Consumers' Favorites: Best Economy Car --

Consumers' Favorites: Best Economy Car


You voted in our first Consumers' Favorites Poll for your favorite fuel-sipping Economy Cars, and the results are in. With EPA fuel-economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway, the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel stands victorious as a stellar example of the new generation of clean diesels. In second position is the Ford Fusion Hybrid, a solid, fun-to-drive choice in the hybrid family sedan segment, with fuel-economy estimates of 36 city/41 highway. Coming in third is the popular Honda Fit hatchback, which -- without benefit of hybrid or diesel technology -- manages fuel-economy ratings of 27 city/33 highway.

Check out how the other 17 candidates placed below and don't forget to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites Poll.

  1. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

    1. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel (33-34 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta remains the only discount-price European sedan. This year's return of the wagon and TDI models makes the Jetta an even more attractive choice.

  2. Ford Fusion Hybrid

    2. Ford Fusion Hybrid (36-41 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a serious fuel miser that's neither boring to behold nor dull to drive.

  3. Honda Fit

    3. Honda Fit (29-31 mpg)

    What says:
    Thanks to the 2009 Honda Fit, "affordable subcompact" no longer equals "chintzy penalty box."

  4. Honda Insight

    4. Honda Insight (41 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2010 Honda Insight largely improves upon the tried-and-true formula of the rival Prius, and it costs thousands less.

  5. MINI Cooper

    5. MINI Cooper (29-32 mpg)

    What says:
    A marvelous marriage of British character and German know-how, the 2009 Mini Cooper is stylish, fun to drive and remarkably good on gas.

  6. Toyota Prius

    6. Toyota Prius (46 mpg)

    What says:
    No car boasts a better blend of fuel and space-efficiency than the 2009 Toyota Prius.

  7. Toyota Corolla

    7. Toyota Corolla (25-30 mpg)

    What says:
    The redesigned 2009 Toyota Corolla will satisfy those seeking a refined and fuel-efficient small sedan backed by an impressive reliability record.

  8. Honda Civic Hybrid

    8. Honda Civic Hybrid (42 mpg)

    What says:
    Comfortable, smartly designed and available in a wide array of configurations, the 2009 Honda Civic sets the bar for the small-car segment.

  9. Toyota Camry Hybrid

    9. Honda Civic Hybrid (34 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid's compelling duo of superior fuel economy and comfortable family sedan attributes makes it a top choice for a hybrid vehicle.

  10. Nissan Altima Hybrid

    10. Nissan Altima Hybrid (34 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid is an excellent choice for drivers who want a little fun between point A and point B. Too bad it's only sold in the eight states that have adopted California's emissions standards.

  11. MINI Cooper Clubman

    11. MINI Cooper Clubman (29-32 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman keeps all the goodness of the original Cooper formula and throws in a liberal dash of practicality.

  12. Ford Escape Hybrid

    12. Ford Escape Hybrid (28-32 mpg)

    What says:
    Offering maximum fuel efficiency with a minimum of compromises, the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid allows you to do right by the planet while enjoying the day-to-day convenience of a compact SUV.

  13. Chevrolet Cobalt

    13. Chevrolet Cobalt (25-30 mpg)

    What says:
    Aside from the hot SS model, the 2009 Chevy Cobalt is behind the class leaders in terms of handling, seat comfort, build quality and overall refinement.

  14. Toyota Yaris

    14. Toyota Yaris (31-32 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Toyota Yaris boasts a variety of body styles and a solid track record for reliability, but there are better choices for an economy car.

  15. Mercury Mariner Hybrid

    15. Mercury Mariner Hybrid (28-32 mpg)

    What says:
    If you need the cargo capacity, elevated driving position and sturdy image of an SUV, but still want to feel like you're saving the planet (and gas money), the 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is very worthy of consideration.

  16. Pontiac G5

    16. Pontiac G5 (29-30 mpg)

    What says:
    The entry-level 2009 Pontiac G5 and G5 GT deliver a decent amount of functionality and above-average economy, but not much else.

  17. Mazda Tribute Hybrid

    17. Mazda Tribute Hybrid (28-32 mpg)

    What says:
    Combining impressive fuel efficiency with peppy performance and SUV functionality, the 2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid allows you to enjoy the day-to-day convenience of a compact SUV while saving trips to the pump.

  18. Smart Fortwo

    18. Smart Fortwo (36 mpg)

    What says:
    The 2009 Smart Fortwo is a great city car, but its high price, herky-jerky transmission and unpleasant highway ride reduce its appeal when compared to other compacts.

  19. Pontiac G3

    19. Pontiac G3 (30 mpg)

    What says:
    The subcompact 2009 Pontiac G3 is just as forgettable as its Chevrolet Aveo5 twin -- and pricier to boot. There are better choices in this segment.

  20. Chevrolet Aveo

    20. Chevrolet Aveo (30 mpg)

    What says:
    The Chevrolet Aveo is still one of the most popular -- and least expensive -- subcompact cars in the U.S. And although this year's revised engine and updates to the hatchback make the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo even more competitive, consumers are still advised to shop carefully and look beyond the sticker price.

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