8. 2008 Honda Fit (five-speed manual) – 31 MPG Combined
The Fit is GO! Well, technically the first-generation model is “WENT” since it’s been superseded by a newer version, but like a barber-surgeon we’re just splitting hairs. With an unparalleled blend of function, style and driving dynamics the car was practically in a league of its own.
Like Hondas of yore, products built before the company became lost at sea, the 2008 Fit was something of a miniature miracle. Unlike competing sub-compacts this little hatch was genuinely fun to drive with spirited steering, a playful chassis and a slick-shifting manual transmission.
When it comes to functionality this half-scale Honda also offered an amazing amount interior space. The second-row “Magic Seat” tips and tumbles, flips and folds offering an astound array of cargo-loading options and more cargo room than a Hummer H3!
Under the car’s “Enchanted Hood” is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers all of 109 horsepower. When matched to a five-speed manual gearbox the Fit is capable of delivering 28 miles per gallon in the city and up to 34 on the interstate, scores that result in a combined rating of 31 MPG. Is it magic? Nope, just engineering. Now you’re good to GO for very little dough.