Savvy buyers know that it’s important to pay attention to more than just purchase price – you also need to look at the most fuel-efficient cars with the lowest five-year ownership costs. That is, if you’re interested in saving money over the long haul.

Conveniently, the editors at Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com) have come up with a handy list that shows some 16 fuel-sipper vehicles that also are quite frugal – less than $30,000 – in ownership costs over a five-year period. Besides the purchase price, editors took into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, maintenance and repair costs, finance and insurance costs, and state fees for the initial five-year period.

Here we call out some of the new or redesigned fuel-efficient small cars that kbb.com highlights as excellent long-term values.

2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan – With an MSRP of just $13,320 and 3.9 percent financing, the subcompact 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan gets an EPA-estimated

30 mpg city/40 mpg highway/33 mpg combined fuel economy. Over a five-year period, ownership costs tally $27,743.

2012 Ford Fiesta Sedan – Another subcompact sedan, the 2012 Ford Fiesta has a current base price of $12,995, a $500 incentive, 3.9 percent financing, and 29/40/33 mpg fuel economy rating. The cost to own over five years is equally appealing at $28,639.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan – A third subcompact sedan, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS, is an all-new entry from Chevy, beginning at $14,660 MSRP, offered with 2.9

percent financing. Fuel economy numbers are impressive at 29/40/33 mpg. Over the five-year initial ownership period, buyers can expect costs to be similarly frugal (kbb.com did not have the figure available at time of publication).

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan – Moving to the compact sedan category, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS sedan, with a base price from $16,120, 3.9 percent

financing, and 29/40/33 mpg fuel economy rating, costs in the area of $27,498 over the five-year initial ownership period.

2012 Honda Civic DX Coupe – Looking for an inexpensive coupe to hold onto for five years? Then consider the 2012 Honda Civic DX coupe, whose MSRP of $16,375, 1.9 percent financing, EPA-estimated 28/39/32 mpg fuel economy and five-year projected ownership costs of $29,938 are right in the ballpark of being quite affordable.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan – All-new for the 2012 model year and built in the U.S. at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta

sedan carries a base MSRP of $16,135, comes with 0.9 percent financing, 24/32/27 mpg fuel economy, and a five-year ownership cost of about $30,868. That’s just a tad over the $30,000 mark, but still within range of being affordable.

Other most fuel-efficient cars with the lowest five-year ownership costs on the Kelley Blue Book list include the following: 2012 Nissan Versa sedan; 2012 Kia Soul Sport Wagon; 2012 Toyota Yaris two-door hatchback; 2012 Mazda Mazda2 Sport hatchback; 2012 Honda Fit four-door hatchback; 2012 Kia Rio four-door hatchback; 2012 Scion xD four-door hatchback; 2012 Honda Insight four-door hatchback; 2012 Mazda Mazda3 SV sedan, and 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan.

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