6 Fair Cars For Less Than Your Monthly Groceries
When you think of your monthly expenses, what does a few hundred dollars typically get you? Pilates/Crossfit/yoga classes? That fancy coffee habit (with pastry on the side) you just can’t quit? Hey, everyone has their thing.
But what if two Benjamins (and a few Jacksons) could get you a car? In fact, this exact scenario is entirely possible if you’re into these six Fair models—each one costing you less than $300 per month. All are currently available in Los Angeles (and some other markets) for low monthly payments that include routine maintenance, roadside assistance, and even a limited warranty. All listed payments include tax and are for well-qualified customers, with start payments set around $1,000 (though prices may vary based on the individual car). Photos are model depictions and do not refer to a specific listing.
1. Kia Soul ($230 per month)
Kia is one of the youngest car companies in the U.S., but it’s proven that “affordable” doesn’t have to mean “flimsy.” In fact, Kia has evolved into a sensible, tech-savvy brand with a loyal following among the environmental set, and a knowing sense of humor about its place in the world of cars. Just check out its commercials depicting Melissa McCarthy as an eco-warrior, a parked stand-off with a Lamborghini, and a newborn “turbo hamster” busting out of the hospital like a furry, pouch-cheeked action hero. The fun and functional Kia Soul is the perfect car for anyone who wants the flexibility of an SUV with the practicality of a compact—and for a monthly payment that’s as adorable as it is.
2. Hyundai Sonata ($247 per month)
Though the Hyundai brand has only been in the U.S. for about 30 years, the South Korean automaker has built a reputation for reliability and dependability. It’s been consistently named as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS since 2014, making it a safe choice for any everyday driver. Not surprisingly, the Sonata is designed for both safety and reliability—so if those two factors are at the top of your decision-making list, this might be the car for you.
3. Ford Fiesta ($252 per month)
Despite the south-of-the-border flair in its name, the Fiesta actually first became popular in Britain during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Since crossing the pond, the Fiesta has become known for being exceptionally fuel efficient thanks to its EcoBoost engine. They’re easy to park, yet still big on cargo space. These factors make the Fiesta flexible enough to keep up with the demands of urban living. And if you want a little bit more excitement in your drive, take off in a sporty Fiesta ST for about $50 more per month.
4. Nissan Altima ($274 per month)
This is the perfect midsize sedan if your back seat is always full. The Nissan Altima has lots of rear passenger and trunk space. It’s going to be excellent if you’re the one usually tasked with picking up the crew, or have a small family that needs a little extra room. It’s a spacious ride that makes fitting five easy. The Altima is also great on gas, so you can easily expect to see 38 miles per gallon on the highway with the 2018 model year. Add in the generous legroom and an emphasis on simple-to-use technology, and this ride will make you the envy of even your most spendthrift friend.
5. Jeep Patriot ($252 per month)
If you’ve got a serious case of wanderlust, you’re going to need a Jeep to keep up. Off-road adventures and tough terrains have never been easier than with Jeep’s available four-wheel-drive system. If you’re really looking to get to the road less traveled, search for a Patriot with the “Trail Rated” badge for even better performance. Best yet, you can pick up a Jeep Patriot with no long-term commitment on Fair, then head up to Malibu for a well-deserved beach break (surfboard not included).
6. Chevrolet Sonic ($274 per month)
For this price, you can actually get a fully loaded Sonic Premier decked out with nice features like a heated steering wheel, heated seats, a backup camera and more. It’s the perfect car for road trips, or just making the best of another weekday morning in traffic on the 405. After all, it’s got lots of fun things like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration to help make LA traffic a bit more bearable.