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7. Mazda 2
The little hatchback from Mazda, the “zoom zoom” company, is priced right at $14,720. Adding to the value proposition is an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway, meaning fewer stops at the pump. Just because the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine sips the gas does not mean the car isn’t any fun. The engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission provide punchy acceleration buyers have come to expect from Mazda vehicles. The car also handles so tightly it is actually fun to drive around the city, turning a day of running errands into a great excuse to zip around town.