8. Hyundai Elantra
Powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder with 148-hp, the Hyundai Elantra boasts class-leading fuel economy at a nice starting MSRP of $16,695. It was recently named the 2012 North American Car of the Year while getting an impressive 40-mpg on the highway. Even though it’s a compact, the interior is quite roomy and was an IIHS Top Safety Pick.