One of the things that happen when a nation’s economy goes south is the reconsideration of priorities. People who previously never gave a thought to the cost of basic things like gasoline suddenly are forced to consider how much money they are spending for fuel. Cars that save their owners money start becoming popular, and the makers of gas guzzlers start to worry. 2011 is such a year, filled with unemployment and high gas-prices. What are the 2011 cars with best gas mileage for those facing the uncertainty of a continued recession?
The Ford Fiesta
Starting out in the $13,000 range and offering 29 MPG in the city and 40 on the highway, this car is as practical as it gets when it comes to non-hybrids. Practical is exactly what you get with the Fiesta as there is no mistaking its appearance for anything but the modest, sensible choice that it is. This is not a flashy car, though it handles better than many might expect. It is available in both sedan and hatchback. Bumper to bumper warranty: 3 years/36,000.
The Audi A3
This is for those drivers who want to save gas money without settling for a more working-class brand name like Ford. The Audi A3 has the slightly upscale fuel economy they desire. The A3′s base model is a little over $27,000 but it gets 30 MPG (diesel) and 40 in the highway. Audi drivers are paying for something more than brand-name and fuel economy as the A3 does perform better on the road than most of the cars in its class. Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles.
The Volkswagen Golf
Great fuel economy, but unfortunately at a luxury price. The 32 city and 40 highway mileage that make this car initially attractive will cost a buyer somewhere around $17,000. On the plus side, it has a expensive-feeling interior and a 170 horsepower engine.
The Chevrolet Cruze
Back to the good, American working class cars. The Cruze is Chevrolet’s replacement for the Cobalt. This Chevy, however, does not not feel like an “affordable” car. It sports a delightful, expensive-feeling, roomy interior. It also handles like a sports car while costing somewhere around $16,000 for the base model. Drivers of the Cruze’s Eco model will get 28 MPG in the city and 42 on the highway. The Chevrolet Cruze comes with a 5 year/100,000 warranty.
The Smart Fortwo
Not at all glamorous, but the people who drive it are not into glamour. This is the car for the person determined to end America’s dependence on oil all by themselves. Seriously, though, this two-seater starts out at a little over $12,000 for the pure coupe which is exceptional. With 33 MPG city and 44 highway it definitely belongs on a list of 2011 cars with best gas mileage. That said, it only sounds good until examined closely. As with all good-sounding things in life, there are drawbacks. With the Smart Fortwo the drawbacks are considerable. The standard model does not come with air conditioning or power windows. No audio system either. The safety ratings are pretty bad and it only runs on premium fuel. The warranty is for two years or 24,000 miles.