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What to drive if you faint at the sight of high fuel prices

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Subcompacts: Ford Fiesta SFE

Ford's stylish Euro-based Fiesta wins top honours in its class when the SE model ($16,100-$16,800) is equipped with the $800 super fuel economy package, which includes lower rolling-resistance tires, various deflectors and spoilers and cruise control. You also have to check off the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. So equipped, the 120-horsepower, 1.6-litre four-banger delivers 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 4.9 l/100km on the highway, with an estimated annual fuel cost of $1,260. Having driven a couple of Fiestas, I can say with confidence it's no penalty box. I also like its sibling, the Mazda 2 (6.8 L/100 km in the city, 5.6 on the highway), which is lighter and spunkier but a little less stylish, and the versatile Honda Fit (7.1/5.7), both equipped with five-speed manual transmissions.
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