Consumers looking for inexpensive transportation should consider these best smallest cars – cute wheels to get you from here to there. No, they won’t break any land-speed records, but they’re a breeze to squeeze into super-small parking spaces, handle well, and get excellent fuel economy.
Here are our top picks for the Best Smallest Cars – Cute Wheels to Get You from Here to There:
- Honda Fit – Winner of multiple enthusiast magazine awards in 2008 and 2009, the compact for 2010 offers a zippy ride, innovative storage options, and extensive list of available features. Fit is powered by a 115-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway fuel economy (in base manual). Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) begins at $14,900. Automotive.com opines: “The 2010 Honda Fit, a perennial favorite of the automotive press and customers alike, offers value and versatility in a fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient five-door package.”
- Kia Soul – This urban crossover, Kia’s brand-new car-based hatchback with SUV styling, features funky looks designed to appeal to hip urbanites in need of a nimble vehicle. Engines include 122-hp 1.6-liter or 142-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder choices. Fuel economy is 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway (base) and 24/30 mpg on higher models. Best of all, base prices start at under $14,000. Truck Trend comments: “The Soul’s style, attitude, and charm come with the economy and value Kia is known for, but for young buyers, this has to be the most appealing car Kia has ever made.”
- Nissan Cube – ’s look may be a bit more polarizing than others, but its low starting price ($13,990 for 1.8) is very attractive, along with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city/31 mpg highway in the 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Innovative storage features, excellent handling, and cushy seating are other plusses. CNET.com observes: “Although it’s shorter and narrower than its direct competitors, the Cube offers a voluminous interior and a decent range of accessories that encourage personalization.”
- Scion xB – Some credit Scion with starting the whole boxy hatchback design with the introduction of the 2003 xB. In 2010, with a starting MSRP of $16,520, comes with a 158-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and achieves an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Edmunds remarks: “All in all, though, Scion’s youthful target demographic should be pleased with the xB’s driving demeanor, as well as older folks simply looking for a space-efficient runabout.”
- Chevrolet HHR – Reviewers love the interior of the 2010 for its large cargo area and comfortable seats. Base engine is a 155-hp 2.2-liter 4-cylinder, while there’s also a 158-hp 2.4-liter and the 260-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder in SS. Starting MSRP for base: $18,720. Consumer Guide says: “This retro-flavored wagon offers a compelling blend of compact-SUV utility, small-car fuel efficiency, and cheeky styling. Pricing and features availability are competitive, too.”
- Mazda Mazda 5 – Fuel-efficient (up to 28 mpg highway, manual), 6-passenger utility in 3-rows, the 2010 Mazda Mazda 5 is powered by a 153-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. True “Zoom-Zoom” handling starts at $19,260 MSRP for Sport. Consumer Guide says: “Mazda 5 deserves consideration as a well-made, sensibly-sized wagon that’s sedan sporty, minivan versatile, and priced right. This solid choice also offers good fuel economy and outstanding room for four plus lots of stuff-4 adults, a little cargo and, in the 3rd row seats, two tykes.”
Also consider Mini Clubman and Smart ForTwo as Best Smallest Cars – Cute Wheels to Get You from Here to There.