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 |  May 24 2013, 1:09 PM

8. 2008 Honda Fit (five-speed manual) – 31 MPG Combined

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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 Well, technically the first-generation model is “WENT” since it’s been superseded by a newer version, but like a barber-surgeon we’re just splitting hairs.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.

  • C7

    Nothing I want.

  • Nathan Kendall

    I’ve always thought the Insight was a cool little car.

  • DollarsnSense

    I don’t believe that there ever was a 2012 Mercury Milan…

  • craigcole

    Thanks for the heads up! We corrected the date, noting that the last year for Mercury’s Milan was the 2011 model year.

  • Hightech

    I have a 2006 Insight and the lifetime average is 61.8 MPG after 300,000 miles still going strong, (and it’s the CVT automatic)

  • Kate Bennet

    Honda CRX HF at 44 combined is #3, #4 would be the Honda Civic VX with 43 combined, #6 should be the Geo Metro at 40 combined.

  • Troy

    Why is there a Grim Reaper in the picture of the Mercury Milan? I get that is was the last year for that car, but it’s still a little creepy if you’re not expecting it….or is it just me?

  • ColumWood

    I think it’s self explanatory “If you’re opposed to the stench of death surrounding this discontinued brand you could always go with the more popular Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ; they’re a lot more alive”