If you've got no more than $15,000 to spend on a new car, does that mean you're going to get stuck with a latter-day Pinto? Not at all. "Entry level" does not have to mean "stripped" or "embarrassing to drive" as the picks that follow prove:

  1. 2006 Kia Rio (base price, $10,570)
  2. 2006 Chevy Cobalt (base price, $12,900)
  3. 2006 Honda Civic coupe (base price, $14,360)