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Below are the top 10 most economical subcompact cars ordered by their combined MPG figure.

None of these cars are hybrids. Expensive and heavy hybrid technology doesn't really suit lightweight and cheap subcompacts. The smaller engines in subcompacts are already very efficient and only relatively small gains would be made by the inclusion of an electric motor.

Its also worth noting that all of these cars have gasoline engines. In other parts of the world small diesel engines are becoming very popular in subcompacts but in the U.S. we see fewer diesels and they tend to be housed in larger cars.

Economical Car Engine
City MPG
Hwy MPG
Combined
Smart fortwo 1.0L gasoline
33
41
36
Mini Cooper 1.6L gasoline
28
37
32
Toyota Yaris 1.5L gasoline
29
36
32
Honda Fit 1.5L gasoline
28
35
31
Chevrolet Aveo 1.6L gasoline
27
35
30
Pontiac G3 1.6L gasoline
27
35
30
Suzuki Swift 1.6L gasoline
27
35
30
Chevrolet Cobalt 2.2L gasoline
25
37
30
Pontiac G5 2.2L gasoline
25
37
30
Scion xD 1.8L gasoline
27
33
29

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Smart fortwo

The most economical subcompact is the Smart fortwo.

Its easy to see why this car won - its tiny. Its only 106 inches long, has 2 seats and is powered by a 3 cylinder 1.0 litre engine. It only weighs 730 kg. The Chevrolet Cobalt by comparison is 180 inches long and weighs 1,216 kg.

The Smart fortwo is instantly recognisable by its body shape and is well known for having the ability to change its exterior plastic body panels for different colors. Its also famous for being able to park lengthways in a parallel parking space, although this is banned in many jurisdictions.