With gasoline above $3.00 per gallon in most areas, the cost of driving a car is once again on the rise. Fuel economy, always an important consideration when buying a new car, deserves strong consideration for prospective buyers. The challenge for car buyers is to find high-efficiency cars that also deliver excellent quality and styling.
The great news for buyers is that there are many gas-sipping options priced under $25,000. Even more exciting, some hybrid models are starting to crack the $25,000 cost ceiling, making newer technology vehicles affordable.
People seeking a pint-sized experience and very low cost should consider the Smart Fortwo. Priced around $14,000, this vehicle is pure form. Made by Mercedes Auto Group, the vehicle, which has just enough room for two, gets an impressive 33mpg city/41 highway. More than one million have been produced in Europe and Canada and more are being seen on US roads. The Fortwo could never accommodate a growing family but is ideal for the trip across town or to the train.
Any discussion of fuel misers must include vehicles made by Honda Motors. Priced between $14,000 and $24,000, two models of Civic (gas and hybrid), the Honda Fit, and the Honda Insight are all worthy for consideration. The Hybrid Civic gets 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Its gas-only cousin grades out only slightly worse with results of 26/36mpg. The Honda Fit with its hatchback offers loading convenience and attains mileage results of 28/35 mpg with a 4 cylinder engine.
The Honda line has many features including sunroofs, excellent safety ratings, and interior space large enough for a small family of four. In every car you will find power windows, air conditioning, and mp3 players so you can tote along your music collection.
Toyota delivers three vehicles to this class, the Toyota Prius, Yaris, and the well-known Toyota Corolla. Priced between $13,000 and $25,000, these three vehicles show impressive mpg results, especially with the Prius at 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. All three vehicles are well equipped and have good interior fit and finish that Toyota is well known for in its vehicles.
Nissan rounds out the field with the Juke and Versa models priced from $10,000 to $25,000. These entries offer aggressive styling and power (in the case of the Juke) and solid entry-level reliability from the Versa. With the price of the Versa, you will have enough left over to buy those plane tickets to Europe. Consumers love these cars, and their mpg performance of 27 to 32 miles per gallon is a very likely reason for this.
This article on fuel efficient cars was supplied by Garry Paul from Constant Content.