2012 Ford Fiesta: 33 mpg combined
The Ford Fiesta, now in its third model year, was the first car to emerge from the "One Ford" approach to building the same model globally and adapting it to local market tastes.
Introduced a few years earlier in Europe, the Fiesta subcompact is offered as both a hatchback and a somewhat stubby-looking sedan.
While the Fiesta SFE option boosts the highway fuel economy rating to the magic 40-mpg mark, several different Fiesta combinations are rated at 33 mpg combined.
We enjoyed driving the Fiesta, though we're not necessarily fans of the overwrought dashboard design, which from certain angles looks like a Darth Vader mask.
Still, as one of Ford's earliest models to offer the SYNC voice-command and digital device interface system, the Fiesta is modern and enjoyable.
Like the outgoing Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models, the Fiesta is assembled in Mexico.