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2006 Mini Cooper (manual)
MPG: 30
Estimated cost: $16,660 - $24,7500

The retro-cool Mini Cooper is also a fuel economy gem. Unfortunately for interested buyers, it also holds its value very well, making it pricey for a used compact car.

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Last updated June 03 2008: 4:14 PM ET
Source: Fuel economy and Estimated Cost according to Consumer Reports' testing. Estimated Cost may include versions not named.