7. 2010 Toyota Yaris (five-speed manual) – 32 MPG Combined
The Honda Fit is every bit as engaging to drive as it is functional, but not all cars are this ingenious; in fact some are downright discouraging. Several of its competitors are so gloomy they require a handful of antidepressants just to look at. Speaking of clinical sadness, the 2010 Toyota Yaris clocks in at No. 7.
This car is so utilitarian Vladimir Lenin would probably drive one if he were alive today… and not diabolically opposed to the decadent capitalist system that built it. The Yaris features a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that puts out a whole 106 horsepower. Torque is likewise featherweight at just 103 lb-ft.
But all that hardship does have its benefits. First of all it builds character, but automotive adversity can also result in impressive fuel economy. With a five-speed manual transmission the 2010-vintage Yaris stickers 29 miles per gallon in the city and up to 36 on the interstate. Those numbers result in a combined score of 32 MPG. Unlike a fine wine the Yaris is not something that gets better with age.