1. Nissan Versa S Plus $14,580
Coming in under $15,000 is the Nissan Versa S Plus uses a CVT transmission paired with a 109 hp 1.6L engine to hit 40 mpg on the highway. It’s fairly impressive that the affordable Versa manages to get its fuel economy without any aerodynamic add-ons like grille shutters or underbody aerodynamic panels. Nissan keeps its Versa on a diet, and gives it a tiny engine to ensure above average fuel economy. Of course that CVT transmission helps to wring out the very most out of the Versa’s powerplant. Our full review of the Versa tells the full story.