Top 10 Budget Cars

Chevy Volt

1. Nissan Leaf MSRP: $32,780 Estimated annual operating cost: $561 for electric supply (lowest on this list) Federal and state subsidies can reduce the cost of this electric vehicle – and many others – to between $25,000 and $20,000, depending on your state ofresidence. While the operating costs are attractively low, one drawback to this vehicle is its range, which is only 100 miles on a single 30-minute charge. It’s a fine option for commuting around town, or if you own a second vehicle for longer trips.