Putting the “Efficient” in Fuel Efficiency

With gas prices soaring and green energy getting a big societal push, the market for fuel efficient cars is growing. For me, fuel efficient cars can be broken down into four categories:

  1. Electric Compact- any car that comes with an extension cord and is perfect for a family
  2. Fuel Efficient Compact- cars that are family oriented and receive about 28-50 mpg
  3. Fuel Efficient Luxury- luxury vehicles that  get about 28-50 mpg
  4. Electric Luxury (high voltage meets crazy power)- a plug in car that can go 0-60 in 5.2 seconds

Below are lists of the top three cars in each category based on:  miles per gallon (mpg), and cost.

Electric Compact Cars

For me, electric cars are still an unusual species, but they are an up-and-coming car, nonetheless. Here is a list of my top three compact electric cars:

  1. 2010 Nissan Leaf: at a listing price of $25,000 this all electric hatchback can seat up to five adults and can travel up to 100 miles on one charge
  2. Chevy Volt: lots of buzz and discussion regarding the Volt– all for a vehicle that has yet to be sold. The fun and snazzy look of the Volt compliments it’s comfortable and stylish interior. Chevy got this right!

Fuel Efficient Compact Cars

Fuel efficient compact cars have been the latest rage for environmentalists, celebrities, and car-poolers. Here is a list of our top three fuel efficient compact cars:

  1. Toyota Prius: introduced world-wide in 2001, the Prius is now Toyota’s third best-selling car. At an introductory price of about $22,000, 50 mpg, and a sportier feel, this newer version is fabulous!
  2. Honda Civic Hybrid: almost always the bride’s maid but never the bride. Listed at about $24,000, 42 mpg, and a bit more style than the older versions, this constant Prius runner-up will satisfy people who are looking for a dependable hybrid.
  3. Honda Insight: Listed at around $18,000, this is the most affordable car on my list and the smallest. The Honda Insight gets about 41 mpg, has a tight, sporty ride, and is perfect for an entry-level hybrid.

Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars

These are cars that are flashy, fast, and have great driving experiences. Here are our top three fuel efficient luxury cars.

  1. 2010 Lotus Elise: At a base price of about $55,000, this car can really hit the pocket book. BUT, if you’re looking for style (looks like it came from 2020), fun (handles like a dream), and fast (0-60 4.9 seconds) then this is the car for you.
  2. 2011 Porsche Boxster: Dropping almost 170 pounds, this Porsche is faster and handles better than its earlier models. The average price of this fuel efficient luxury vehicle is about $42,000 and gets about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
  3. 2011 Chevy Corvette: Compared to the Lotus and Porsche, it does lack in the luxury department, but the Corvette certainly makes up for it in the speed category. Able to go from 0-60 in four seconds, this is the most powerful car on the list, and is listed at a reasonable $40,000.

Electric Luxury Cars

This phrase is somewhat new to public conversations, but there are some fantastic, luxury plug-in cars on the market and slated to be sold soon. Here are our top three:

  1. Tesla Roadster: Sleek, stylish, and fun-to-drive, this all electric car hit the streets in 2008. This car can go from 0-60 in a jaw-dropping 3.7 seconds! The Roadster can go 245 miles on a single charge and has zero emissions. At a price tag of about $110,000 this is definitely not for everyone.
  2. 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell: Not available until 2013, this Mercedes-Benz is believed to have about a $250,000 sticker price and will reach a top speed of 155 miles. Its battery is rumored to last between 100-125 miles.

So there you have it folks, lists of the most fuel efficient cars based on four categories…