What’s the fun in ripping around on your favorite backroads if you have to fill up every at every pee break? These are the 10 most fuel efficient fun cars.
10.) Mini Cooper JCW
Though it might not be the toughest-looking fun car around, the new Mini John Cooper Works edition is about as approachable and user-friendly as it gets for modern and fun daily drivers. Just try not to look too closely at the price tag. But at least at 22 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, it won’t be one to keep you stranded at the pumps.
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9.) Porsche Boxster
If Porsche’s entry-level roadster can see 32 MPG highway and 22 MPG city with the PDK gearbox this year, call me crazy but I’m even more excited to see what they can achieve with their future four-cylinder models.
8.) Fiat 500 Abarth
From the factory the Fiat 500 Abarth is delivered to you as a boost-happy, hilariously farty sounding little Italian devil. Specifically, a little Italian devil that delivers an estimated 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.
7.) Honda CRX HF
The Honda CRXes have some of the best fun to dollar ratios on the Craigslist market. And whether you opt for a sporty Si model or the ‘High Fuel economy’ model, it’s likely that you’ll still be seeing MPG numbers of over 30 MPG. Or if you’re crazy enough, 118 MPG.
6.) Morgan 3-Wheeler
There is nothing else on the road like the Morgan 3-Wheeler. No motorcycle, car, Polaris Slingshot, trike, bicycle or anything can offer a similar experience to what’s delivered behind the wheel of the Morgan. And I bet you didn’t know that it can achieve nearly 40MPG.
When Autocar had it, they were still seeing the nearly 20 MPG when on track and almost 30 MPG when thrashing it on their favorite roads. Not bad!
5.) Mazda Miata
Yes my friends, it is true! The car that represents everything that a sports car is and should be also gets very decent fuel mileage. It gets 27 MPG city and 34 MPG highway. What more do you need in a car? A backseat? Pfffffffft.
4.) BMW 228i
Did you know BMW’s best new enthusiast car on sale right now also happens to be one of the most fuel friendly? It gets 23 MPG city and 36 MPG! Maybe this whole “turbocharged” thing isn’t so bad after all!
3.) Chevrolet Corvette
If you can manage to “take it easy” and pay attention to the gear-shift lock out in your C7 Corvette, you could be seeing numbers like 29 MPG or better. Some owners regularly do way better than that. So yeah, I would start looking into trade in offers for that Prius if I were you.
2.) Porsche 918 Spyder
Though the 918 is primarily powered by a seemingly “old-fashioned” 4.6-liter V8 engine, it also has two additional electric motors that when combined are able to produce an insane 887 horsepower.
But who cares about power, right? The 918 can get 78 MPG when not being driven maniacally. Let me repeat that. 78 MPG in a car with 887 HP. What a world.
1.) BMW i8
The BMW i8 is one of the best examples of the auto industry looking toward a better tomorrow. With tech like a superb aerodynamic design, small forced-induction engines with additional electric power, a carbon fiber structure and an extensive use of recycled materials, it truly is a machine of the future. And the future gets 112 MPG when in ‘ECO PRO’ mode. Nice.
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