Smaller fuel efficient cars offer more upscale features and style.
The Toyota Yaris. If you want good fuel economy (34 city, 40 highway), reliability and style on a budget, the Yaris comes in two basic model styles: a 2-door with a hatchback, and a 4-door sedan. Though a lot of options are available, they can really drive up the base price. If you need a lot of features, consider the Civic or Corolla.