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Cheapest Fuel Efficient Cars: Fit Is Go!
Posted By Jim On 08/14/2008 @ 12:01 pm In Cars | 23 Comments
I’m surprised it took this long for someone to produce a list of the top ten cars in price per miles per gallon but Consumer Reports finally came through. We all know that hybrid vehicles are great fuel efficient cars but we also know that there is a waiting list for the Prius, hybrid vehicles are expensive (with many of the hybrid vehicle tax breaks expiring ), and take nearly a decade to break-even on gas prices. It turns out that the most fuel efficient car, dollar for dollar in price, is the manual transmission Honda Fit Sport at $464 per MPG, edging out its base-model non-sport sibling and the base Toyota Prius.
Here are some thoughts I had about the list:
Full table after the jump.
|Model||As tested Price||Overall mpg||Price per mpg|
|Honda Fit Sport (manual)||$15,765||34||$464|
|Honda Fit (base)||15,245||32||476|
|Toyota Prius (base)||23,780||44||540|
|Mazda3 i (manual)||17,290||30||576|
|Toyota Prius Touring||24,803||42||591|
|Nissan Versa 1.8 SL||16,675||28||596|
|Honda Civic Hybrid||22,400||37||605|
|Honda Civic EX (manual)||18,810||31||607|
|Hyundai Elantra GLS||17,555||27||650|
|Scion tC (base)||17,115||26||658|
In addition to being fuel efficient vehicles, every car on the list is “recommended” by Consumer Reports, meaning it meets their quality requirements, and is have strong owner-cost ratings so you can be assured you’re not going to face huge maintenance issues down the road. I think those are two very important considerations when buying a car but I’m not at all surprised CR took that into account.
Best fuel economy for the buck  [Consumer Reports]
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 hybrid vehicle tax breaks expiring: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/2008-hybrid-tax-credit-update.html
 Best fuel economy for the buck: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/cr-recommended/best-fuel-economy-for-the-buck/overview/best-fuel-economy-for-the-buck-ov.htm
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