If you have a debate with a bunch of people about which compact car is better or the best in its current segment, then rest assured that it would go on forever. Everyone seems to have their own particular opinion about what is the best compact car on the market and their own favorites that they swear by.
The compact car market is choke full of such options but instead of relying on opinion or debate, it’s much better to pay heed to statistics. The most crucial one being mileage.
No matter how awesome a car looks or what killer extra features it has, unless you are getting an acceptable mileage out of it then rest assured that you will be unhappy, unless you are loaded with money and don’t care.
So what are some of the top compact cars with best gas mileage?
1. Scion iA
Powered by a four cylinder engine that is more than enough for any kind of city driving, fuel economy is the prime attraction for customers who chose to own this car. At 33 MPG (miles per gallon) city mileage, it gives you a return that far surpasses many other popular options.
This is the complete city car, and while it will give you 41 MPG on the highway, it isn’t powerful enough to do some steep hill climbing in haste. The steering is very responsive making the handling of the car rather agile. This is the kind of car you buy for daily use in the city.
2. Chevrolet Spark
You can’t speak of Chevy compact cars and not mention the Chevrolet Spark. It is a subcompact car that is targeted at a 9-5 job going city dweller that wants his car to do the dirty work without it being a burden.
The initial cost of the car is fairly low at $12,270 and with the mileage of 31 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway; it ensures that the strain on your wallet is minimal. Owing to its size, it is perfect for driving around a crowded city and the precise steering that it is equipped with ensures that you are able to take the narrowest of turns with ease.
3. Fiat 500
Just like the Spark, the main attraction of this latest offering from the Italian motor giants is the fuel economy. With 31 MPG on the city, and 40 MPG on the highway, this car conveniently slots itself towards the top of the best mileage compact car rankings.
This car is definitely more stylish than others in this category, with a sunroof, automatic climate control and a Beats audio system built in. The interiors reflect that unmistakable Italian sense of stylish décor as well. Most of all, for a subcompact car, the interiors are rather roomy as well with plenty of space in the back.
4. Honda Civic HF
Honda Civic without a doubt has become a part of pop culture and even the older versions of this car are still considered to be great vehicles. While Hondas have often been considered gas guzzlers, the Civic HF destroys that image by giving a fantastic mileage of 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway. What makes it different from other compact cars is that it comes with low rider height, special wheels that equip low rolling resistance tires and extra under body shields.
If you are looking to step up a bit from the sub compact car level and yet want to enjoy the benefits of fuel economy then the Civic is a perfect buy.
5. Toyota Yaris
Speaking of compact cars with the best gas mileage that come at a very affordable price, we have to talk about the Toyota Yaris. Looking at its city mileage of 30 MPG and highway mileage of 37 MPG, it is a wonder that they are selling it for so cheap.
Even more surprising is how well the interiors are constructed and the roomy space that it allows all the passengers. It comes with a touch screen display, voice recognition and the standard Bluetooth connectivity along with an adequate 4 cylinder engine.
As long as you don’t expect this car to zip by on the highways at fearsome speeds, this is a good economical buy.
6. Toyota Corolla LE Eco
The best thing about the car is its astonishing fuel economy on the highway, which stands at 42MPG. In the city it will give you a respectable 30 MPG. It is perfect for long drives considering the kind of legroom that is present.
It is equipped with under body aero panels and low rolling resistance tires and is strengthened by a 140 horsepower engine. Honestly there is not much to say that has not been said about the excellent Corolla series in the past and there is not much that you won’t like about this car either.
7. Mazda Mazda3
If sports cars are more your thing and you want that feel without paying a premium price then Mazda3 might suit your style more. The handling on this car is exceptional and at high speeds it really feels somewhat like a sports car.
The interiors deserve a mention too as they are super sleek, look rich and the car comes with the Mazda Connect infotainment system that is accessed via a 7 inch screen. Climate control, 9 speaker Bose sound system, adaptive cruise control and even smartphone app integration are all present.
In terms of fuel economy it will give you 30 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, which is very impressive.
8. Ford Fiesta
Continuing with small cars that pack a lot of features in a adorable price range, the Ford Fiesta gives you a mileage of 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. While it is a car made for city driving, thanks to its nimble handling characteristics, the car is a breeze to drive on the highway as well.
The four cylinder engine is powerful enough that you will want to take this car on long drives. The car is outfitted with a Sony audio system and the infotainment system is controlled via a touch screen and can be voice activated as well.
Don’t let the price fool you; the car has most of the features one would need, the only drawback being the lack of boot space.
9. Nissan Sentra FE
This offering by Nissan was meant to directly compete with the Civic and the Corolla and so far it has done a great job of doing so. The main goal of this car is fuel economy and at a mileage rate of 30 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway, it slots in with the very best compact cars.
The 1.8 liter engine might be a tiny bit less powerful but if your goal is regular usage and saving on fuel expenses then that should not be a concern. The interiors are spacious, the navigation system friendly and it comes with a tilt telescoping steering wheel. What’s not to like right?
10. Volkswagen Jetta
To complete our top ten list of best small cars, let’s take a look at the Jetta, which justifies its high price with its turbocharged 1.4 liter four cylinder engine, which means you can drive pretty fast on this thing. Yet it manages to give you a fuel economy rate of 28 MPG within the city and an astonishing 40 MPG on the highway.
For a compact car, the Jetta is fast, handles like a dream and will take anything your throw at it. The interior styling is well done, though not too stylish and there is plenty of space for passengers as well as a roomy trunk. The dashboard controls and the infotainment system are super easy to use and the car even comes with heated mirrors, how about that.
Lot of options on the market then. Make sure that you determine your daily usage and make an informed choice based on that.