It’s a simple matter of physics; the lighter a car is, the more agile and dynamic it can be. Lighter bodies, thinner tires, lighter brakes, and smaller engines all equate to lightning-fast cars around a turn. Many automakers spend years perfecting materials that are both lighter and stronger than steel to create more efficient, better-performing vehicles for us to drive. Strangely, some of the cars on our list are not likely the cars that will get you excited.
6. Hyundai Accent – 2,679 lbs.
Smaller than the Elantra but larger than the Rio, the Accent is lighter than both of them, according to AutoGuide.com. Unlike the Kia Rio, the Hyundai Accent does not come as a hatchback, but it is about 100 pounds lighter than the Kia. When you want affordable driving that feels energetic, this lightweight car starts at $16,645 for the SE trim.
5. Hyundai Venue – 2,612 lbs.
Is it an overgrown hatchback or a subcompact crossover SUV? It’s hard to tell, but the Hyundai Venue is one of the lightest cars you can buy. Compared to the Nissan Kicks, the Venue is 75 pounds lighter and brings you an expressive powertrain that feels at home on city streets. The alloy wheels, 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto in the standard package makes it easy to choose this car.
4. Nissan Versa – 2,599 lbs.
A Nissan Versa equipped with the five-speed manual transmission in the entry-level S trim is the only way to stay under 2,600 pounds. You’ll find a generous list of safety equipment and know that you can handle twists and turns in one of the most affordable cars in the market. If you’re going small, there’s nothing wrong with the Versa.
3. Mazda MX-5 Miata – 2,341 lbs.
If you’re looking for the most fun on four wheels, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is what you want to drive. As one of the lightest cars you can buy, you’ll love the performance, packaging, and energy of this impressive little roadster. It feels like you’ve got more than 181 horsepower coming out of the engine because this car is perfectly balanced to be a confident and fun car to drive.
2. Chevrolet Spark – 2,246 lbs.
The second-lightest car on sale in America is the Chevrolet Spark. It won’t win any awards for speed, power, or imagination, but it can be fun to drive. This hatchback is in its last year of production, making it a car you should drive now if you want one. You’ll find a reasonable price but might not find enough reasons to buy the Spark.
1. Mitsubishi Mirage – 2,095 lbs.
Like the Spark, the Mitsubishi Mirage is a tiny hatchback that is hard to understand. It’s relatively affordable, easy to drive in the city, and efficient. Unfortunately, just because it’s the lightest car you can buy right now doesn’t make it a good car for you to drive. If you want a car with more power, space, and personality, the four listed above the Spark might be better suited to you.
Bonus: what is the lightest car ever built?
The tiny roads of European cities are home to many small and light cars. We look to CarBuzz for the lightest production cars ever made as a bonus. Here we find the LCC Rocket, produced from 1991-1998. The LCC Rocket tipped the scales at 386 kg, which is equivalent to 851 pounds.
Incidentally, LCC stands for Lightweight Car Company, which gives us an idea they know what they were doing. This lightweight car used an engine that gave it between 143 and 165 horsepower, depending on the specification. Unlike the other cars on our list, LCC only made 55 models of this car.