With the introduction of a few new cars for the 2011 model year, the competition in the subcompact market has really been heating up. Thanks in part to this bolstered competition, shoppers have plenty of options when looking to find an affordable and fuel-efficient vehicle. Keep reading to check out five well-reviewed fuel sippers that can be had for less than $15,000.
2011 Kia Forte ($13,695)
Kia upgrades the Forte for 2011 with several minor upgrades that make it more fuel-efficient and attractive. A stylish new five-door hatchback model is also available. At its best, the Forte delivers an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Despite the low starting price, the Forte comes reasonably equipped with such standard features as Bluetooth, CD/MP3 stereo and 60/40 rear split seat. Add in a long extended warranty and the Forte is widely considered a strong value.
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2011 Mazda MAZDA2 ($14,180)
The MAZDA2 is an all-new entry-level vehicle from Mazda that promises 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. While the small size results in a fairly cramped rear seat, the MAZDA2 benefits from a spirited engine and exterior design that will make many car shoppers smile. Base features include air conditioning, full power accessories, CD/MP3 player and auxiliary input.
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2011 Toyota Yaris ($12,955)
The 2011 Toyota Yaris delivers a fairly peppy ride and one of the lowest base MSRPs of any vehicle for the year. Entry-level models earn an EPA rating of 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The option to choose from a sedan and hatchback body design offers welcome vehicle customization. Standard features include air conditioning and tilt steering wheel. A healthy list of standard safety features is also an advantage over the competition.
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2011 Ford Fiesta ($13,320)
New for the 2011 model year, the Ford Fiesta is making waves in the subcompact vehicle market. Almost universally liked by car reviewers, the Fiesta gives drivers a fun driving experience in a small package. Opt for the Ford Fiesta SFE edition, and you'll earn an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway (standard models offer 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway). Like the Yaris, the Ford Fiesta is available in sedan or hatchback body style.
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2011 Hyundai Elantra ($14,945)
The Elantra has been redesigned for 2011 to deliver a more competitive all-around package. The bolstered list of standard features now includes keyless entry, heated mirrors, full power accessories, six-speaker stereo, satellite radio and iPod/USB interface. Fuel figures that top out at 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway also help add value to the newest iteration of the Elantra. Compared to other models on this list, this Hyundai compact also benefits from more real estate in the rear trunk.
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