These are the best new cars for under $ 22,515

Before I get to this list of ‘best cheap cars’, I have a feeling you might be wondering about this title. Why $ 22,515? I chose this figure because the average price of a new car in 2021 exceeded $ 45,000 for the first time – $ 45,301, to be exact – and half of this is… well, you get the idea.

As for the list, I’ll try to answer it the same way you would probably answer your friends if they asked you for help choosing a new car: with a personal question.

“Why are you planning to use it?” “


Look, the best answer to that “best cheap car for 2022” question is, in almost every use case, the Ford Maverick, starting at $ 19,995 (plus destination).

Yes, it’s “compact”, but probably not as compact as you might think. It also has room for five adults, a 1,500lb payload, and – in the hybrid version – will trade you in 42 miles of city driving for every gallon of gas you pour into it.

I have to admit, at this point, I haven’t driven the Maverick yet. Having said that, I don’t have to. Despite being a front driver I’m sure he’s capable enough, drives and handles well enough, and stops and goes well enough to get me through my day to day with a minimum. of complaints.

Plus, Ford’s smallest truck has enough cargo space to solve almost any use case I can throw at it. Trip to IKEA? To verify. Big Home Depot Plant? To verify. Are you dragging a family’s luggage to the airport? Recheck.

Order your base Maverick model with a Tonneau – Soft Fold pickup box cover ($ 560), trailer hitch receiver with 4-pin connector ($ 100) and all-weather deck-style flooring (135 $) for only $ 22,285, with destination.

If you want the best “cheap car” then you can stop reading now. If you want something a little more specialized, keep reading.



My friend Mike drove from Wellington, Ohio to Independence for work. It’s 45 miles each way five or sometimes six times a week. That’s about 2,000 miles of driving per month, not counting grocery shopping, nightlife, or whatever. In rural Ohio too. It should be noted that each of those readers would probably be 10 or 15 miles alone. All in all, Mike easily traveled 30,000 miles per year. What someone like that needs is a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic – and the Corolla gets the green light for 2022.

Why choose the Corolla when the Honda is brand new for 2022? This one is a personal preference. The Civic is a great car, but with a base price of $ 21,900 and a destination charge of $ 1,015, it’s just above the arbitrary price limit I set for this article. But that’s okay, because the Toyota, like the Honda, is a tough, capable, and somewhat boring little AB device with a long history of reliability and resale value. The Toyota also has another advantage: the ease with which I have personally been able to hypermillate this latest generation of Corollas.

If you are unfamiliar with hypermiling, the basic idea is that you drive in a way that allows you to save fuel as much as possible. It could mean driving a little slower or going a little harder, but I very easily averaged over 50 mpg over a week of driving with minimal effort, and that kind of proven fuel economy is. more important than ever today.

Order yours as a sedan, exactly as Matthew Guy specified, and get home for $ 20,815 (plus plus plus).


That’s not a typical choice, of course – but the Arcimoto FUV will handle 90 percent of the trips Americans make on their own. Whether it’s driving to work on your own or picking up a few things from the grocery store, the all-electric 3-wheel Arcimoto is more than up to the job with a top speed of 75 mph and a just over 100 miles of range.

Besides being super efficient, the Arcimoto is also quite fun. It’s open on three sides, to begin with, but it’s surprisingly free from wind noise and jolts thanks to the F-14-style fairing / canopy tuning.

Speaking of surprises, the FUV is also surprisingly inexpensive, starting at $ 17,900. before all EV incentives are taken into account. If the proposed $ 7,500 electric motorcycle tax credit goes through, the net price of an Arcimoto would be $ 10,400, which means you could get two of the things and stay under our arbitrary price cap!


If you didn’t like the Arcimoto, you better stop reading now, because you’re not going to like the next one. I trust you will keep reading, though, because it’s not “The Things We Say About Cars Because We Love To Hear Them”, it’s the. Truth About the cars – and the truth is, for less than $ 22,515 nothing beats a full-size sports bike – not in a straight line, not in top speed, nothing. Well, maybe a head-on crash, but we’ll keep that argument in case we do a “Safest car under $ 22,515” follow-up.

In the meantime, it doesn’t matter if your tastes lean towards the state-of-the-art BMW S 1000 RR, the gorgeous new Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RR 2022, or even the so-good-at-all. that’s the almost boring perfection of the Honda CBR1000RR ABS – if you want to even get close on four wheels, you’ll have to be prepared to spend a lot of money. Hell, even a land yacht like the $ 18,999 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard (my personal choice under $ 20,000, if anyone’s curious) will accelerate, tack, and completely overtake any new car in its range. price range and still get over 30 mpg.

Alas, these aren’t cars – and maybe the Arcimoto isn’t either (despite the love three-wheelers have received these days), but these are my choices for transportation. at low price.

What are yours? Come on, B&B – surely you’ve got a new idea of ​​what the best new ride could be for the money, so scroll down to the comments and let us have it!

[Images: Ford, Toyota, Arcimoto, Triumph]

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