Getting 29 MPG highway out of a car like the 2014 Corvette is a telling sign of how far we've come, and how efficiency and fun don't need to be mutually exclusive. Even if they're sort of cheating to get there, it's all worth it to be able to say "Why did I get a Corvette over a Matrix? Because fuel economy is important to me."
Imagine the joys to be had of looking disdainfully down (well, probably up, from a 'Vette seat) at the driver of a Mercedes S400 Hybrid and sneer "I'm glad some of us care about the environment," and then burning rubber from the stoplight.
And if you need any further proof that we're living in a magical age, check out this comparison of 'Vettes past:
And, I know that's not a 1985 Chevette pictured. It's a '78, but I liked it better.