Surprise! The most fuel efficient, fun-to-drive inexpensive subcompact sold in America is the Ford Fiesta.
Seriously, it's true.
And it gets even crazier because the most fun to drive Ford Fiesta -- ironically the one with the automatic transmission -- is also the most fuel efficient.
No, it's not backwards day at CNNMoney.com. The Fiesta's twin-clutch automatic transmission sends power almost continuously to the wheels, the gear switches happening almost instantaneously. And that nicely complements the Fiesta's quick, responsive handling.