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Cars are a must-have nowadays. Males and females of varying ages find this certain machinery essential to accomplish tasks of daily living. Travelling from one place to another would be a hassle without them otherwise. It saves time for many instead of choosing to commute towards their destination. Wherever you look today, almost everyone has one, each with different brands, specs and prices. Some may cost millions of dollars while some may be as cheap as they can be. The point is one has to find the balance between affordability and quality. What to look for specifically? Something reasonably cheap, safe to drive, comfortable to sit in, fits you and your family, basically anything that is worth spending your money on and not regretting it afterwards. Not many fit those criteria but there are some that does. Here is a list of 20 of the cheapest car brands sold in the world:

20. 2009 Saturn Outlook

2009 Saturn OutlookSaturn Outlook is a large all-wheel drive crossover SUV. It seats seven to eight people and has a third seat access. Like any other cars, it has the standard number of airbags: two frontal bags and two side-impact bags at the back; and has a panic brake assist. What many complain about this car though is its lackluster ability to accelerate.

19. 2009 Chevrolet Impala

2009 Chevrolet ImpalaThe Chevrolet Impala is a large car boasting a huge interior with an accompanying comfortable padding though many find the design a bit lacking. It also has the standard side-impact and side curtain airbags. Bluetooth connectivity to phone is available and can host up to six passengers at a time.

18. 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

2009 Dodge Grand CaravanThis Grand Caravan is built for families, with its spacious interior and kid friendly seats. It has its unique Swivel ‘n Go and Stow ‘n Go seats ideal for facing the back to interact with those on the third seat and creating more space for luggage respectively. Some may complain about the underpowered engine but it is just right for those who wish to travel safely and securely towards their destination.

17. 2009 Chevrolet HHR

2009 Chevrolet HHRThe 2009 Chevrolet HHR is perfect for someone who deems practicality and style more important. It may be lacking in the safety feature department but it makes up for it with a smooth sailing ride and swift travel. The interior is smaller but not overly so, just right for those who do not plan to travel in multiples. The style is a bit retro but it is what adds to its “stand-out” factor.

16. 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Subaru ForesterThe 2009 Subaru Forester is an all-wheel drive fitting for those who are adventurous and looking for an exciting ride. With its large interior and cargo-friendly body, it’s perfect for cross-country traveling. It has two editions: the standard with a 170 horsepower and the XT edition with a 224 horsepower.

15. 2009 Toyota Prius

2009 Toyota PriusWhat is notable about Toyota Prius is that it has a large center LCD screen and is an electric-dominant hybrid powertrain. It has a modest interior space and fuel-economy friendly. It may be less agile and powerful than other types of sedan of the same size but performance-wise, it is still worth the cost.

14. 2009 Ford Taurus

2009 Ford TaurusThe Ford Taurus is another child-friendly car with seat accommodations and driving visibility. There are large backseat and trunk spaces perfect for luggage though the disadvantage is the narrowed front seats. The interior design is also left to be desired, a bit out dated but if comfort and practicality is what you are looking for then this car is perfect for you.

13. 2009 Mercury Mariner

2009 Mercury MarinerThe Mariner is well praised for its spacious interior and up-for-the-challenge engine with a 171 horsepower for the standard and 240 horsepower for the V6 models. It is complete with the standard safety precautions and comfortable seating pads. What stands out is its SYNC Infotainment system, satellite radio and power sunroof. It is great for those with a lot of cargo and likes to travel long distances.

12. 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

2009 Hyundai Santa FeThe Hyundai Santa Fe is a front-wheel drive with a 5-speed transmission and has 242 horsepower. It has a well designed and eye catching interior. The standard safety features are excellent and the crash course test is reliable. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the best choice for those looking for a midsize crossover SUV.

11. 2009 Mazda MAZDA5

2009 Mazda MAZDA5The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 is the perfect crossover between a minivan and a wagon. It is a six-seater car with an auxiliary audio jack and sunroof. A touch-screen navigation system was also added. The only critique about this car though is its seemingly underpowered engine is not quite compatible for those who like to drive a little fast. The MAZDA5 is an excellent fit for small families.

