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Toyota Yaris LE 5-Door
Mileage: 30 mpg city/36 highway/32 combined
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,650
Toyota took the opportunity to grow the Yaris by nearly three inches during its redesign for last year. We like that most of that increase wound up in its cargo-carrying capacity that we thought was lacking in the previous Yaris. It now has more cargo space than a Volvo S60 sedan. Under the hood is a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. You won't be racing from one traffic light to the next, but you will get to pass more than your fair share of gas stations. The mid-priced Yaris LE is nicely equipped. Among its standard features are remote keyless entry, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rear-window wiper, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with CD player and iPod interface.