2011 Hyundai Elantra
Fuel economy: 33 mpg
Annual fuel cost: $1,345
Total first-year cost: $16,345
Good Housekeeping rated the Elantra its Best Budget Car among fuel-saving models it test drove, calling it "a fine, gas-conserving hybrid alternative without the high price tag."
"If your two most important criteria are value and fuel economy, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra represents the better choice," our reviewer writes in his comparison of the Hyundai Elantra and the Ford Focus.