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Best small cars for fuel economy for summer 2011

Consumer Reports News: June 14, 2011 04:08 PM

If you’re looking to downsize your fuel guzzler for a fuel sipper, a small car may be the way to go. Small cars provide the best combination of fuel economy and price, plus many of the newest models are also relatively safe, having performed well in crash tests and in Consumer Reports dynamic tests. However, some small cars are better than others, and below we highlight the most fuel-efficient models in our ratings.

These lists feature results from our latest tests of the most efficient subcompact, small cars, small wagons, and hatchbacks currently on sale. But since there is more to choosing a car than fuel economy, it’s important to look for cars which perform well and are reliable and safe. After checking out the lists, you can click over to our model overview pages where you can get our full ratings on the vehicles listed, as well as pricing, reliability, and much more.

Subcompact cars
Model Price MPG
Smart ForTwo Passion (2-door hatchback) $15,355 39
Ford Fiesta SE (sedan) $16,595 33
Toyota Yaris (sedan) $16,423 32
Honda Fit (hatchback) $16,020 30
Mazda2 Touring $17,075 30
Small wagons & hatchbacks
Model Price MPG
Honda Insight (hybrid) $21,790 38
Volkswagen Golf TDI (diesel, manual) $24,764 38
Mini Cooper Clubman $24,700 29
Toyota Matrix 1.8L $19,200 29
Nissan Cube $16,790 28
Small sedans
Model Price MPG
Toyota Corolla LE $18,404 32
Hyundai Elantra GLS $18,445 29
Kia Forte EX $18,540 28
Mazda3 i Touring $19,070 28
Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL $19,530 27

For more information on saving fuel, see our guide to fuel economy.

Liza Barth

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