Consumers' Favorites: Best Economy Cars


Taking top honors with 25 percent of the votes is the new Dodge Dart, a stylish compact that puts a modern twist on an old nameplate. The stalwart Honda Civic took 2nd place with 20 percent, while the too-cute Fiat 500 came in a distant 3rd with 7 percent of your votes.

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. Dodge Dart

    1. Dodge Dart

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Dodge Dart offers a lot of space, features and style for the money, while being surprisingly fun to drive. The more efficient and torque-rich turbo engine is the one to get, but no Dart is especially quick.

  2. Honda Civic

    2. Honda Civic

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The all-new 2012 Honda Civic remains a strong contender in the compact car category, but other new models now effectively match the Civic and threaten its traditional dominance in the marketplace.

  3. FIAT 500

    3. FIAT 500

    What Edmunds.com says:
    We'll have to wait and see about its reliability, but the 2012 Fiat 500 is yet another stylish subcompact that proves that small can be cool.

  4. Ford Fiesta

    4. Ford Fiesta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  5. Kia Forte

    5. Kia Forte

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Kia Forte is a bit outclassed by newer competitors, but it still has a lot to offer in terms of value and style.

  6. Hyundai Accent

    6. Hyundai Accent

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

  7. Kia Rio

    7. Kia Rio

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Kia Rio is one of our top picks in the subcompact segment.

  8. Chevrolet Sonic

    8. Chevrolet Sonic

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With a winning blend of power, comfort and fuel efficiency, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the segment's top picks.

  9. Kia Soul

    9. Kia Soul

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

  10. Toyota Yaris

    10. Toyota Yaris

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With more cargo capacity, sharper sheet metal and sportier suspension tuning, the redesigned 2012 Toyota Yaris moves up a few notches on the economy-hatch hierarchy.

  11. Mazda MAZDA2

    11. Mazda MAZDA2

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Mazda 2 offers a fun drive in an economical hatchback, but comes up short when compared to more practical competition.

  12. Scion xD

    12. Scion xD

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Style and a long list of optional accessories make the 2012 Scion xD a youthful hit, but other cars in its class provide greater utility and fun.

  13. Nissan Versa

    13. Nissan Versa

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is all-new for 2012, but the Versa hatchback is not. There are loads of differences, but both body styles provide simple, spacious and inexpensive transportation.

  14. Suzuki SX4

    14. Suzuki SX4

    What Edmunds.com says:
    While the 2012 Suzuki SX4 still remains a good value, a number of newer and more enticing compact sedan and hatchback competitors make it hard to recommend.

  15. Scion iQ

    15. Scion iQ

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Scion iQ is a minimalist metropolitan runabout that gets great fuel economy. Style and utility are the messages here, not driving excitement.

  16. Nissan Cube

    16. Nissan Cube

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Nissan Cube is a reasonably versatile and spacious little wagon, but its far-out styling may prevent many from discovering its virtues.

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