Most Popular Economy Cars For 2011

By Peter Chubb - Jan 3, 2011

If you thought that 2010 was a tough year for drivers, then you had better brace yourself for 2011. The reason I say this is because we have seen a steady increase in the price of fuel, as well as the fact that those in the UK will see a VAT price increase from tomorrow. It is for that reason why drivers will now begin to consider small economy cars, but what are the most popular?

For years those of you in the U.S. were happy with your huge gas guzzling vehicles, but things have changed over the past few years – the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and the ever-popular Toyota Prius is proof of that. So out of the dozens of fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, which are the most popular?

Popular Mechanics has a top ten list of the Most Fuel-efficient 2011 model cars; but we have to warn you that these are all small vehicles. The first on the list is the 2011 Kia Rio, and looking at the figures we can see why such an ugly car has made it on the list. The MPG figures are as follows: 34 hwy, 28 city, 31 overall. We are more impressed with the 2011 Mazda Mazda2, as the looks are more to our liking, but it does come with a larger price tag. However, 35 hwy, 29 city, 32 overall gives it a slight advantage.

Having searched through all ten I was not surprised to see that the Toyota Prius still held the number one spot; 51 hwy, 48 city, 50 overall is a little hard to beat. The issue that we have with this result is that it is not a car that most families can afford, the $22,800 has made certain of that.

So we have now entered 2011, what small fuel- efficient car will you be going for?

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  • thelma thomas

    I currently am driving a 2001 Chevy Tracker (soft top). I love, love, love it. It has everything except a roomy back seat. Cruise, AC, 4×4, good (great) milage and I just wish I could find an equivilant in today’s maarket. I wish Chevy had never stopped making this wonderful little car. If I could find a 2003, in good condition, somewhere, with low milage…I would consider buying another Tracker. We live in the mountains of Maine and, until they wore out,(several are still running) there were owners up here who LOVED their Trackers. What is there on the mkt. now that compares?? to this wonderful little car? Thelma Thomas, Rangeley, Maine