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Ten Fuel Efficient Cars Reviewed

Posted on 22 May 2011 by admin

This guest post is by Nicole Rodgers of Free Insurance Quotes.

Just because you want to get behind the wheel of a fuel efficient vehicle does not mean that you have to give up comfort, style, or performance.  The global economic crisis and the rising cost of energy have made car manufacturers think twice before rolling out gas-guzzling machines off their assembly lines.  As a result, there are quite a few attractive options for car buyers who wish to save at the pump with style.

1 – The Chevrolet Volt
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that this hybrid Chevy will get about 60 miles per gallon of fuel (mpg).  That makes it the most fuel efficient car (with a gasoline engine) in America.  Unlike previous hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius, the Volt can be plugged in and run about 40 miles without consuming a single drop of gasoline.  The Volt is not only a wonder of automotive engineering, it is also a stylish-looking compact car.

2 – The Ford Fiesta SE
As the only US automaker that did not require a government bailout during the recent economic meltdown, Ford had enjoyed moderate success with the Focus, a sporty and reasonably priced fuel-efficient compact. The new Fiesta SE is an even sportier version of the Focus with an automatic transmission that can get up to 40 mpg thanks to a 6 speed twin-clutch gearbox.

3 – The Honda Fit
Honda has been manufacturing fuel-efficient vehicles for a few years.  The Honda Fit is their flagship subcompact four-door hatchback that offers an impressive amount of cargo space.  The EPA estimates that the versatile Fit can get 33 mpg of combined highway and city driving.

4 – The Audi A3 TDI
When American drivers think of diesel fuel, they tend to imagine John Deere tractors and slow city buses.  Modern diesel is a cleaner and longer lasting fuel than gasoline.  The Audi A3 TDI is a four-door hatchback with a powerful engine that not only delivers a 200 horsepower driving experience, but it can also do so across 600 miles on a single tankful of diesel.

5 – The Chevrolet Cruze Eco
General Motors’ commitment to energy-saving is not limited to the Chevy Volt.  The Cruze Eco is their fuel-efficient replacement to the previous Chevy Cobalt; a compact sedan that is designed to rival Japanese mainstays such as the Civic and the Corolla.  The Cruze Eco beats its rivals with a combined 33 mpg.

6 – The BMW 335d
Yet another European torque-loving diesel: the BMW 335d is a sporty sedan that leaves the Chevy Camaro and even the BMW M3 in the dust with a powerful engine that somehow manages to get a combined 27 mpg.

7 – The Honda Civic GX
For many years, the Civic has been synonymous with economy.  The new Honda Civic does not run on gas, diesel, or even electricity.  This progressive-thinking compact sedan runs on compressed natural gas, one of the cleanest and most efficient technologies.  This new Civic can take you on a 900 mile trip on a single tank.

8 – The Lexus CT 200h
This is not your father’s Lexus.  It is smaller and lacks the power of its predecessor, but it manages to deliver a luxurious driving experience on a hybrid engine.  With an EPA-rated 40 mpg of combined driving, the Lexus is priced evenly with other hybrids such as the Chevy Volt.

9 – The Volkswagen GTI
The VW GTI has always been known as the quintessential sports car.  The latest version of the GTI does not sacrifice performance over fuel efficiency.  The new GTI purrs with a turbocharged four-cylinder 200 horsepower engine.  The EPA estimate for the GTI is 32 mpg on the highway, a little less than the Honda Fit, but a lot more fun to drive.

10 – The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
While the Fusion Hybrid sedan did not spark the success that Ford envisioned, the new Lincoln MKZ may just do so with elegance. The MKZ hybrid gets an impressive 39 mpg, about the same as a Ford Fiesta. The basic elements of a luxury sedan are all there: stylish cozy interior, huge back seat, smart dashboard, ampple trunk space, and more.

With the new fuel efficient vehicles drivers can expect to spend less time at gas stations and more time enjoying their cars.  More fuel efficient vehicles can be reviewed at Tonkin Green.


Nicole Rodgers has been blogging about cars for 3 years; she currently helps people study for their DMV exam and also contributes to a car insurance blog.

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