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 |  May 24 2013, 1:09 PM

7. 2010 Toyota Yaris (five-speed manual) – 32 MPG Combined

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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.

  • 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”