*The Honda Mod costs a few thousand, depending, and brings your effective city mileage up to 40 MPG or so.
Step 1: Go to a used car dealership.
Step 2: Buy a used Civic.
Civics are over rated IMHO. I have always been a Mazda or Mitsubishi fan as far as imports go. Unfortunatly, performance is just one of the things I am looking for in a car. I gotta have 4 doors and a hatchback/wagon for carrying stuff.