Consumers' Favorites: Best Economy Cars

Consumers' Favorites: Best Economy Cars


Taking top honors with 24 percent of the votes is the Ford Fiesta, a versatile little car that also happens to be fun to drive. Hot on its rear tires is the just redesigned and similarly well-rounded Hyundai Elantra, with 22 percent. And trailing its Hyundai cousin with 10 percent is the Kia Forte.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. 2012 Ford Fiesta

    1. Ford Fiesta

    What says:
    The 2012 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  2. 2012 Hyundai Elantra

    2. Hyundai Elantra

    What says:
    Thanks to head-turning styling, a fuel-efficient engine and a long list of standard safety features and upscale options, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is a top pick for a small sedan.

  3. 2011 Kia Forte

    3. Kia Forte

    What says:
    The 2011 Kia Forte may not be top of mind for a lot of consumers, but it should be, as it compares favorably against perennial favorites from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

  4. 2011 Toyota Yaris

    4. Toyota Yaris

    What says:
    The 2011 Toyota Yaris has broad appeal thanks to a wide variety of body styles and a reputation for dependability, but it falls short of being our top economy-car choice.

  5. 2011 Mazda 2

    5. Mazda 2

    What says:
    The 2011 Mazda 2 keeps the fun alive as an economical hatchback, but comes up a bit short when compared to the competition.

  6. 2011 Kia Soul

    6. Kia Soul

    What says:
    The 2011 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

  7. 2012 Hyundai Accent

    7. Hyundai Accent

    What says:
    Larger, sharper and more fuel-efficient, the redesigned 2012 Hyundai Accent deserves buyer consideration as an affordable, stylish new car.

  8. 2012 Nissan Versa

    8. Nissan Versa

    What says:
    The redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa would seem to meet expectations, but other subcompacts will likely be more enjoyable to drive and own.

  9. Suzuki SX4

    9. Suzuki SX4

    What says:
    While the 2011 Suzuki SX4 still remains a good value, a number of newer and more enticing compact sedan and hatchback competitors make it harder to recommend.

  10. 2011 Nissan Cube

    10. Nissan Cube

    What says:
    The 2011 Nissan Cube is a reasonably versatile and spacious little hatchback, but it's also bizarre, so you'll have to be an adventurous sort to appreciate its virtues.

  11. 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

    11. Chevrolet Aveo

    What says:
    The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is a decent and inexpensive subcompact, but that's not enough in the face of better performing, more functional rivals that are more enjoyable to drive and own.

  12. 2011 Kia Rio

    12. Kia Rio

    What says:
    As far as small economy cars go, there are better choices than the 2011 Kia Rio.

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