Although the average transaction price for a new vehicle today is above $36,000, the cheapest compact cars can offer a great way to save money. In fact, going by MSRPs, a couple of these cars are literally half as expensive as that $36K benchmark. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck in the penalty box, though. Some of the least-expensive small cars can still provide high-end cues like advanced safety technology, all-wheel drive, and LED lighting. We’ve also managed to put some compact hatchbacks on our list, so you can take advantage of extra cargo space without needing to pay more money to get an SUV. Finally, just to be clear, these are all cars from the industry’s compact class. Smaller subcompacts, with smaller prices, could be the best fit for shoppers on tighter budgets.