If you’re in the market for a new car and you want something that gets great gas mileage but you’re not really keen on getting a hybrid vehicle there are still a lot of cars on the road that get great mileage but aren’t hybrids. Some offer 40+ miles per gallon stats on the highway and close to that city, which isn’t bad at all if you think about it. They may not match hybrids in city driving but they won’t suck down the gas like many other models. Here are four of the best.
The Volkswagen Passat TDI is at the top of the heap when it comes to traditional cars that still get great mpg. It comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharges engine, just as the Jetta, Golf and Audi A3 do and uses less diesel that most of its counterparts. If you do a lot of highway miles the strong low down torque, excellent fuel economy and super quiet engine will make you very happy. It’s also not unusual for a diesel to get better mileage than the EPA estimate so cross your fingers.
The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is the highest rated of the non-diesel cars and gets 42 mpg. Many owners report that they’re averaging 41 mpg in total (highway and city) while the actual EPA number says only 33 mpg. The fact is, with its downsized engine and aerodynamic body the Cruze proves that the Volt isn’t the only car in Chevy’s fleet that is highly fuel efficient.
The Honda Civic HF barely missed beating the Chevy Cruze by only 1 mpg and matches the Cruze as far as combined ratings are concerned. Just like the Cruze the Civic is beating the EPA numbers. The HF is a little bit less refined than the Civic Hybrid but has had tweaks to its 1.8 liter engine and some aerodynamic alterations as well that let it slip cleanly through the air. It also has low rolling resistance tires and is a great alterative to Honda’s Civic Hybrid.
The new kid on the block Dodge Dart Aero just inched its way into the 40 mpg club on the highway with a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine. This model has the engine that is used in Chrysler partner Fiat’s Alpha Romeo and uses Fiat’s MultiAir Technology as well to get the best air to fuel mixture and the best economy and performance.
As far as miles per gallon is concerned you can’t do much better than these 4 excellent choices. They may not be hybrids but, for the money, they are possibly a better deal in the long run as they will cost much less than their hybrid counterparts (if they have them) and will use the least amount of gas to get the job done.