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Honda Fit – A leader in the subcompact car category, the 2011 Honda Fit hatchback has good space inside for taller drivers, seats four, gets 33 mpg highway fuel economy, and starts at $15,100.
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Chevrolet Cruze – The compact (but with so much interior room the EPA classifies it as a mid-size) 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedan – another IIHS Top Safety Pick – gets up to 40 mpg (with Cruze Eco) and starts at $16,525. The Cruze has 10 standard airbags – more than any of its competitors.
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Nissan Juke – There’s no mistaking the 2011 Nissan Juke with its funky and chunky looks, but there’s sufficient power under the hood in the form of 188-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Juke delivers 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway. Starting price is $19,340, or you can opt for all-wheel drive for just under $21,000 ($20,840).
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MINI Cooper – Packing a 118-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers up to 37 mpg highway (with manual transmission, 36 mpg highway with automatic), the 2011 MINI Cooper is perfectly appropriate for any number of drivers. Best of all, the MINI Cooper starts at a low $20,100. Loads of customizable options add flair and individuality to your ride but could boost the price a bit.
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – The most expensive car on this list of ten fuel sippers, the mid-size 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI just manages to come in under the $25,000 price cap, with a starting price at $24,995. For that you get more room inside than the VW Jetta plus 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged clean-diesel engine that delivers an estimated 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway fuel economy. The Jetta SportWagen TDI is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011.