Are You Ready for a Really Small Car

Are you eager to buy a car with top gas mileage before you have to endure many more of those wallet-busting trips to the gas pump? You may be ready for a really small car.

A new generation of small cars with regular gasoline engines boasts gas mileage not too far behind the best of the hybrids—and with a much lower purchase price. If you calculate what it costs to buy and own one of these small cars, it's likely it will add up to the best deal.

Here is a rundown of five 2008 model small cars. Mileage figures are estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Smart fortwo

Starts at $11,590; 33 mpg in city driving, 41 mpg on the highway. True to its name, this 8.8 foot mini-car seats just two, but is perfect for city driving and tight parking spaces usually fit only for motorcycles.

Honda Fit

Starts at $14,750; 27 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway. The Fit is much bigger than the smart, with a smooth ride, sporty handling, roomy back seats for two and—given the high gas mileage—relatively quick acceleration.

Nissan Versa

From $13,680 with automatic transmission; 24 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway. A slightly better-priced competitor to the Honda Fit, the Versa shares the sporty handling and has even roomier back seats.

Toyota Yaris

From $12,450 with automatic transmission. 29 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway. It has slightly better fuel economy than the Honda and Nissan entries, but somewhat sluggish acceleration.

MINI Cooper

Starts at $18,050 with automatic transmission; 26 mpg in the city, 34 mpg highway. Produced by BMW, this stylish car has great handling and shows up well in the mileage competition.

If it's time for a new car, consider the money you'll save both on purchase price and on gas with one of these small entries. And don't forget about the Green Auto Loan from HUECU. Our low rates can help get you on your way.

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