Thursday, February 5, 2009

Best mileage vehicles... Not from the Big 3

So what are the best gas mileage vehicles out there for 2009?
I still need to drive a family around so electric is not an option yet.

According to fueleconomy.gov the Toyota Prius is the most fuel efficient vehicle for 2009. It is rated to get 48 MPG in city and 45 MPG on the highway. The MSRP is in the range of $22,000 to $24,270.

Next is the Honda Civic Hybrid getting 40 MPG in the city and 45 MPG for highway driving. With an MSRP of $23650 to $26,850 it is a more expensive option.

Then there is the Smart car. The fortwo Coupe and fortwo Convertible are rated to get 33 MPG city driving and 41 MPG on the highway. The MSRP for these little cars is $11,990 to $16,990. Not bad of a price. Too bad it's too small to carry the family.

VW's 2009 Jetta TDI and Sportwagon Diesel are rated to get 30 MPG city and 41 MPG on the highway. They have an MSRP of $22,270 and $23,870 respectively. Run it on biodiesel and reduce your impact even more.

Another Toyota entry is the Yaris which getes 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. MSRP range for this car is $12,205 and 15,880. This is a good contender for our next get around town family vehicle.

Rounding out my most fuel efficient list, from accross the pond there is the Mini. This has always been a nice looking car with 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. It has an MSRP of $18,550 and $28,550 depending on the model and options.

Others models that getover 20 MPG, but under the 28 MPG in the city are the Nissan Versa, the Hyundai Sonata, and the Honda Accord.

I am curious as to why aren't there any models from the Big 3 on this list. Probably the same reason why they have lost their Big 3 status.