10 great cheap cars

If you want to buy a new a car but don't want to shell out more than a few hundred bucks a month, here are 10 cars under $18,000 that are worth looking at.

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Ford Fiesta
Price: $13,320 - $17,120
Mileage: 28 City / 37 Hwy

Surprise! The most fuel efficient, fun-to-drive inexpensive subcompact sold in America is the Ford Fiesta.

Seriously, it's true.

And it gets even crazier because the most fun to drive Ford Fiesta -- ironically the one with the automatic transmission -- is also the most fuel efficient.

No, it's not backwards day at CNNMoney.com. The Fiesta's twin-clutch automatic transmission sends power almost continuously to the wheels, the gear switches happening almost instantaneously. And that nicely complements the Fiesta's quick, responsive handling.

NEXT: Chevrolet Cruze
Last updated November 12 2010: 11:18 AM ET
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