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Chevrolet Cruze 1LT
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT © General Motors

Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

  • Price: $19,910
  • Gas mileage: 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway

Although there is an Eco version of Cruze that gets better fuel economy and an all-new diesel that boasts even better gas mileage, Bankrate picked the 1LT with automatic transmission. Stylish, comfortable and nicely equipped, the Cruze 1LT offers competence, reliability and value. Consumer Reports put it on its list of "recommended" cars.

A 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine sends power to the front wheels by way of a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. Acceleration is brisk, yet fuel economy is impressive.

There aren't a ton of bells and whistles, but among the standard equipment are Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar telematics with six-month subscription, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability and auxiliary input jack.

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