While big trucks and full-size sedans will always hold an important place in our hearts, let’s face it: this is the time of the small car. They’re not torture chambers anymore: these days, small cars are stylish and loaded with cool features, while still remaining fuel efficient (extra-important as gas heads towards and beyond $4 a gallon).
The new Hyundai Accent makes sure to play up the latter credential; it pulls down 30 miles per gallon in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with no trouble, thanks to its 1.6 liter inline-four. A choice of six-speed stick or automatic moves all that power to the wheels.
It ain’t scrimping on style, either; both the hatchback and sedan models use a scaled-down version of the bright-eyed face from the Elantra. Nor is there a lack of features—a 172 watt stereo and Bluetooth are both part of the package. The best part? You can climb into one for a little more than $12 grand. Fully loaded, it goes for $16,790. Livin’ large doesn’t mean you need to drive large anymore!