Hatchbacks are a popular body style thanks in part to sporty looks and maximized cargo volume. Since most models also fall into the compact vehicle class, this year's crop of 2011 hatchbacks also includes some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles for the year. Review five 2011 hatchbacks that deliver above-average gas mileage to determine which model is right for you.
2011 Honda Insight (41 mpg combined)
As one of the few hatchback hybrid options for the year, the Honda Insight beats out much of the competition with an estimated 40-mpg in the city and 43-mpg on the highway. Smaller than the Toyota Prius and slightly more affordable (base price is $18,200), this may be a good choice for you if you're on a tight budget yet want the added benefits of hybrid technology. Overall, reviewers tend to speak positively about the Insight's smooth driving dynamics and decent amount of available cargo space (31.5 cubic feet with rear seats folded down). However, the Insight may feel cramped compared to larger hybrid alternatives.
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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI (34 mpg combined)
The Golf TDI is one of the sportiest fuel-efficient hatchbacks for the year. Despite quick acceleration and good road manners, the Golf's diesel engine glides along at 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The vehicle also comes with a level of refinement that is often hard to find in the affordable compact class. Of course, this added luxury means you'll have to pay a bit more - diesel Golf models start around $22,800. If that price is too rich for your blood, then you might consider looking at a gas-engine version of the VW Golf. For as little as $18,089 you'll get 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Learn more about the 2011 Volkswagen Golf.
2011 MINI Cooper (32 mpg combined)
If you like the VW Golf, then you might also want to take a look at the 2011 MINI Cooper. Offering a similar level of refinement and peppy engine performance, the European-styled MINI Cooper can certainly be a charmer. The estimated 29-mpg in the city and 37-mpg on the highway also helps reduce the number of monthly stops at the gas pump. Though the MINI Cooper falls a bit short in the category of cargo room (max. 24.0 cubic feet), it may be a good option for those interested in finding a sporty and stylish hatchback.
Learn more about the 2011 MINI Cooper.
2011 Toyota Yaris (32 mpg combined)
With a base price of just $12,855, the 2011 Yaris is an economy car that fits just about everyone's budget. Thanks to the estimated 29-mpg in the city and 36-mpg on the highway, the Yaris also promises a good level of long-term value. While available features are sparse, the Yaris does come with an above-average number of safety features for its class. The cutesy, rounded design may also prove endearing depending on your aesthetic style. Like most hatchbacks, the Yaris proves a bit cramped in the rear seat. Maximum cargo space is listed at 25.7 cubic feet.
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2011 Honda Fit (31 mpg combined)
For some, the Honda Fit may serve as a good compromise between the upscale refinement of the MINI Cooper and low-cost affordability of the Toyota Yaris. Starting around $15,000, the Fit delivers 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Standard features are fairly comprehensive, and include air conditioning, full power accessories and stereo system with CD player and auxiliary input. A good amount of zip under the hood and versatile cargo storage options help make the Honda Fit an enticing option for many hatchback shoppers.
Learn more about the 2011 Honda Fit.