April 8th 2011

Top 7 new fuel-efficient cars

Sure, you’d love to buy a car that is a little more eco-friendly… Not to mention a little lighter on your wallet.

And yes, electric cars seem like the logical choice — but are they?

These new, 2011 cars are our top picks, all of which get 30 miles per gallon or better, and don’t cost that much to boot.

Hyundai Accent

Cost: $9,985
Fuel economy: 30 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,479

Sleek and efficient, the Hyundai Accent is a light purchase on your wallet – and stays light on the gas intake.

2011 Kia Rio

Cost: $12,295
Fuel economy: 31 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,434

The Kia Rio is your basic car, getting you from A to B without a lot of cost, but it will get you where you need to go. The manual transmission gets 30 mpg combined fuel economy, versus the automatic transmission’s 31 mpg.

2011 Toyota Yaris

Cost: $12,855 ($13,615 for the sedan)
Fuel economy: 32 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,390

The subcompact 5 or 3 door hatchback or 4 door sedan looks great and feels good on the road… and the price is great, too.

2011 Ford Fiesta

Cost: $13,320
Fuel economy: 33 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,345

The automatic 2011 Ford Fiesta gets 1 better mpg than the manual version. This new Ford is a great alternative to the similar models from Toyota and Hyundai in years past.

2011 Mazda 2

Cost: $14,180
Fuel economy: 32 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,390

The manual-transmission Mazda 2 does better than the automatic (at 29mpg), but both are still relatively good choices compared to the competition.

2011 Honda Fit

Cost: $15,100
Fuel economy: 31 mpg
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,730

The Honda Fit is a great buy, with a roomy interior that is perfect for families who want something small but spacious.

2011 Nissan Sentra

Cost: $15,520
Fuel economy: 30 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,479

This affordable option has an automatic transmission with better fuel economy than its manual transmission, which gets just 24 mpg.


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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.