Cheap cars

These are the cheap cars you wish were still on sale in the US

A vintage advertisement showing the Suzuki Swift GTi sedan in a green border.

Photo: Suzuki

“It was a ridiculously small ‘economy’ sedan, with the putt-putt three-cylinder engine replaced by a 1.3-litre, DOHC, 16-valve four-cylinder producing 100bhp. It was a hoot to drive. I almost bought one…the ‘rents wouldn’t let me because ‘what if you get hit by a truck?’.

“But I tested it three times over 100+ miles total…I couldn’t get enough. This thing was all point and squirt and just silly fun. The only little car that’s come close for ages. years was the Impreza 2.5 RS (which made me laugh like a little girl when I drove it on narrow, twisty, undulating roads).

“Years later I bought a 2004 Mini Cooper S, which was a lot bigger, a lot heavier and a little faster…it also handled better and was a lot of fun, but that stupid little Suzuki was so mad that the Mini felt big and safe by comparison.

“If I could find one, I’d buy it in a heartbeat…if I could find one with a bad body and a green ‘Geo Metro with a bad engine, I’d take the transmission and suspension from the GT and merge them into the ultimate summer idiot car.

“PS I was going to say Ford Maverick but I thought you weren’t looking for 52 year old cars that aren’t really small or cheap by today’s standards…but since I growing up in the back seat of a red car for the first 13 years of my life, I always wanted one (that I could then handle and go fast but still look econoFord).

Available as a three- or five-door sedan and a four-door sedan, the Suzuki Swift was a popular option in its day. Especially this boosted GTi model, which added a 1.3-liter 16-valve inline-four engine that produced 101 hp.

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