Smart fortwo cabriolet: $19,700


Everybody wants a nice car with lots of features. But many people think they can’t afford it. For those of you who feel that way, Metro Carguide has developed a list of very cool car models that sell for less than $20,000.

We chose the $20,000 price point because that would usually give buyers a reasonable average monthly payment over the life of a typical car loan or lease. Fuel economy wasn’t one of our criteria, but every one provides good mileage. Each was chosen based on price, design, style and performance. The choice for this week is:

Smart fortwo cabriolet: $19,700 — Despite its Kinder-egg styling, the fortwo has been an enigma in Toronto. Credit goes to its low price, high measure of quality, and divine fuel economy — try 4.2L/100km. In other words, it’ll run for weeks on your quarterly GST credit. Standard are a bevy of safety features.

A cool touch is the available (cost-option) plug-in interior pieces, like storage for CDs.

Did we mention the car qualifies for a $2,000 rebate through the government’s ecoAUTO program?