The 5 Most Affordable Hatchbacks of 2013

Many of these hatchbacks are so versatile US News & World Report also gave them high rankings in other categories.

1. The 2013 Honda Fit
For such a small car, the 2013 Honda Fit offers ample passenger and cargo space (seats five people with plenty of space in the rear for adults) and above-average reliability. The automatic transmission averages up to 28/35 mpg city/highway. The combination of low ownership costs and high fuel economy made this hatchback a top pick for 2013 (it also won best subcompact car). Price starts at $15,425.

2. The 2013 Ford Fiesta
Looking for a hatchback with good driving dynamics, high-tech interior features, and great gas mileage (29/39 mpg city/highway)? The Fiesta offers all that and more. A smooth manual transmission, comfortable front seats, and a voice-activated infotainment system called Ford Sync all enhance the overall appeal.  Price starts at a cool 13,200.

3. The 2013 Volkswagen GTI
One of the best upscale hatchbacks on the market, the 2013 Volkswagen GTI is fun to drive with spacious seats, generous cargo room, and highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 24/33 mpg city/highway. Price starts at $ 23,995.

4. The 2013 Ford Focus
Not only is the 2013 Ford Focus ranked as the most affordable small car, its high fuel economy ratings and good use of cargo space make it a stand-out performer for best hatchback as well. The base automatic transmission averages 27/38 mpg city/highway and prices start at $16,200.

5. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt offers the fuel savings of an electric car along with the unlimited range of a gas engine. Two electric motors are powered by the Volt’s battery pack, which drives the front wheels. When the battery is depleted (or the Volt’s Hold drive mode is engaged), a four-cylinder gas engine acts as a generator for the Volt’s electric powertrain. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 35/40 mpg city/highway with the gas engine, or 98 mpg-e (miles per gallon-equivalent) when the Volt is in EV mode. Price starts at $39,145.