8. Honda Civic HF - 31 city / 41 highway / 35 combined
The Civic HF could be a close tie with #9, the Corolla LE ECO, but we’re pushing it one ahead because excellent safety scores are available on the government’s Web site and it squeaks out a teeny amount less greenhouse gas emissions.
Honda’s venerable Civic line gets decent mileage in any iteration, but the HF – for High Fuel efficiency as last seen on the 1991 CRX HF – gets aerodynamic tweaks, low rolling resistance tires, and a fuel-efficient CVT automatic transmission.
Power is via a 16-valve inline-four all-aluminum engine yielding 143 horsepower and 129 pounds-feet of torque.
The reasonably roomy compact Civic HF also scores well in safety, with five out of five stars overall. MSRP is $19,940 plus $790 destination.