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Best Gas Mileage Cars
Back in the day, fuel-efficient vehicles were referred to as "economy cars" ... with the implication that a car that happened to be be good on gas, was less than desirable as anything other than a simple means of transportation ... i.e.: you only bought them because they were cheap.
Times have surely changed. Many of today's best gas mileage cars are remarkably fun to drive, with a number of sticker prices that are anything but inexpensive.
We've gone out of our way to review the best gas mileage cars of 2011, putting each vehicle through an exhaustive week of real world road tests. Our testing demonstrates that not only is it possible to meet the official gas mileage estimates for each car, but that conscientious drivers can exceeed those estimates, often by a significant amount under the right conditions. When it comes to gas mileage, a light-footed driving style goes a long way towards achieving the most miles per gallon (MPG).
Folks often ask if we have a favorite high-MPG car. This is a tough question to answer, because one size doesn't fit all ... but if we had to pick just one car, and cost was not an object, we'd have to pick the BMW 335d for the stunning combination of power and efficiency afforded by its clean diesel engine.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid are most appealing among the hybrids, overall. While they don't come near the undisputed chart-topping gas mileage capabilities of the Toyota Prius, the MKZ and Fusion are the most comfortable hybrid sedans we've tested, so far. Want something a bit more sporty? The Honda CR-Z is the most fun-to-drive hybrid ... when equipped with a manual transmission.
Taking cost into consideration, the Ford Fiesta is a great choice for thrifty commuting while connected, with its hands-free Sync system providing voice-control audio and Bluetooth connectivity. The Chevy Cruze ECO scores big points with its manual transmission and 42 MPG highway rating.
The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI is a great alternative to a SUV, with plenty of room to haul your stuff, and a torquey turbodiesel engine, along with European ride and handling. Likewise for the Volkswagen Golf TDI and Audi A3 TDI.
The chart of 2011's Best Gas Mileage Cars can be sorted by manufacturer, model, engine (number of cylinders), displacement (in liters), fuel, transmission, and mileage (city and highway):
- by Daniel Gray