Gasoline prices at the pump have surged, reaching a US national average of $4.34 in March, and remain more than 70% greater than at this time last year. These surging gas prices have sent ripple effects throughout the U.S. economy. Companies including Uber and Lyft are bumping rates to offset prices for drivers as well. Some people have been trying to switch to EV’s for relief, but Inflation and the cost of materials are sending prices skyrocketing, and many customers who want an EV are being put on a waitlist. Here are some small car alternatives that can help you save at the pump
2022 Kia Rio
Fuel Economy: 36 mpg
The Rio has an outstanding warranty coverage, which is longer than those of most of its rivals. If that doesn’t entice you it is also one of the most reliable subcompact vehicles on the road. It has a simple interior with straightforward controls. However, that simplicity doesn’t mean the Rio lacks tech features. The Rio comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Rio’s 120-horsepower 4-cylinder engine matches the Nissan Versa’s horsepower but receives better fuel economy. A comfortable ride and solid build quality give this class-leader balance
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
The Mirage’s 39 mpg makes it a standout from the group and is one of the most fuel-efficient picks in its class. It also has an excellent warranty, like the Kia Rio. Also like the Kia Rio The Mirage is one of the least expensive new cars you can buy. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least-refined choices in its segment, with a relatively coarse ride and a downmarket cabin. Its 78-horsepower 3-cylinder is the weakest engine on the market so don’t expect to get anywhere with speed.
2022 Nissan Versa
Fuel Economy: 35 mpg
The Nissan Versa is a very practical, and affordable subcompact car that has a surprisingly nice cabin in higher trims. It was also named U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Subcompact Car for the Money. It is equipped with a 4-cylinder which has only one available engine that produces 122 horsepower. It’s sluggish, especially on the highway, but it still has more horsepower than most other cars in the Versa’s price range, and it helps the Versa return excellent fuel economy getting 35 mpg. The Versa boasts a lengthy list of ADAS features and one of the lowest starting prices.