The Best Cars for Gas Mileage

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Posted on 05/27/2011

Here’s the good news: gas prices are slowly dropping. But the bad news is a gallon of gas is still super expensive. The national average is currently sitting at about $3.81 a gallon. If you’re shopping for a new car this summer you may want to test drive a model considered to be best for gas mileage.


Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabriolet - If you have a relatively small build, no kids and a hamster for a pet then this car is definitely one to consider. The 2011 Smart Fortwo gets will cost you just $1.07 to travel 25 miles according to FuelEconomy.gov.


Honda CR-Z - This car is a regular gasoline engine sedan that just happens to get 353 miles to the tank. It will cost you about $2.68 to travel 25 miles in this car. On top of that it’s sporty and pretty roomy too.


Lexus CT 200h - This hybrid model gets 43 miles to the gallon in the city. That means it will cost about $2.36 to operate over the course of 25 miles. It starts at $29,120, so while it may save you some gas money it’s going to cost you up front.


Hyundai Elantra - The Hyundai Elantra may be compact, but it’s got a lot to offer. A manual six speed transmission should reach 40 miles per gallon on the highway according to FuelEconomy.gov. In the city it doesn’t perform quite as well. It’s reported to get 29 miles per gallon which means driving 25 miles will cost you $3.


Mini Cooper - Whether you end up behind the wheel of an automatic Mini Cooper or a manual you can expect about the same gas mileage. They each register 29 miles per gallon in the city. While they may be lacking in space it makes up for in style and fuel economy.


By Alison Storm


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