Popular Mechanics has called the VW Jetta “the most fuel-efficient small car of the year” and who are we to disagree.
Base Price: $22,995
The Numbers (MPG): 42 hwy, 30 city, 34 overall
The Tradeoff: Amazingly, this is the only diesel on the list. Offering hybrid-level fuel economy and giggle-inducing torque, diesel power is, in many ways, the obvious answer to growing economic and environmental concerns. It’s a shame that Americans just haven’t taken to it like the rest of the world.