Switching to a full hybrid, a combined hybrid or an EV is logical against a fall in gas prices. But what if you want to stick to the old ICE power made of gold?
You may not like hybrids of artificial, non-linear brake pedals, or the effect of the mass of a large battery pack on stopping and turning. Or you may want to enjoy the cleanliness of a simple combustion engine until the government removes it from your cold dead hands. Whatever the reason, let’s say you want a traditional power supply, but you still don’t want your credit card to be overused at your local gas station.
We’ve put together a list of vehicles that are fun to drive and don’t need to be plugged in to impress EPA fuel efficiency testers. In addition, the fantastic efficiency of most hybrids turns to dust on a long trip, where the initial EV range is quickly consumed and you take away the dead weight of the battery cells.
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All vehicles here can reach speeds of at least 25 mph in the combined cycle and 30 mph on the highway according to the EPA. Some even reach 40 mph / g on a cruise, which is not a record efficiency, but because there are economical cars around, we chose 12 cars because they are also comfortable to drive. Of course, given the depreciation and the cost of replacing the car, it may be cheaper not to replace the car at all, so make your amount before you save $ 20,000 to save $ 10 a week on gas bills.
Volkswagen GTI – 28 MPG integrated (25/34, City / Highway)
The Volkswagen Golf GTI, or simply the GTI in the United States, is sometimes criticized a bit for not being as severe as its hot hatch resistance. Focusing on convenience, such as helping to get your punches on the back track, makes it a true ally for those who hate stopping filling it.
EPA 241 hp (244 PS) GTI is rated up to 28 mph in the combined cycle and up to 34 mph on the highway when equipped with an additional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike some other cars, you don’t get hit by choosing a wand: the only difference is in the city rankings from 25 miles to 24 miles.
Even the 315 horsepower (319 PS) Golf R isn’t too bad for juice, but it’s much more sensitive to transmission. Equipped with a DSG, the R’s 26 mpg total drops to just 23 miles if you add it to the six-speed manual.
Mazda MX-5 – 29 MPG integrated (26/34, City / Highway)
Maintaining leaf weight in a ketodiet is not only ideal for processing. It is also useful for a decent mileage of one gallon of gas, as the Mazda MX-5 proves at 2,345 pounds (1,064 kg). 181 a.c. (184 PS) Without the benefit of a turbo to increase the efficiency of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv quadruple, the Miata reaches 29 miles per gallon in the combined cycle and 26/34 miles / h when used in the city / highway.
Mazda also offers an automatic MX-5, but the 1 mpg gain is small and gives you absolutely zero legitimate excuses when someone asks you why you bought a two-pedal MX-5.
Alfa Romeo Giulia – Combined with 27 MPG (24/33, city / highway)
Of course, we’d like to see a Quadrifoglio at the entrance more than the usual Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, but even if someone else finances the $ 37,000 price difference, its 20-mile speed savings means it’ll spend more time parking. on the driveway than the four-banker.
As for the four-cylinder Julias, it is automatic or nothing, and the result combined with the adjustment of the front-wheel drive main gearbox – a decent 27 mph in a combined cycle for a car that costs $ 43,350, which gives you a comfortable travel range. 413 miles (665 km).
Mini Cooper S – 31 MPG integrated (28/38, City / Highway)
The original Mini of 1959 was an attempt by the British company BMC to create a “real” car that was economical enough to lure people away from running mutants, such as the then popular Isetta and Heinkel bubble cars. And after 63 years and 1,600 pounds (726 kg), the current keeper of the small flame is equally economical.
134 a.c. (136 horsepower) The 1.5-liter triple base Mini Cooper is good for 32 mph in automatic mode and 31 mph in manual, EPA says. Not bad, but the automatic Cooper S gives you 55 hp. (56 PS) gives more muscle, still delivers 31 mph / g together and corresponds to Cooper’s figure of 38 mph. Even 228 hp (231 PS) The JCW solid top panel returns a total of 29 mph. These things hate gas stations.
