One of the advantages of buying a small car is that they are often among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market and are relatively inexpensive. Automakers are engineering new cars to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy standards, but some models are thriftier on fuel than others. We've rounded up some of the highest-ranking affordable small cars and hatchbacks that get an EPA fuel economy estimate of 40 mpg or more on the highway. We've also included information on which trim level gets the highest fuel economy and the starting price of that model.

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit
(U.S. News and World Report)

33/41 mpg city/highway

LX trim with continuously variable transmission (CVT)

MSRP: $15,525

See 2015 Honda Fit review »

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
(U.S. News and World Report)

Up to 30/45 mpg city/highway

TDI (diesel) models with either manual or automatic transmission

MSRP: $21,995

See 2015 Volkswagen Golf review »

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Mazda3
(U.S. News and World Report)

Up to 30/41 mpg city/highway

Sedan and hatchback models with 2.0-liter engine and either manual or automatic transmission

MSRP: $16,945

See 2015 Mazda3 review »

2015 Ford Fiesta

2015 Ford Focus SFE
(U.S. News and World Report)

31/43 mpg city/highway

SE trim with SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package and manual transmission

MSRP: $16,090

See 2015 Ford Fiesta review »

2014 Chevrolet Sonic

2014 Chevrolet Sonic
(U.S. News and World Report)

29/40 mpg city/highway

Sedan and hatchback models with turbocharged 1.4-liter engine (LT trim and higher) with manual transmission

MSRP: $17,205

See 2014 Chevrolet Sonic review »

2014 Mini Cooper

2014 Mini Cooper
(BMW of North America, LLC)

Up to 30/42 mpg city/highway

Base Cooper with 1.5-liter engine and either manual or automatic transmission

MSRP: $20,450

See 2014 Mini Cooper review »

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Honda Civic HF
(U.S. News and World Report)

31/41 mpg city/highway

Civic HF

MSRP: $19,940

See 2014 Honda Civic review »

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla Eco
(U.S. News and World Report)

Up to 30/42 mpg city/highway

Corolla LE Eco

MSRP: $18,700

See 2014 Toyota Corolla review »

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