Cheap car with good gas mileage: Yaris
I’m not in the market for a car right now but I ran into this one and I was really happy to see a four door car with 40mpg that prices for less than $14,000 new! Toyota.com : Vehicles : Yaris.
If I got 40mpg, I think I’d save $150/month. The car would be paid for in a year!
12/8/06: Somebody should have pointed out that my math was off by a factor of 10! The car would be paid off in 10 years.
That said, we went and sat in a Yaris today. It was a bit narrow for Frank’s shoulders but had room for the car seat. It had lots of cupholders but manual windows.