A cheap and fuel efficient car is the best choice when saving money is at the top of your list of must-haves when buying a new car. Not only do you save money with the low purchase price, but a fuel efficient car can keep the gas station stops few and far between.
Vehicles that fit into this category include hybrid, gas and diesel powered models. The purchase prices are unbelievably low and the fuel economy is very good, no matter what type of vehicle you compare them to.
When looking to make a purchase in 2010, there are eight top choices that mix both fuel efficiency and low price into affordable cars for the long haul. The car that tops the list as most affordable is the 2010 Kia Rio. Priced at a low $11,494, the Kia Rio is very affordable and inexpensive. The fuel economy numbers come in at 30 miles per gallon highway and 28 miles per gallon city for manual models. The automatic model achieves a combined 31 miles per gallon, which equals out to 27 miles per gallon city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2010 Smart fortwo is next on the list, coming in at a purchase price of $11,990. The 2010 Smart fortwo is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car on the market. This fuel sipper gets a combined fuel economy of 36 miles per gallon, which equals out to 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway.
A 2010 Toyota Yaris will set you back the small sum of around $12,355. The Yaris is available as a three door hatchback, a five door hatchback and a five door sedan. All models of the Toyota Yaris reach a combined fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon, which is a combination of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2010 Hyundai Accent Blue, which is the baseline Accent, starts at $13,645. This car achieves 27 miles per gallon with city driving and 36 miles per gallon driving on the highway.
Honda has two cars on the list, the first being the 2010 Honda Fit. With a starting price of $14,900 this is another bargain. The five-speed manual transmission model gets a combined fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon while the automatic models get 28 miles per gallon city and 35 miles per gallon highway.
The 2010 MINI Cooper starts at $19,500 and achieves a very respectable 32 miles per gallon city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. Even the convertible model gets 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
Last but not least, and still coming in at under $20,000, the 2010 Honda Insight starts at $19,800. This hybrid reaches 41 miles per gallon with city driving and 43 miles per gallon for highway driving.
If you are looking for cheap and fuel efficient, these are the cars to check out and take for a test drive. Compare initial purchase price with the fuel economy numbers and you'll find that all of these cars can be a good deal.