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January 18, 2012

2012 Ten Most & Least Expensive Cars, And Some In The Middle…

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Written by: Pete
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2012 is now upon us and many of us, more than twelve million based on last years’ sales, will be buying a new car this year.

Whether you are wealthy or not or have a family or not or whatever your needs and demands, there are a plethora of good and viable choices to make that commute from A to B as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

10 Least Expensive Cars For Sale in 2012

  1. Nissan Versa Sedan – MSRP from $10,990
  2. Hyundai Accent Sedan – MSRP from $12,445
  3. Ford Fiesta Sedan – MSRP from $13,200
  4. Kia Rio Sedan – MSRP from $13,400
  5. Kia Rio Hatchback – MSRP from $13,600
  6. Suzuki SX4 Sedan – MSRP from $13,699
  7. Toyota Yaris Sedan – MSRP from $13,715
  8. Chevy Sonic Sedan – MSRP from $13,735
  9. Kia Soul – MSRP from $13,900
  10. Ford Fiesta Hatchback – MSRP from $14,100

Now, I know many of you might be thinking that your money doesn’t go too far at this price point in the new car market, and you would be right.  But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find some fine means of transportation here either.

The Nissan Versa Sedan for instance has the largest rear seat legroom of any car in its class.  Even at is sub-$11k base price it still manages to have six standard air bags, ABS, a trip computer, tilt steering column, AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary jack.  All the other basics are there and with 109 hp and a 5-speed manual the Versa Sedan gets 30 mpg city and 38 mpg hwy.

Of those on this list, the Kia Soul offers a tremendous amount of value.  Power windows, mirrors, and door locks, AM/FM/CD audio system with satellite radio, USB, and auxiliary jack, A/C, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel mounted controls, 4-wheel disc brakes, and even Bluetooth connectivity.  Add this a 6-speed manual connected to a 138 hp 1.6L GDI motor that gets 27mpg city and 35mpg hwy and you can see how far your $15,000 goes these days.
Many of the other cars here offer their own unique style and personality and if you pick your options wisely you can end up with a basic means of transportation that will get you good gas mileage with some nice little convenience features.  Happy picking.

10 Most Expensive Cars For Sale in 2012

  1. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Convertible – MSRP from $1,990,064
  2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupe – MSRP from $1,705,769
  3. Maybach Landaulet Convertible – MSRP from $1,380,000
  4. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead – MSRP from $447,000
  5. Maybach 62 Sedan – MSRP from $423,500
  6. Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe – MSRP from $408,000
  7. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – MSRP from $387,000
  8. Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan – MSRP from $380,000
  9. Lexus LF-A Coupe – MSRP from $375,000
  10. Maybach 57 Sedan – MSRP from $372,500

Now, on the other end of the spectrum are the 10 most expensive cars for sale in 2012.  Here you are really left with a choice of what you value in a car.  Some offer extreme performance, others offer extreme luxury, others offer extreme looks, and others offer everything available in cars today, to the extreme of course.

Cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and Lexus LFA offer the extreme performance and extreme looks one might seek when spending more than $350,000 on a single car.  Both have more than 550 hp V10 or larger motors and both can hit 60 mph from a stop in under 3.5 seconds.  At the track their performance credentials can be even more exploited with recorded Nurburgring lap times of under 7 minutes and 30 seconds for each.

Any of the cars on this list from either Maybach or Rolls-Royce offer the extreme in luxury.  With features and amenities that some might not even find in their own homes.  Every detail is crafted with such attention that it is no surprise that it takes months to craft any of these cars.  With large V12 motors only at this level and well over 600 hp, these cars represent the ultimate in luxury motoring.

Now, for the extreme in luxury, performance, style and looks, and everything else one could imagine form a single car, is the Bugatti Veyron.  Should you be fortunate to own this ultra exclusive car, you will find yourself piloting a 1,001 hp, 8.0L 16-Cylinder, Quad-Turbocharged, All-Wheel-Drive, 4,500 lb mammoth.  With that combination, the Veyron Coupe can hit 60 mph in a record setting 2.5 seconds and blast through the ¼ mile in just 10.1 seconds.  All this is done on its way up to its record holding top speed of 257 mph.

Regardless of which vehicle you choose here, you will be rewarded with your choice.  Whether you choose to cruise the strip in your super exotic Lamborghini, hit the track in your race ready Lexus LFA, travel to wine country in your Maybach or Rolls-Royce, or do it all in your Bugatti, you really can’t go wrong with a choice here.

10 Cars for the Rest of US

2012 has brought about a renewed vigor from many car companies around the globe.  New comers like Hyundai and Kia with great new products and newly established motives from the likes of Ford, GM, and Chrysler.  The Europeans continuing their trend of history and tradition with a modern take.  The average transaction price for a car sold in the US last year was about $30,000.  Here are 10 new cars this year that are worth getting excited about that can be had for around $30,000.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion – MSRP from $20,000 to $32,000
  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat – MSRP from $20,0000 to $30,000
  • 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – MSRP from $24,0000 to $34,000
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R – MSRP from $33,000 to $38,000
  • 2013 Ford Focus ST – MSRP from $24,000 to $30,000
  • 2013 Ford Escape – MSRP from $24,000 to $32,000
  • 2013 Volkswagen CC – MSRP from $28,000 to $40,000
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS – MSRP form $28,000 to $40,000
  • 2013 Ford Mustang – MSRP from $23,000 to $50,000
  • 2012 Chrysler 300 – MSRP from $28,000 to $50,000

Whether you are looking for a sport compact, a mid-size family sedan, a sport coupe, a cross-over, or a full out luxury sedan, there are plenty of options for around $30,000 these days.  Even from America, Europe, and Asia, depending on your preference.

Now is a better time than any for a new car purchase and with so many good choices on the market there is something for everyone.  Whether spending $12,000, $30,000, or $350,000, I am sure you can find something to suit your needs.

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