The Mazda MX-5 offers fun-in-the-sun driving, great fuel economy and affordability (at $28,095).


With the rising cost of gasoline as well as summer’s busy driving season revving up, it’s no surprise consumers are turning to more affordable cars to buy, drive and own. Along these lines, the editors at Metro Carguide have come up with some picks that make the grade when it comes to fuel efficiency, affordable purchase price and overall ‘summer-driving-and-travel’ appeal — whether you’re travelling, towing, hauling or just plain enjoying the ride. Have we listed the ideal 2007 car for you?


Hybrid: Toyota Prius —$31,280. The Prius is a 4-door, 5-passenger gas/electric hybrid car powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder 110 horsepower gasoline engine coupled with a battery-powered electric motor. In addition to Energuide ratings, the Prius achieves 4.0 L/100 km (71 mpg) in city driving. In addition to excellent fuel economy, it offers larger passenger and cargo space than most of its competitors. You’ll also appreciate the Prius’ long list of safety features and its price compared to equally-equipped 4-door sedans.

Convertible: Mazda MX-5 GX — $28,095. Not only does the MX-5 offer stylish, fun-in-the-sun driving, we like its affordability and great fuel economy, not to mention its easy-revving engine and incredible handling. The MX-5 comes available with a retractable hardtop and features a 166 horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Other features include side airbags and ABS brakes.

Truck: Ford Ranger XL — $18,499. With Energuide ratings of 13.2 L/100 km (21 mpg) in the city and 9.3 (30) on the highway, and a msrp in the mid-18,000 range for the base RWD model, the 2007 Ranger easily made our list as worthwhile little workhorse. It’s hard to find a brand new vehicle that offers the utility of a pick-up truck with the efficiency and affordability of a compact car.

SUV: Jeep Compass Sport — $17,995. Considered a ‘car-type’ SUV, the Compass made the grade for its excellent fuel economy rating: 9.0 L/100 (31 mpg city and 7.8 (36) in highway use. Regarded as one of the best in the SUV category today, any way you slice it, the Compass is one heck of a ride, thanks to its affordability and styling plus a long list of standard equipment and safety features.

Minivan: Honda Odyssey LX — $33,300. Not only does the Odyssey feature one of the best fuel economy ratings in the minivan category, it’s our favourite minivan in terms of styling and ride. The Odyssey features a 244 horsepower 3.5-litre V6 engine plus plenty of comfort and convenience features.