The cheapest automotive segment in the US are small hatchbacks. These compact three or five door cars are ideally used in the city, or as a second or third car in the family. Despite sometimes lacking space, these little hatches were never short on charm and practicality. So, for your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the best new small hatchbacks under $15,000 and a couple more that are a just bit over the budget, but still worthy of your attention.

Ford Fiesta ($13,960)


The soon to be replaced seventh-gen Ford Fiesta starts at $13,960 for the base S hatchback version. The Fiesta SE is powered by a 1.6l Ti-VCTI engine with manual transmission as standard or optional Powershift six-speed automatic transmission. Claimed fuel consumption is 27/35 MPG, and it has seating for five. Safety-wise, there’s ABS on all four wheels, electronic brakeforce distribution and seven airbags, including side curtain airbags. All that makes the Fiesta a worthy contender and one of the best choices in the class, even for a model that will soon be pulled off.