A four-seater convertible can be fun and relatively cheap thanks to the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. The base engine is VW's new 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo-four that's strong, responsive, and efficient, returning 32 mpg on the highway. Fans of the original drop-top Beetle will appreciate the new version's retro touches and its base price of $26,415.

Kia Forte

2015 Kia Forte Front Side View Lights On© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Forte Front Side View Lights On Packed with lots of standard features and decent powertrains, the Kia Forte has put up a good fight against compact segment champs such as the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. The Forte's price also makes it desirable, with a base MSRP of just $16,715.

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