6 cheap cars with killer sound systems

2012 Buick Verano

Price: $23,470

Audio Upgrade: $595

Total Price: $24,065

This new Buick is the only car from a luxury brand on our list. So as you might expect, even the standard stereo system sounds pretty good.

It includes six speakers, CD player, USB connection with iPod interface, auxiliary input jack, audio controls mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, speed-sensitive volume control and XM satellite radio capability with three months' free service.

Then you goose it up to something really special for less than $600.

For that bargain price, Buick delivers a Bose-designed setup with nine premium speakers — including two subwoofers — and a seven-channel digital amp.

Delivering pure, crisp sound, we believe the Bose stereo is equal to units in much more expensive sedans.