Most of today’s fuel cars are in a never-ending race to mpg goodness, due in part to an increase in fuel prices and environmentally conscious consumers. Nearly all car manufacturers offer an economy model, priced at around $15,000, that achieves decent gas mileage (±30 mpg). However, if you want serious fuel efficiency (+60 mpg) you’ll have to spend way more money. Let’s look at the current alternatives from the top car manufacturers around the globe.
Volkswagen’s base model, the Jetta S, is priced at $16,895 and offers 23/24 mpg. The Jetta, classified as a compact car, has a history of reliability and it’s backed from one of the most prestigious brands in the market, not to mention its appealing European looks. However, 24 mpg is not a substantial figure in today’s market, and it will cost you an extra $4,000 to get to a decent 30/42 mpg. That’s right, Volkswagen’s green offering is a powerful clean diesel TDi, and it will set you back $21,295.
Toyota goes a step further and offers the Yaris, a subcompact vehicle that achieves higher fuel efficiency in 30/37 mpg. Unlike the spacious Jetta, the Yaris comes in a hatchback only version and it’s significantly smaller. However, Toyota offers a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles, including SUVs. Starting at $19,080, the Prius gives you an astonishing fuel efficiency of 53 mpg and a roomier interior. Toyota also offers an all electric SUV, the RAV4, with an impressive 76 mpg equivalent.
Ford also offers a subcompact capable of a modest 27/38 mpg. The Ford Fiesta has proven to be a popular choice as it’s priced at an attractive $14,100. Ford’s other green offerings include hybrid versions of C-Max and Fusion, along with an all electric Ford Focus, which is rated at 99 mpg equivalent.
Other car manufacturers in the U.S. offer similar options with comparable fuel economy. However, Elio Motors, an upcoming brand, has promised to produce a vehicle capable of 84 mpg at only $6,800. Stay tuned to see how this new car does and don’t forget to stop by your local Ford dealership to see their current hybrid and green models.
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