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5 Fuel Efficient Small Cars of 2011

Posted by Anna Finger On April - 25 - 2011
Toyota Prius

Steadily rising gas prices and tough economic times have many consumers looking towards smaller, fuel efficient cars. The following cars are a sampling of some of the current offerings from manufacturers as they strive to meet the ever evolving desires of consumers. There are many more great models to explore but the following can serve as a starting point for research.

2011 Toyota Prius
MPG: 51 Highway / 48 City
While many manufacturers are just now getting their own hybrids launched or have yet to; the Toyota Prius is on its third generation of releases. The Toyota Prius is the most popular small car thanks to its moderate starting price, exceptional handling, power under the hood, and fuel economy. The Prius is not looking to revolutionize any particular style or reinvent the wheel. Rather, Toyota is building on an already solid foundation by honing and improving the Prius with each new release in a given generation.

2011 Honda Insight
MPG: 43 Highway / 40 City
The second-generation Honda Insight was initially anticipated to help unseat the Toyota Prius as the leader of small car sales. Though it was not able to horn its way into more of that market share, it still is an excellent vehicle. It offers quality control and performance all with a moderate starting price.

2011 Mini Cooper
MPG: 37 Highway / 29 City
Many manufacturers are looking to embrace where they came from by offering models based off of retro designs. The Mini Cooper stands on its own as a fairly consistent style. It offers great performance, handling, and power in its most basic configuration. Consumers looking for some extra options will not be disappointed with what is offered.

2011 Mazda Mazda2
MPG: 35 Highway / 29 City
The Mazda Mazda2 offers a fun ride to the driver with exceptional handling and response not usually seen in small cars. Though it is strong on those points, it suffers from a lack of power under the hood. It just does not seem to have the same pickup and go that other small cars do.

2011 Kia Rio
MPG: 34 Highway / 28 City
The Kia Rio is a creation of efficiency to do the job that needs to be done. It is not an automobile one would look at for bells and whistles. A consumer shopping for an industrious, efficient vehicle in an affordable range that does not want a used car would do well to look at the Kia Rio.

Lean Green Machines

Posted by Anna Finger On October - 11 - 2010
Going Green To Save Money

What is your least favorite item to spend money on? Doctor visits? Broken water heaters? Your child’s braces? For many people it is something much more recurrent in our banking statements every month. Fuel for our vehicles. While it is a pain in the collective side of everyone who owns a vehicle, the use of gasoline and diesel are part of our everyday lives. While many advances have been made in the area of fuel alternatives in vehicles such as solar power and electric cars, availability is limited in many areas of the country. In addition, prices for these types of vehicles are still too high when compared to regular car prices.

Thankfully, many car manufacturers are continually striving to make more fuel efficient cars. The Toyota Prius is one of the leaders in fuel efficient cars on the market today. The Prius gets a staggering 51 miles per gallon on the highway with an impressive 48 mpg in the city. This compact car retails for about $21,000, a real bargain considering how much owners will save on fuel during the years that they own it. The Honda Insight has some of the same features and similar body style as the Prius but does not measure up quite as well in total fuel economy. The Insight still gets a respectable 40 mpg in the city and 43 during highway driving and is slightly less expensive at about $20,000. Another Honda with tremendous fuel economy for the money is the 2011 Honda Civic. This sporty car often attracts younger consumers but can be a perfect fit for anyone wanting a stylish, fuel conscious car. The Civic gets the same gas mileage as the Honda Insight at 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg highway. MSRP for the Civic is slightly higher, however, at $23,950.

For consumers who want great fuel economy and all the style and luxury that a car can offer the 2011 Audi A3 may be the perfect fit. While the higher price tag of $30,000 may scare some consumers off and the 30 mpg during city driving is not outstanding when compared to the other cars detailed above, the features and 43mpg highway are great selling points. There are many other cars for sale today that are fuel efficient, these are just some of the leaders in the field of gas sipping, money saving compact cars. One thing is for sure, what these cars lack in horsepower, they make up for with green power!

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