Muscle per Gallon: Small Cars

We rated cars' mix of performance and fuel economy (the muscle per gallon index).

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To rate cars' mix of performance and fuel economy (the muscle per gallon index), we multiplied the horsepower rating by the city MPG number, then divided by 100.

Rank Make Model Base MSRP Engine Type Horsepower City MPG Muscle per gallon index
1 Audi A3 $34,915 Gas V6 250 18 45.0
2 Honda Civic Hybrid $22,600 Gas/electric I4 110 40 44.0
3 Nissan Sentra $19,760 Gas I4 177 24 42.5
4 Audi A3 $25,930 Gas I4 200 21 42.0
4 Nissan Sentra $20,260 Gas I4 200 21 42.0
4 Volkswagen GTI $23,300 Gas turbocharged I4 200 21 42.0
7 Honda Civic Coupe $22,860 Gas I4 197 21 41.4
8 Acura TSX $28,190 Gas I4 205 20 41.0
9 Volvo S40 $30,365 Turbo gas I5 227 18 40.9
10 Saab 9-3 $28,080 Gas I4 210 19 39.9
11 Saab 9-3 $35,215 Gas V6 255 15 38.3
12 Chevrolet Cobalt $19,210 Gas 4-cyl 171 22 37.6
12 Pontiac G5 $19,350 Gas 4-cyl 171 22 37.6
14 Honda Civic $21,660 Gas I4 140 26 36.4
15 Volkswagen Jetta $22,900 Gas I5 170 21 35.7
15 Volkswagen Rabbit $18,650 Gas I5 170 21 35.7
17 Pontiac G5 $15,175 Gas 4-cyl 148 24 35.5
18 Toyota Corolla $15,450 Gas I4 126 28 35.3
19 Nissan Sentra $16,860 Gas I4 140 25 35.0
20 Scion xD $14,550 Gas I4 128 27 34.6
21 Mazda Mazda3 $17,435 Gas I4 156 22 34.3
22 Mazda Mazda3 $17,155 Gas I4 148 23 34.0
22 Subaru Impreza $20,495 Gas flat 4-cyl 170 20 34.0
24 Ford Focus $14,660 Gas I4 140 24 33.6
24 Ford Focus Coupe $14,300 Gas I4 140 24 33.6
24 Volvo S40 $24,365 Gas I5 168 20 33.6
27 Mitsubishi Lancer $14,890 Gas I4 152 22 33.4
28 Hyundai Elantra $13,625 Gas I4 138 24 33.1
28 Kia Spectra $16,995 Gas I4 138 24 33.1
28 Saturn Astra $16,925 Gas I4 138 24 33.1
31 Hyundai Elantra $14,625 Gas I4 132 25 33.0
32 Chevrolet Cobalt $14,635 Gas 4-cyl 148 22 32.6
33 Scion tC $17,000 Gas I4 161 20 32.2
34 Kia Rio $14,465 Gas I4 110 29 31.9
35 Nissan Versa $14,810 Gas 4-cyl 122 26 31.7
35 Ford Focus Coupe $15,130 Gas I4 132 24 31.7
37 Toyota Yaris $12,225 Gas I4 106 29 30.7
38 Honda Fit $15,270 Gas I4 109 28 30.5
39 Volkswagen New Beetle $20,525 Gas I5 150 20 30.0
40 Hyundai Accent $13,925 Gas I4 110 24 26.4
41 Chevrolet Aveo $12,020 Gas 4-cyl 103 24 24.7
42 Suzuki Forenza $14,649 Gas I4 126 19 23.9
42 Suzuki Reno $15,099 Gas I4 126 19 23.9
44 Smart ForTwo $11,590 Gas I3 70 33 23.1
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