10. 2009 Ford Ranger

2009 Ford RangerThe Ford Ranger is mostly used by persons who like to travel cross-country. It can overcome choppy uneven roads and mud pits. One improvement made from the previous edition of this model is a more responsive steering wheel made better for driving although; there are criticisms to its retro-like interior design. But for those looking for an off-road vehicle, then the 2009 Ford Ranger is perfect for that purpose.

9. 2009 Buick Lucerne

2009 Buick LucerneThis is a front wheel drive highway cruiser with a 227 horsepower. It has been praised for its spacious interior and V8 engine. It has a seating capacity of six with a front bench seat. There is not much cargo space, just moderate in size. This cruiser is suited for those looking for a quiet and comfortable ride.

8. 2009 Subaru Tribeca

2009 Subaru TribecaThe Subaru Tribeca is an all wheel drive with a 256 horsepower and top notch safety scores. It is smaller in size comparing to other similar models but that just adds to its ease to maneuver. There is limited space for the second and third row seats and may not be comfortable for tall drivers but if one is searching for a car that will provide safety during wet weathers and minimal steering problems, then the Subaru Tribeca is the right model for it.

7. 2009 Kia Optima

2009 Kia OptimaThis sedan is perfect for families looking for a safe, affordable and spacious car to fit them. It is a front wheel drive with a 175 horsepower with six standard airbags and anti-lock brakes. It also has available auxiliary jack, Bluetooth and USB port. The Kia Optima may midsize but it is of high class and with minimal aberrations.

6. 2009 Ford Escape

2009 Ford EscapeFord Escape boasts its fuel economy friendly status and a new and improved engine, now with a 171 horsepower. It is available in both manual and automatic transmission with smooth acceleration. It has mediocre safety ratings and an average reliability score as appraised by many critics. It also boasts its spacious interior and cargo space. It has features like leather seats, SYNC infotainment system and auxiliary jacks. The 2009 Ford Escape is highly recommended to travelers who would like to carry large amounts of baggage with them.

5. 2009 Chevrolet Equinox

2009 Chevrolet EquinoxThe Chevrolet Equinox is a sporty car with a larger engine compared to its previous edition. But, the larger engine only makes it faster with a horsepower of 185 at 5200 rpm. Its shape and size provides for a problem-free transition from smooth to rough riding conditions. It has good versatility and exceptional reliability scores.

4. 2009 Kia Sportage

2009 Kia SportageThe Kia Sportage may not be on the top of the list when it comes to the latest technology but it is the right choice if you are looking for a car that is affordable and comfortable. It has the standard safety precautions and is just the right size for a small family. It provides for a smooth sailing ride and easy maneuverability.

3. 2009 Toyota Avalon

2009 Toyota AvalonThe Toyota Avalon is a refined family sedan with good quality performance. The rear seats can be reclined and it has a standard electronic stability control. The fuel economy and reliability is top class. The car can seat five and the interior is plush and spacious. The seats are also ventilated. If good gas mileage and a comfortable ride is what one is looking for, then the 2009 Toyota Avalon is perfect for them.

2. 2009 Buick LaCrosse

2009 Buick LaCrosseThe Buick Lacrosse is a front wheel drive with a 200 horsepower and has a 4-speed automatic transmission. It has a six seat availability and plush interior. The downside though is that it has disappointing side-impact crash test result and has a cramped back leg room. Parking sensors and heated seats are available as well. The Buick Lacrosse may not be top class but considering its affordability, it is a well enough catch.

1. 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis

2009 Mercury Grand MarquisThe Grand Marquis is a rear wheel drive with a 224 horsepower and a 4-automatic transmission. It has an old-dated interior design but it is spacious. The inside is comfortable enough for at least six passengers. It has a reliable crash-course and safety rating. It may be simple but it is the ultimate definition of both cheap and quality buy.

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