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Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000


With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less than $25,000:

2012 Kia Soul

2012 Kia Soul

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Kia Soul -- Personality-plus, low starting price of $13,300, and 31 mpg highway fuel economy add up to the top spot on our fuel-sipper new cars for under $25,000 list. There’s also the optional 142-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 30 mpg highway that starts at $15,495. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Kia Soul a Top Safety Pick for 2011. Note the photo is of the 2012 Kia Soul, which gets a more powerful engine and even better fuel economy for the next model year.

2012 Ford Fiesta customization pack

2012 Ford Fiesta customization pack

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Ford Fiesta – The second least-expensive fuel sipper on our list, the 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact starts at $13,320, and it gets 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway. For even better highway fuel economy, choose the Fiesta with the available SFE package that gets 40 mpg highway and starts at $14,520 (SE sedan) and $15,520 (SE hatchback). The Fiesta sedan and hatchback are IIHS Top Safety Picks.

2011 Nissan Cube

2011 Nissan Cube

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Nissan Cube – Also an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2011 Nissan Cube, which starts at $14,740, is economically priced and fuel-efficient. The 122-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivers an estimated 27 mpg city/31 mpg highway.


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  1. I enjoyed reading this but most of these don't really seem like "family cars." The Jetta wagon and the Cruze, ok... but the others seem more like small urban commuters. I don't think I can fit my family in them! Is there a Prius for under $25,000?
     
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  2. @Dan - Thanks for the comment. This article was about non-hybrid cars that start at less than $25,000, but, yes, you can get a 2011 Toyota Prius for under $25,000. There are four trims or models to choose from, although only two fit the under $25K criteria. There's Prius two (starting MSRP of $23,050) and Prius three ($24,050). Prius four ($26,850), and Prius five ($28,320) exceed the target. Remember, too, that the more options you add the more the price goes up. Thanks, again, for commenting.
     
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