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4th place: Ford Focus
Price: $14,395 - $16,925
Avg. mileage: 33.3 mpg
Back roads: 36.9 mpg - 4th place
City: 23.6 mpg - 4th
Highway: 37.5 mpg - 4th

The Ford Focus is a good compact car with good fuel economy, but it was simply outclassed.

An average of 33.3 mpg is commendable, but it's almost 7 mpg less than its closest competitor here, the ultra-small two-seat Smart ForTwo.

The Focus finished fourth in all three segments of Edmunds.com's driving test. It also finished fourth in total fuel costs for the trip.

NEXT: 3rd place: Smart ForTwo

Last updated June 02 2008: 3:17 PM ET