Small Car

The best strategy for fuel efficiency is to downsize. And there are many stylish and sporty options.

Name Combined MPG Body Type MSRP Available
2011 Smart ForTwo

2011 Smart ForTwo

The Smart ForTwo is cute and relatively fuel efficient, but underpowered with a clunky transmission.
36 MPG Coupe $12,500 Now
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

New stylish subcompact, due in 2010, could be Chevy's high-mpg hit.
34 MPG Sedan $18,200 Now
2012 FIAT 500

2012 FIAT 500

Small and loaded with Italian flair, with combined mileage expected in mid-3o-mpg range
33 MPG Coupe $15,500 Now
2011 Mini Cooper

2011 Mini Cooper

Matches or beats efficiency of other subcompacts, but with tons more style.
32 MPG Coupe $19,400 Now
2011 Toyota Yaris

2011 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is the leader of the subcompact triumvirate, which includes the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa.
32 MPG Coupe $13,000 Now
2010 Mini Cooper Clubman

2010 Mini Cooper Clubman

The same hip and efficient Mini Cooper, but with a longer body and wheelbase.
32 MPG Coupe $20,400 Now
2011 Mazda2

2011 Mazda2

Small and fun to drive, and it beats the mileage of Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.
32 MPG Sedan $14,200 Now
2011 Honda Fit

2011 Honda Fit

The Fit has a smart, but playful appearance, and a deceivingly large and versatile five-passenger interior.
31 MPG Sedan $14,600 Now
2011 Toyota Corolla

2011 Toyota Corolla

Popular and practical model with fuel efficiency approaching the hybrid realm.
31 MPG Sedan $15,600 Now
2011 Nissan Versa

2011 Nissan Versa

Offered in two body styles, a sporty 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan, the Versa is the largest and most powerful entry-level compact car.
30 MPG Sedan $16,600 Now
2008 Scion xD

2008 Scion xD

Small and efficient like the xA, but edgier and more powerful.
30 MPG Sedan $14,500 Now
2009 Honda Civic

2009 Honda Civic

The best-selling compact is affordable, and gets good mileage.
30 MPG Sedan $15,500 Now
2011 Nissan Sentra

2011 Nissan Sentra

Competitively priced small car with nifty interior features and competent road manners
30 MPG Sedan $15,800 Now
2011 Kia Rio

2011 Kia Rio

Plain-Jane from from front to back. The Kia Rio makes no false promises. It's affordable and efficient.
29 MPG Sedan $12,300 Now
2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus

40 mpg on the highway, in a functional package with a pinch of oomph.
29 MPG Sedan $16,000 Now
2009 Toyota Matrix

2009 Toyota Matrix

A segment buster: part compact car, part sport wagon, and part small crossover utility.
29 MPG Sedan $16,700 Now
2009 Pontiac Vibe

2009 Pontiac Vibe

One of the premier “compact crossover” vehicles in the new segment.
29 MPG SUV $17,400 Now
2010 Chevrolet Aveo

2010 Chevrolet Aveo

Bargain price for comfortable ride, fuel-efficiency, and reasonable performance
29 MPG Sedan $12,000 Now
2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Nissan Cube

A whimsical and quirky option in the small economy class.
29 MPG Sedan $14,000 Now
2010 Kia Soul

2010 Kia Soul

Hip, affordable, boxy urban cruiser, with lots of accessories.
28 MPG Sedan $13,300 Now
2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB

Good fuel efficiency for the little wagon. Urban and youthful.
25 MPG Van $16,000 Now
2011 Suzuki SX4

2011 Suzuki SX4

The most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle on the road today.
25 MPG Sedan $17,000 Now
2009 Mazda5

2009 Mazda5

Number one most fuel-efficient minivan on the market. Smaller than most.
25 MPG Van $18,000 Now
2010 Kia Rondo

2010 Kia Rondo

Affordable small wagon with lots of cargo space, and decent fuel economy.
23 MPG Van $17,500 Now