Fun fuel-sipping cars
Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan
Mileage: 28 mpg city/38 highway/32 combined
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600
Actually rated as a midsize car by the EPA, the Elantra, when equipped with its driver-shiftable, six-speed automatic transmission, gets better fuel economy than the smaller Accent with its automatic. Hyundai introduced a coupe version of the Elantra for 2013 that gets equally good fuel numbers, but we chose the four-door because it's about $900 cheaper. Hyundai's warranty is among the longest in the industry, earning high marks with us. Strong styling cues inside and out provide appeal well beyond its value pricing. Generating its giddyup is a 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Among its list of standard features: height-adjustable driver's seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio and iPod integration.