With the Nissan Versa and Honda Fit already here, the 2011 Ford Fiesta on its way, the Fiat 500 to join at the end of the year and the possibility of the 2011 Audi A1—on top of the soon-to-expand MINI range—competition is going to be tough.
The MINI Cooper's 1.6-liter mill sounds a little better (and pulls a little harder, too), but it costs several grand more.
The Honda Fit is also sprightly and enjoyable to drive, and includes a more spacious, versatile interior with plenty of headroom for taller drivers as well as the especially handy Magic Seats in back that fold low and flat.
For those on an especially tight budget, the Nissan Versa is offered in a bare-bones model for about $10,000; it has a good ride and reasonably quiet interior—with more of a ‘big car’ feel overall—but it’s not much fun to drive.
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is another one that might fit a tight budget but won’t raise a pulse.
Both the Yaris and the Aveo are due to be replaced.
|2011 Mazda MAZDA2Browse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings||2011 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|- TBD -||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Subcompact||Minicompact|
|4-Door HB Manual Sport||4-Door Sedan LS||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base||3-Door Liftback Manual (Natl)||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door HB||4 Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||3 Door Hatchback||2 Door Coupe|