DETROIT – The Detroit Auto Show is full of glamorous, expensive cars that most of us can only dream of owning.
While they’re fun to look at and get inside, the chances are, the majority of people looking at these fancy cars aren’t actually planning on buying them.
So what about the more realistic options? I took a walk through the auto show and asked many product specialists what their brands’ most affordable cars on display were.
While the majority of the vehicles on display were fully loaded versions (meaning equipped with the most expensive packages), I asked for the starting price points of their cheapest models.
2023 Ford Maverick
- Starting price point: $20,000
- Key features: gets 40mpg (hybrid) and can tow up to 200 pounds
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Starting price point: $26,000
- Key features: Fully Electric. Travels 259 miles on a single charge
Pictured is the 2022 version. The product specialist told me this one starts at $36,000 but the 2023 version is dropping down to $26,000.
2022 Fiat 500x
- Starting price point: $27,000
- Key features: all-wheel drive. 30 mpg on the highway
2023 Toyota Corolla
- Starting price point: $23,000
- Key features: Updated infotainment system with apple car play and android auto. Also offered in a hybrid version which starts at $26,000.