Hyundai Elantra N – 25 MPG integrated (22/31, City / Highway)
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The combined 25 mpg does not help to include the Hyundai Elantra N in Greta Thunberg’s list of company cars, as she is anxious to learn to drive when she is old enough. But considering how fun it is to throw an Elantra, it’s not scary, and on the plus side, it’s for a car equipped with a six-speed manual. The automatic version is rated at only 23 mpg, which is just like the automatic Kona N, which means that the Elantra Hyundai is the lowest-cost N car, at least until the Ioniq 5 N arrives.
Audi S3 – 27 MPG integrated (23/32, City / Highway)
The Volkswagen GTI mentioned earlier in this list reminded us of how economical the VW group turbo engines are, and nothing changes when you put them behind a four-ring grille. In fact, the 27 mpg Audi S3 sedan is more economical than its closest mechanical rival, the 26 mpg Golf R hatch, but the Golf equals points on the highway and gets a 33 mpg rating on the S3’s 32 mpg rating.
And, as you might expect, as you lower the range, things get greener, which is partly due in part to the use of 48c soft hybrid technology. EPA 201 a.c. (204 PS) says that a conventional 2.0-liter turbo A3 all-wheel-drive cycle without a quattro travels 32 miles per gallon of gas, and an impressive 38 miles on the highway.
Honda Civic Si – 31 MPG integrated (27/37, city / highway)
We don’t know the exact specifications of the upcoming Civic Type R or how far it will go in gallons, but we hope it gets a leaf out of the 2022 Civic Si book. This is because, although it has a mandatory manual transmission, it has 200 hp. (203 PS) The 1.5-liter turbocharged Si sedan is rated at a total speed of 31 mph, making it one of the most economical cars around.
But obviously not the most economical Civic. This honor is bestowed on a four-door Civic sedan equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and a CVT transmission, which returns a combined 36 mph and “Which side of the refill? It has been so long ”42 mpg highway figure.
Acura Integra – 33 MPG integrated (30/37, City / Highway)
So you like the idea of Civic Si, but you don’t have to remember your debts or do a two-hour workout on your left leg every morning on the way to the office. Or you may want a sunroof / liftback and worry that the Si is only available as a sedan. Anyway, 2023 Acura Integra has got you covered.
Both vehicles have the same front-wheel drive chassis and 200 hp. (203 PS) uses a 1.5-liter turbo engine. But only Acura allows you to choose a manual and automatic transmission. We usually say that we drive by hand, especially since only three-pedal cars come with LSD, but in this case, there are several reasons you may not have.
First, the automatic transmission, which is technically a CVT, significantly reduces gas by attracting a 33/30/37 combined / city / highway rating, and 30/26/36 for guidance. Second, to unlock the option manually, you need to purchase an expensive top plate with the A-Spec package.
BMW 230i – 29 MPG integrated (26/35, City / Highway)
The most economical non-hybrid car for sale in North America, BMW is one of the cleanest and most fun cars to drive. It’s a pity you can’t combine the 230i B48’s 2.0-liter turbo four with a six-speed manual transmission, but the ZF 8HP’s excellent automatic and shift blades make it 255 hp. (259 PS) means full power control. ).
Of course, do it and you won’t be able to achieve the combined speed of 29 mph / g achieved using BMW’s carefully compared automatic mode software, but you’ll definitely have fun.
Toyota GR86 – 25 MPG integrated (21/31, City / Highway)
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The Toyota GR86 boxer engine makes it unique among sports cars with front-wheel drive, of course, its brother Subaru BRZ. But it does not save much fuel when most enthusiasts are equipped with a manual transmission. The EPA estimates the GR equipped with a wand at a combined 22 mpg, but you can upgrade it to 25 mph by selecting an automatic alternative and you get the same excellent chassis.
But who are we kidding? It’s so hard not to drive these cars, because every trip is a GTA escape mission, so you’ll probably consider an economy of less than 20 miles, no matter which transmission you choose.
When we get boxers, we have to vote for the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. Both of our combined 25 mpg, 30 mpg highways were not economical enough to meet the entry requirements, but the 24 mpg combined 718 base, 27 mpg highways are still strong in coupe and convertible form when equipped with PDK transmission.