I looked at some Toyotas today - a base Matrix and a Yaris 5-dr hatch. The Yaris offers better fuel economy despite being automatic only (29/35). The Matrix offers more cargo capacity but at a significant hit to FE (25/31). A stick would do better, but the dealer in town doesn't have any in stock. Then as I was leaving, I saw a Scion xD. I hadn't seriously considered Scion before because their fuel economy has been declining since their product line was introduced. But an xD looks like it is mid-way between a Yaris and a Matrix, including fuel economy (27/33). And I could get a 5-dr. hatch with a stick (unlike the Toyota product). I also like that Scion doesn't charge $1,500 extra for power windows and locks. Toyota really gouges buyers with extra-cost options on their lower-end cars. So the question is: Will my overall economy be better with an automatic Yaris or a manual Scion xD? Most of my driving is in the city, though not always stop-and-go. The Scion is likely more practical because it is slightly larger than a Yaris (more room / cargo capacity) and almost as fuel-efficient by EPA estimates, though I really want to exceed 30MPG in the city. Looks from mileage logs here that even an automatic Yaris trounces the xD for MPG - but I'm not sure if that's because of the drivers or the cars. Any thoughts?