For some people, choosing a car isn’t just about buying a vehicle that will get you from A to B, but also about impressing other road users. And for a lot of men, it is important that the car they eventually drive off the lot will also impress members of the opposite sex.
The quickest way to impress girls with your wheels is to buy a million-dollar supercar. Unfortunately, not every motorist has a bank balance that allows them to go out and buy the latest Bugatti or a vintage Rolls Royce.
Luckily, for those drivers with more realistic financial ambitions, there are plenty of cars coming out in 2019 which are both affordable and stylish. The ideal combination to make members of the opposite sex think that you’re richer than you really are!
20 Honda Civic
Having started out as a subcompact car in 1972, the Honda Civic grew in size in 2000 and is now classified as a compact car – and a very stylish one at that. The Japanese car is reliable, and with the 2019 sedan model coming in at a little over $19,000, it is also very affordable.
19 Mazda CX-3
Also hailing from Japan, the Mazda CX-3 is another affordable car that will attract attention on the streets. Better known for their sporty cars, like the Mazda Miata, the CX-3 is actually a subcompact crossover SUV, first launched in 2015, and this year’s model is priced at just over $20,000.
18 Ford Mustang
A Ford Mustang on a list of affordable cars? There is no doubt that this classic American muscle car is going to impress the ladies, but auto aficionados may be surprised to learn that prices for the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback start at $24,000 – with an extra $5,000 added to the price if you want a convertible.
17 Toyota Prius
Not only will the Toyota Prius impress the ladies with its fun sense of style, but its green credentials as the best-selling hybrid car will also attract the attention of environmentally friendly road users. A brand new Prius, which was first seen on the streets in 1997, will cost you just $27,000 in 2019.
16 Fiat 124 Spider
At first glance, the Fiat 124 Spider looks more like a vintage sports car than an affordable brand new model. Italy may be known for its stylish sports cars, but Fiat cars are more likely to be cheap and cheerful than sleeks and sophisticated, and a brand new 124 Spider will only set you back around $25,000.
15 Infiniti QX30
Launched in 1987, Infiniti is the luxury brand of Japanese car manufacturer Nissan, and the Infiniti QX30 is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV, which has been made by the company since 2017. For a luxury car, the Infiniti QX30 has a very ordinary price tag, with the latest model costing just $30,000.
14 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Luxury isn’t for everyone, however, and there are plenty of women who are going to be more impressed by drivers behind the wheel of a rough and ready off-roading SUV than a luxury model. In that case, the Jeep Grand Cherokee might be a better option, and the 2019 vehicle costs just $33,000.
13 BMW i3
Many drivers probably make the assumption that they aren’t going to be able to find a new BMW that is affordable, but there is one model from the German auto giant which has a starting price of less than $50,000. The all-electric compact BMW i3 will set you back just $44,000 for a brand new model.
12 Lexus IS-F
Like Infiniti, Lexus is the luxury division of a much better known Japanese car manufacturer – in this case, Toyota. The Lexus IS-F is a compact car which makes up part of the company’s flagship range (hence the “F” designation) and yet a brand new 2019 model will only set you back around $40,000.
11 Audi TT
Like BMW, Audi is another company which isn’t known for its affordable range of cars. And yet the fun and sporty Audi TT, a two-door roadster which has been in production since 1998, is available in 2019 for the very reasonable price of $44,000, making it one of the cheapest luxury sports cars on the market.
10 Kia Stinger
Kia is South Korea’s second-biggest automotive company behind Hyundai, and their range of well-made, stylish and best of all affordable cars have become popular with men and women around the world. Priced at just $32,000, the Kia Stinger is a compact executive car which has only been in production since 2018.
9 Jaguar F-Pace
Founded in the UK in 1935, Jaguar has created some of the most stylish cars ever to come out of England – and most of them have a hefty price tag to match. However, the company’s first attempt at creating an SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace, will cost drivers a much more affordable $44,000 for the 2019 model.
8 Nissan Sentra S
Hailing from Japan, the Nissan Sentra S may not be the most exciting car the company has ever made – that honor goes to the Nissan Skyline which starred in the Fast and Furious movies – but it is a very reliable and stylish compact car which will only cost you $20,000.
7 Chrysler 200
Chrysler is one of the great names of American automotive history, and the company’s Chrysler 200 is a mid-size sedan, also available as a convertible, which has been made since 2010. The most recent model came out in 2017 and cost between $20,000 and $31,000 when it first went on sale.
6 Skoda Superb
Czech motor manufacturer Skoda has not always been universally liked; back in the 80s, their cars had a reputation as being unreliable and boxy. Into the 21st century, however, and no-one would recognize cars like the Skoda Superb as being from the same company. Best of all, the family car will only set you back $30,000.
5 Ford Focus
Launched in 1998, the Ford Focus compact car has become one of the company’s biggest sellers, shifting hundreds of thousands of models in the US and Europe. The sedan version of the Ford Focus even has a certain style that you might not expect from a compact, along with a price tag of just $20,000 for the 2019 model.
4 Mitsubishi Lancer
The sporty Mitsubishi Lancer has enjoyed a long history and has been sold in the US under a host of rebadged names, including the Dodge Colt and the Chrysler Lancer. First made in 1973, the car has changed almost beyond all recognition over the last forty years, and new models can be picked up for less the $20,000.
3 Jeep Renegade Sport
First made in 2014, the Jeep Renegade is a subcompact crossover SUV and the Sport model features a lot of additional extras, both inside and out, which make this an impressive-looking vehicle both on and off-road. At around $22,000 for the 2019 model, the Jeep Renegade Sport is also a very reasonably priced SUV.
2 Subaru Impreza
Priced at less than $20,000 for the 2019 model, the Subaru Impreza compact car is a very affordable way to get your hands on an impressive set of wheels. The Subaru Impreza was first made in 1992 and has enjoyed motorsport success in rally racing as well as being sold around the world.
1 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul may not be a conventionally stylish car, but it is certainly an eye-catching set of wheels – and one will certainly turn heads on the street. The subcompact crossover SUV which was first sold in 2008 now has a price tag of just $16,500 for the 2019 model.
Sources: CBS News, US News, The Car Connection, Nissan News, KBB