When it comes to shopping for new cars, everyone is looking for a deal. If you want the most for your money, then that likely means you're looking for a 2010 model that will save you money both at the dealership and at the gas pump. Thankfully, there are plenty of new cars for the year that give shoppers the opportunity to indulge their pension for penny-pinching. Keep reading to review and compare the top five vehicles for 2010 that offer the most MPGs at the lowest price.
5. New 2010 Kia Rio ($11,695 at 31 mpg combined)
The Kia Rio is not only one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicles on the road; it is also one of the cheapest. While its price is a bit higher than other models on this list, it does offer a slight boost in available standard features. Most notably, all Kia Rio models come outfitted with a stereo system with CD player and MP3 connection (which are absent on the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent). Fuel efficiency is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Other strong points of the Rio include the option of a sedan or hatchback body style, long warranty package and an attractive dashboard.
4. New 2010 Nissan Versa ($9,990 at 30 mpg combined)
The 2010 Nissan Versa is a direct competitor of the Kia Rio. For less than $10,000, you'll get a reliable compact car that offers decent roominess and fairly zippy engine performance. You'll also get EPA ratings that come in at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. However, it should be noted that base models of the Nissan Versa come with a virtually non-existent standard features list. As such, if you want default comfort and convenience features like power windows, anti-lock brakes and air conditioning, then expect to pay a little more.
3. New 2010 Hyundai Accent ($9,970 at 31 mpg combined)
The Hyundai Accent edges out the Nissan Versa in both price and fuel efficiency. Base models for the 2010 year (which have been branded "Hyundai Accent Blue") have been tweaked to deliver an improved fuel efficiency of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Accent offers much the same advantages of the Versa - spacious interior, strong value and adequate engine performance for the average commuter. However, it also comes with a pretty barren list of standard features that may make it less desirable among those looking for a little bit of added comfort. Still, if you can make due with minimal convenience features, then the 2010 Hyundai Accent is likely to win you over with its attractive styling and low price.
2. New 2010 Toyota Yaris ($12,605 at 32 mpg combined)
The 2010 Toyota Yaris packs a lot of value into its compact frame. The Yaris is the only vehicle on this list that comes with standard air conditioning. It also offers increased safety performance, with antilock brakes, four airbags, traction control and stability control all coming standard. The Yaris also earns slightly better fuel efficiency, with an estimated 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Add in a fairly good track record for reliability, and the 2010 Toyota Yaris is one of the best values out there.
1. New 2010 Smart ForTwo ($11,900 at 36 mpg combined)
The 2010 Smart fortwo is the epitome of affordable fuel efficiency. With one of the lowest MSRPs for the year and fuel efficiency that can only be bested by hybrids (33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway), the Smart ForTwo is a great car for city commuting. Of course, with an engine that isn't really fit for long stints on the highway and interior room that only accommodates two passengers, the Smart ForTwo isn't for everybody. However, if your main concern is maximum fuel efficiency at minimum price, then it's hard to ignore this vehicle's quirky charm.