When it comes to buying new cars, everyone is looking for a deal. And when it comes to shopping for 2010 new cars, many of us are looking for a vehicle that offers exceptional gas mileage. If you are on a tight budget, then that may mean paying the premium for a hybrid vehicle is out of the question. However, that doesn't mean you can't afford a quality fuel-saver. With 2010 new cars starting around $10,000, there is a fuel-efficient option out there for everyone. The most affordable fuel-efficient cars for the year are detailed below:
2010 Hyundai Accent (31 mpg combined)
With a base sticker price of $9,970, the 2010 Hyundai Accent is the most affordable car for the year. Add in the fact that this economy-based model offers 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, and it's safe to say that the Accent is a heck of a deal. Keep in mind, however, that the base Accent comes with fairly barebones packaging. As such, if you want traditional niceties such as air conditioning and a stereo system, then you'll have to pay a little more. Still, with an exceptional warranty, decent comfort and adequate around-town driving, those who aren't too picky will find much to like about the fuel-efficient Hyundai Accent.
2010 Nissan Versa (30 mpg combined)
Nissan Versa comes in a close second for most affordable 2010 new car with a base price of $9,990. Given the low price, the Versa delivers a fairly good level of interior quality. An estimated 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway ensures long-term savings over the lifetime of the vehicle, and a spacious interior helps set the Versa apart from other small cars. Like the Accent, you'll have to pay extra for AC and a stereo system. Add in such basic amenities, and you can expect your final bill to come out somewhere around $13,000.
2010 Kia Rio (31 mpg combined)
Kia Rio offers a trifecta of affordability - low base price, long warranty and solid fuel efficiency. Starting at $11,695, the Kia Rio comes standard with a four-speaker stereo. Add power windows and air conditioning, that base price increases to a little over $13,000. The EPA estimates gas mileage at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. While horsepower may be a little ho-hum, the Rio performs well considering the price.
2010 Smart fortwo (36 mpg combined)
Smart fortwo delivers a distinguishing silhouette. Posting 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, the Smart fortwo is the most fuel-efficient affordable vehicle for the year. Base price comes in below $12,000, with optional audio system and AC available for about $1,000 more. Despite the spartan interior, the fortwo is praised for an ergonomic design and good in-town driving dynamics. If you can make do with the two-seater interior layout, then this may be the car or you.
2010 Toyota Yaris (32 mpg combined)
Toyota Yaris and you'll be rewarded with 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Perhaps just as important, is the inclusion of air conditioning as a standard feature. Like other affordable 2010 new cars, power features and an audio system aren't included in the base model. For those who want a quirky car but can't rationalize the small quarters of the Smart ForTwo, the Yaris may be a good alternative. A solid list of standard safety features and a reasonably fun driving experience add to the appeal of Toyota's smallest car.