I've been trying to come up with an objective way to look at the compact car segment since it's been recently spruced up. Specifically, comparing the Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic. I started by looking at the starting MSRP for each vehicle with manual and automatic transmissions, then looked at the engines power (for some kind of rough estimation of power on the road) and the fuel economy numbers. This is how it broke down. VW Jetta Automatic transmission: $16495 Manual transmission: $17695 Engine: 115 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 24/34 24/32 Ford Focus Automatic transmission: $16500 Manual transmission: $17595 Engine: 160 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 28/38 26/36 Chevrolet Cruze Automatic transmission: $16720 Manual transmission: $17715 Engine: 138 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 26/38 26/38 Hyundai Elantra Automatic transmission: $16445 Manual transmission: $17445 Engine: 145 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 29/40 29/40 Toyota Corolla Automatic transmission: $15900 Manual transmission: $16700 Engine: 132 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 28/35 26/34 Honda Civic Automatic transmission: $15805 Manual transmission: $16605 Engine: 140 hp Fuel economy manual auto: 28/36 28/39 Analyzing the manual and automatic offerings separately, it appears that in order from least to most expensive starting price: Manual Civic, Corolla, Elantra, Jetta, Focus, Cruze Automatic Civic, Corolla, Cruze, Focus, Jetta, Cruze Highway fuel economy for transmissions, best to worst: Manual Elantra, Focus/Cruze, Civic, Corolla, Jetta Auto Elantra, Civic, Cruze, Focus, Corolla, Jetta I created a chart to plot MSRP vs. fuel economy and the chart shows that the highest value and economy slot is occupied by the Civic in either transmission layout. Is there anything I am missing here, objectively? What I gather is that the Jetta and Corolla are competitively priced but lack in economy (and in the Jettas case, engine). The Civic and Elantra are by far the best in these areas, and the Cruze and Focus seem to slot somewhere in the middle. Just to be clear, I'm not shopping in this segment. In other words, discuss.