‘Value cars’ are gaining popularity in the auto market

'Value cars' are gaining popularity in the auto market While those with a bad credit auto loan may not be able to get the car of their dreams, leaving the lot with a "value car" seems to be the trend these days. According to USA Today, this segment of vehicles is becoming more and more popular as consumers try to save money.

"Value cars usually are small, but not always the tiniest or cheapest," said the news source. For example, the Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle and Honda Civic are not the lease expensive of the bunch, but they come with plenty of features that boost the overall value, giving drivers the biggest bang for their buck.

The news outlet calls the 2012 Nissan Versa the "poster car" for the value category. With an MSRP of $10,990, the compact car comes standard with air conditioning, electric power steering, a radio, stability control and more.

The 2012 Hyundai Accent is also a good example, with its $13,000 price tag and impressive 40-mile-per-gallon fuel economy. Not only does it get better gas mileage than some larger models, it is quite spacious and is included in the automaker's trade-in program.