Hybrid cars are a wonderful, eco-friendly way to save money on fuel costs and reduce your carbon footprint by using less gasoline. But hybrids can be more expensive than non-hybrids, and not everybody wants one. Fortunately automotive engineers have been working hard to design standard cars with fuel efficiency that rivals many hybrids.
Here is a list of 5 of the top fuel-efficient non-hybrid cars currently available:
- Smart Fortwo—
As one of the smallest cars with a standard gasoline engine on the market, the Smart Fortwo obviously gets much of its efficiency from its small size. As the name suggests, it offers seating for only two people, getting 34 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Despite the minuscule size of this vehicle, it has scored surprisingly well on safety tests, and if you live in a crowded city, it is a dream to park. If you’re looking for power—look elsewhere—but if you’re seeking steering precision and ease-of-parking, this might be the perfect car for you.
- Nissan Versa—
Known for being one of the least expensive cars in its class, the Nissan Versa is extremely fuel-efficient, offering 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. An interesting quality this car has to offer is legroom, which can be hard to find in a smaller vehicle, but test drivers of this car often praise the fact that they don’t feel cramped.
With a relatively quiet engine, the Nissan Versa goes from zero to 60 mph in a little over 10 seconds, so while it won’t win many races, it does get points for stealth.
- Volkswagen Passat—
With 31 mpg city and an impressive 43 mpg highway, the Volkswagen Passat is a great car for those seeking good gas mileage combined with the power not usually found in a fuel-efficient vehicle. As a sedan, this car works great as a family car, and test drivers seem to truly appreciate its stability, linear steering and straight suspension.
If you have been trying to find the size and steadiness of a larger family vehicle combined with the fuel-efficiency of a smaller car, look no further than the Volkswagen Passat.
- Audi A3 TDI—
The Audi A3 TDI offers a bit of luxury with its 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, with cutting-edge technology like an on-board Internet connection and a premium sound system. Going from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, this car offers a bit more power than many fuel-efficient cars.
Later in the year, the company has promised to deliver a 1.6 liter TDI that will get a whopping 61 mpg on the highway (for the European market).
- Scion iQ—
Another car useful for fuel economy with seating only for two, this car offers excellent efficiency, getting 36 mpg city and 37mpg highway. What the Scion iQ lacks in size and power, it makes up for in fuel savings and convenient maneuverability.
Because of the lack of power, this car may not be ideal for anyone with a daily highway commute, but if your main vehicular priority is to own something to drive around a crowded city with limited parking, consider the Scion iQ.
According to the EPA, the ten most fuel-efficient cars currently on the market are electric or hybrid vehicles. If you’re hoping to find a standard gasoline engine that gets great gas mileage, however, you can still go green by purchasing one of the smart choices on the above list.