Consumers searching for small cars that get great gas mileage yet still have room enough for at least four passengers plus cargo may want to take a look at these best small cars with big trunks 2011.

  • 2011 Hyundai ElantraWhile it’s marketed as a compact, the updated-for-2011 Hyundai Elantra is roomy enough inside that the government classifies it as amidsize. Elantra achieves near-hybrid fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, offers heated and cooled front and rear seats standard on Limited, and has a generous size trunk with 14.8 cubic feet of space. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $14,830. AutoBlog says, “With the next-generation Honda Civic and 2012 Ford Focus on the horizon, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra will be facing some stout competition in the future, but right now, the little sedan has the bones to be king of the compact roost.”
  • 2011 Chevrolet CruzeA lot has been said in the press about the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, especially the fact that it comes standard with 10 airbags – themost in its class. Like Elantra, Cruze boasts the interior roominess of a midsize sedan. This also translates into a substantial trunk storage area of 15.4 cubic feet, making Cruze one of the best small cars with big trunks 2011.  EPA-estimated fuel economy for the highly-efficient Cruze Eco model is 42 mpg highway. Popular Mechanics observes: “The trunk is huge and more than capable of swallowing luggage for four passengers.”  The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze carries a starting MSRP of $16,995.
  • 2011 Kia ForteThe 2011 Kia Forte is mostly unchanged for this model year, with the exception of the addition of the five-door hatchback model. Ample cargospace, loads of standard features, roomy and comfortable interior, and affordable price are reasons to consider this compact sedan and hatchback. Automobile Magazine remarks (of the 2010 Forte): “Its trunk is cavernous, with 14.7 cubic feet of cargo volume that can be further extended by lowering the split-folding rear seats.” Starting MSRP for the 2011 Kia Forte is $14,995.
  • 2011 Ford FiestaWhile it’s a minicompact, the 2011 Ford Fiesta, available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, is a zippy small car with great fueleconomy – up to 40 mpg in two models. Fiesta also secured a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and starts at just $13,320 MSRP. Edmunds says, “At 12.8 cubic feet, the sedan’s trunk is class-competitive. The Fiesta hatchback offers a bit less than that with its rear seat up.”
  • 2011 Volkswagen JettaBoasting a generously-sized 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, the redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is also roomy inside and carries alower starting sticker than 2010 models. Base Jetta starts at $15,995. Some say Volkswagen cheapened the interior with hard plastics, while others applaud the fuel economy of the turbocharged diesel model (which is more expensive). USA Today comments: “But VW also has made some changes that could rile its core cadre of loyalists who’ve been buying its cars all along. Otherwise, judging the overall package based on the test cars, we’d have to say that the 2011 Jetta will be VW’s best car.”

Although it doesn’t have a trunk per-se, also check out the 2011 Honda Fit for another choice of best small cars with big trunks 2011. With all seats down, Fit’s cargo area expands to 57.3 cubic feet of cargo volume capacity.

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