2011 Chevrolet Aveo5 – $13,995

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo; photo courtesy General Motors. Click image to enlarge

With the all-new 2012 Sonic on the way, Chevrolet is offering an employee pricing discount (up to $3,420) on its subcompact Aveo. If we were to take those into account, this car could very likely boast the lowest out-the-door price of any car in Canada. We can’t predict how that situation might change, and so the Aveo’s MSRP puts the car smack in the middle of our list. Air and automatic are extra, but both can be added to the base model, for an all-in price of $16,295, plus a $1,450 destination fee. A sedan is available too, but its bottom price is a couple hundred dollars more than the hatchback. Cost with freight, auto and air: $17,745

2011 Toyota Yaris – $13,995

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2011 Toyota Yaris; photo courtesy Toyota. Click image to enlarge

Toyota’s little Yaris can be optioned with an automatic transmission for $1,000 over its base price, but getting A/C means choosing the LE Convenience Package, which runs the price of an automatic model to $18,075 and also includes cruise, power locks with keyless entry, power heated mirrors and electric windows and a split-folding rear seat (in place of a single-panel folder). Toyota’s destination fee is among the lowest in this group, at $1,350. Cost with freight, auto and air: $19,425

Here’s a chart featuring each of our subject vehicles. The base price is the manufacturer’s MSRP, then we add automatic transmission, then air conditioning. We’ve spared you the taxes!

Model
Base price
Automatic
Auto and air
Nissan Versa
$11,798
$13,798
$15,098
Ford Fiesta
$12,999
$14,249
$17,249
Hyundai Accent
$13,199
$14,399
$16,199
Chevrolet Aveo5
$13,995
$15,145
$16,295
Toyota Yaris
$13,995
$14,995
$18,075