The Mini Cooper, Honda Fit, and Smart cars are stalling. Here are three 2013 imports aiming to revive the small-car market with huge highway mileage.
Alfa Romeo Mito
By every indication, the MiTo should be a hit. With 8.8 cubic feet of storage and TomTom navigation built in, its zippiest model goes from zero to 60mph in eight seconds.
The original was mocked as an acronym for “Fix it again, Tony.” Now that Fiat has taken over Chrysler, the new model—with seven airbags and a Beetle-like look—should fare better.
It’s the world’s cheapest car ($2,200) for a reason: no power steering, airbags, or A/C, and a two-cylinder engine. The U.S. version will be more substantial and costly.