If you're looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you're in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold in America cost $28,715 last year--hardly affordable for lots of shoppers who need reliable, safe, and inexpensive new cars. Good news: There are dozens of cars below $16,000. Some well-styled cars, with plenty of room and five-star safety ratings too. TheCarConnection.com has researched 16 great choices for cars less than $16,000. Of these 2009 models, some are far less expensive--one notably checking in at a hair under $10,000.