9. Toyota Corolla LE ECO - 30 city / 42 highway / 35 combined
Redesigned for 2014, the 11th-generation Corolla line is a clean, evolved design, with the ECO version of the LE powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder engine providing 140 horsepower, and 126 pounds feet of torque.
A Valvematic variable intake system and CVT transmission are part of the efficiency tweaks for the family sedan.
The EPA classifies it as a midsized but really, its 98 cubic feet of volume are only three more than the compact-class Civic that takes eighth place, and the Corolla is effectively a compact.
Both these cars are competitive, and the MSRP of the Corolla starting at $18,700 plus $810 destination is a bit less as well.