Affordable cars

Spring has sprung, and that means you can hit the open road. Going for a joy ride can be a great way to shake off winter cobwebs, but without a slick looking ride, you may not have a fun time. Plus, if your car is run down and you don't have car insurance, you could get into serious trouble. Here are a few top-of-the-line and affordable new cars you may want to look at:

Nissan Cube: $17,570
If you are looking for a geometrical automobile, then the Nissan Cube is right up your alley. With its box shape design, you have a car that can fit nicely in your garage after a long drive in the country. Don't let the exterior design fool you - the Nissan Cube has plenty of cargo space to help you pack away anything you need for life on the road. This car also is a fuel saver, as its 1.8-liter engine and six-speed manual-drive train can help you get up to 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles to the gallon on the highway.

Fiat 500 Pop: $16,995
If you fancy yourself a bit of a bohemian, you may want to try out Fiat's 500 Pop model. This stylish looking ride is built to look small, but its engine packs a major punch. The 1.4-liter 101-horsepower MultiAir four-cylinder engine can really make this kitty purr. But this automobile won't cost you an arm and a leg at the gas station, as it gets up to 31 miles to the gallon.

Nissan Sentra S: $16,800
The Sentra has been a staple of Nissan's car line for more than 30 years, but the Japanese automaker has fine tuned the model to reflect the times. The Sentra S is a sharp-looking model and comes in a variety of colors to suit your mood. Its 130-horsepower engine can really give you the need for speed when you are out driving.

Kia Forte LX: $16,700
If you had to pick one word to describe Kia Motors, it would be "dependable." Since its foundation in 1957, the Korean automaker has designed and built cars that are flying off the lots. The Forte LX is one of its newest models and it should be a hot sell in 2014. Along with its standard issue Bluetooth installation, the Forte LX offers a four-cylinder engine that can get 37 miles to the gallon on a standard highway.

Chevrolet Spark LS: $12,995
When traveling on the open road, you want an automobile that can send a jolt of excitement through your body. One car that can do that is the Chevrolet Spark LS. This hatchback may only have two doors, but this model packs a punch. Its four-cylinder engine can get up to 31 miles to the gallon and comes with 84 horsepower. This stunning automobile also comes with a litany of accessories, including air conditioning, power windows, adjustable steering column and hill start assist. You won't have any trouble getting around with the one-of-a-kind automobile.

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