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10 gas-saving commuter cars for the times

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Used-car picks for motorists who want to stick it to the oil companies

You’ve liberated the trunk of old tools and hockey equipment, and taken the unused ski racks off the roof – but you’re still spending $100 to fill the gas tank of your old family bruiser. Maybe it’s time to consider a smaller car for commuting duty in these times of gravity-defying fuel prices.We’ve handpicked 10 used compact and subcompact economy cars with an eye to real-world fuel economy and, as always, reliability. To get on our list, owners must have praised both the cars’ fuel-sipping habits and their ability to avoid a garage hoist. As much as we’d like to believe EnerGuide fuel ratings, we suspect some automakers optimize their engines for the government test, while delivering less-than-stellar mileage on the street.Here are our used-car picks for motorists who want to stick it to the oil companies. Which includes just about everyone.
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