Put Your Money In The Bank, Not In The Tank: 1979 Datsun 210 Hatchback

35 MPG city, 47 MPG highway! Compare that to the numbers on the '09 Nissan Versa FE, which manages just 28/34 MPG.

Of course, that comparison isn't really fair, since the EPA used to run the "highway" test at a much lower speed, plus the Versa has all manner of safety gear and luxury accessories that 210 owners only dreamed about. Still, you'd think that we'd have made more progress on fuel economy in 30 years, no?