Cheap Fuel Efficient Cars

July 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's not just mileage that matters. The most fuel efficient cars aren't always the most affordable.Does the high price of gas have you thinking about ditching your gas-guzzler? Consumer Reports has come up with a top 10 list of cars that deliver the best fuel economy for the buck.

To put it together, Consumer Reports took the price paid for vehicles tested and divided it by the overall miles per gallon the vehicle gets to come up with the price per gallon.

Only Consumer Reports recommended cars with an excellent owner-cost rating for the first five years made the list. The Mazda3 with the manual transmission made number four on the list.

Not surprisingly, three hybrids made the top 10, including the Toyota Prius, coming in at number three.

But an even better gas-saving deal turned out to be the Honda Fit. The base model comes in at number two. And the Fit sport with a manual transmission tops the list at number one. All of these will deliver great mileage at a good cost.

On the other end of the spectrum, Consumer Reports found the miles per gallon cost on some vehicles was 10 times as much as the cars at the top of the list, including the Mercedes Benz SI550 and the Dodge Viper SRT-10.