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Fuel efficient vehicles with the cool factor

With the price of gas what it is lately it’s time to purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle when you purchase something new or used.

For the moment petrol is a necessary evil, however there are many makes and models geared toward prolonging every drop. If you are looking for a fuel efficient vehicle, you’ve started in the right place!

Overall Most Fuel Efficient

Toyota Prius
It comes as no surprise that the Toyota Prius is the most fuel efficient car on the road today according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Toyota took ground breaking strides in development of this model which was the first mass produced hybrid on the market. it was introduced in Japan in 1997 and later in North America in 2001.

Since this time the Pruis has been the recipient of many awards not only in Japan and North America but in Europe as well. If you are looking for an option that employs efficient hybrid technology this is a fantastic option.

Efficient Two Seater

The Mazda MX-5, better known as the Miata is a fuel efficient option that relies on its small stature to keep it fuel efficient.

It was designed as a lightweight roadster, uncomplicated and modern. The MX-5 is one of the best selling sports cars in the world, popular in Europe and Asia for it’s maneuverable size; popular in America for it’s sporty look, and you guessed it, its fantastic gas mileage.

Introduced in 1989 the Miata has gone through three generations of changes, the main factor upon reintroduction was more power under the hood.

Even so, the MX-5 remains a very fuel efficient vehicle overall.

Minicompact Efficiency

Mini Cooper
Any article about efficient vehicles would not be complete without a word about the Mini Cooper.

This car seems to shine in many avenues of car ownership, not only does it hold its value well, but it is also the most efficient minicompact vehicles on the market today.

Launched in 2001, this make has enjoyed popularity from its inception in large part due to the popularity of the original Mini produced from 1959-2000. Second only to the Model T this car has been named the most influential car of the twentieth century.

Well loved and easy on the gas mileage is a winning combo indeed.

Most Efficient Compact

Chances are this is the category that most perspective car buyers will be looking at in the high gas priced years to come.

Without having to sacrifice too much size, the compact vehicles offer style and good mileage.

An old favorite even before prices went up at the pump is the Honda Civic, even more so now that Honda offers the Civic as a hybrid.

Honda is continuously working to improve horsepower without loosing any of the environment-saving benefits of this hybrid. This model is not only wallet friendly where gas prices are concerned, it’s easy on the wallet period.

Large Car Efficiency

We all know that the bigger the vehicle the worse the gas mileage, truly there is no way around that as of yet.

However there is an option that stands above the rest and it is the Hyundai Sonata. Newly reinvented the Sonata has been taking North America by storm.

The fourth generation was introduced in 2005 and has continued to be a popular model giving the Honda Accord a run for its money.

Sadly it doesn’t have a hybrid option yet, however the U.S. Department of Energy named it the most efficient large car they researched.

Here you find a good cross section of fuel efficient vehicles. The trend towards hybrids has just begun and without a doubt it will continue to propel the auto industry to produce higher quality options.

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