Just because you have a deep-seated fear of gas stations, doesn't mean you can't have a nice ride. Here are ten cars picked by Jalopnik readers that show you don't have to settle for a Prius.

All fuel economy figures come from FuelEconomy.gov, unless otherwise stated.

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10.) BMW 335d

Suggested By: ufarrochil

City: 23

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Highway: 36

Why it's eco-awesome: It's a rear-wheel drive turbodiesel manual wagon! It's a handsome, spacious, fun-to-drive all-rounder that you can hypermile until the cows come home.

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9.) Porsche 912

Suggested By: rawtoast

average: 27.6 (Porsche)

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Highway: 30

Why it's eco-awesome: In the 1960s, Porsche thought they needed and entry-level car to slot in under the new 911. What they did was just cram their old four-cylinder engine in the back of a 911 shell. It was down on power, but it lost a lot of weight and gained a lot in terms of safe and stable handling. These things are getting pricier and pricier as collectors catch on to its charms, though.

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8.) Suzuki Swift GTi

Suggested By: Jstas

City: 25

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Highway: 33

Why it's eco-awesome: If you can get past the fact that all your friends will shame you for driving what is basically a Geo, the official car of people who have given up, you'll have one of the greatest secrets in the car world. The Swift GTi is an absolute featherweight, and its 100 horsepower 1.3l four-cylinder is more than powerful enough to keep you entertained. It's the great forgotten hot hatch.

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7.) Porsche 918

Suggested By: BecauseFamilyCar

Combined: 74 (Porsche)

Why it's eco-awesome: You don't buy a Porsche 918 because you're stingy with the gas bill. In fact, you can't really buy a 918 at all, because they're not in production yet. However, when Porsche does start building these things for rich sheiks and what not, they'll get to enjoy a 770 horsepower monster with Le Mans-grade flywheel hybrid technology.

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6.) Lotus Elise

Suggested By: Chucky332

Urban: 34 (Lotus)

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Extra-Urban: 56

Why it's eco-awesome: The Chapman-esque philosophy of light weight and simple cars pays off not only in the corners, but at the pump, too.

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5.) Toyota MR2

Suggested By: Gothmog3VZ - Red AW11 makes my Camry all jelly

City: 23

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Highway: 29* (32 MPG according to many owners)

Why it's eco-awesome: It's like an Elise that you can actually afford! From the 1980s angular mini-Ferrari to the curvy and swoopy later generations, these little midengined Toyotas are excellent to own and they are light and efficient enough to top 30 mpg in the real world.

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4.) Fiat 500 Abarth

Suggested By: SennaMP4

City: 28

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Highway: 34

Why it's eco-awesome: Again, the simple recipe of keeping a car light and giving it a zingy engine works for hatchbacks, too. The 500 Abarth gets great mileage, and is a blast to drive. If you happen to not fit in it, you can always swap it for a Mini.

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3.) Mazda Miata

Suggested By: Buckus

City: 22

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Highway: 28

Why it's eco-awesome: While FuelEconomy.gov doesn't think that a Miata can crest the 30MPG mark, plenty of our readers will attest to their economy. Their appeal as a driver's car certainly is unquestioned.

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2.) Honda CRX

Suggested By: SennaMP4

City: 29

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Highway: 37

Why it's eco-awesome: Designed as super-economy commuter car, Honda's CRX of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s turned out to be amazingly fun to drive. If you pony up the few grand it takes to buy one, you will be cowering under the height of today's mega-SUVs and pickups in a little tin can, but it will be worth it once the road starts to get twisty.

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1.) Volkswagen GTI

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Suggested By: mingoesbueno

City: 21

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Highway: 31

Why it's eco-awesome: If you want a fun, economical new car, go for a GTI. If you want a fun, economical old car, get an old GTI. They are the default choice for anyone who wants to have a nice, engaging car but doesn't want to be paying its price over and over again at the pumps.

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