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Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback

Price: $18,090

Mileage: 29 mpg city/39 highway/33 combined

Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600

Ford does small with an attitude in its Fiesta hatchback. We really like its sharp and contemporary exterior styling. Inside it has more room than you'd expect from a subcompact. The Fiesta can carry more cargo behind its second-row seat than the midsize Honda Accord Coupe — and more than any of our other favorites. We've priced it here with a 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and driver-shiftable, six-speed automatic transmission. Although Ford packs more electronics into the high-end Titanium version, we think the Fiesta SE provides most of the comforts buyers want, such as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry, heated outboard mirrors, rear wiper, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls and a six-speaker audio system with CD player and iPod interface.