Cash for Clunkers has come and gone, but consumers on the lookout for affordable cars don’t have to rely on government incentives to get a good deal on a new car. Here are five cars that get good gas mileage for less than $12,000.
The 2009 Smart (Stock Quote: DAI) fortwo Coupe may only have a "radio-ready console," but this little jellybean of a car has a top speed of 90 miles per hour, and it's so tiny that two can fit horizontally in one average parking space. But let’s face it: If you’re reading this, you’re likely more concerned with fuel economy and price, and the Smart fortwo Coupe ranked as the most fuel efficient, all gas-powered vehicle by fueleconomy.gov. List Price: $11,990 Transmission: push-button switch from automatic to manual Combined Gas Mileage: 36 miles per gallon Horsepower: 70 hpPhoto Credit: Smart USA Join the MainStreet team on Facebook!(you'll like it)