4. Mitsubishi Mirage - 40 MPG Combined
The subcompact offering from Mitsubishi is the Mirage, and it’s cheaply priced at $12,995. But don’t expect a whole lot from this hatch, considering it’s the least powerful of all the cars on our list with 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque from its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. But then again, if you could care less about performance and concerned more about fuel economy, then the 37 mpg city, 44 mpg highway rating will surely be music to your ears. It’s is actually the most fuel efficient hatchback under $25,000 that doesn’t use hybrid technology with a 40 mpg combined rating. That’s due in large part to its continuously-variable transmission, which improves fuel economy over the base manual version.