To say that fuel economy is starting to catch the modern consumer’s eye when purchasing a car is an understatement – after all, fuel economy tends to be the be all and end all for many a conscientious and pragmatic consumer. And for good reason.
Fuel economy is a crucial aspect in today’s automobiles due to four things: one, fuel economy as it implies will cost you less in fuel costs over the long run. Two, this economy will then lead to you reducing your carbon footprint – and lessen your emissions that contribute to climate change. Three, as hybrids and electronic cars become more popular, the economy becomes less dependent on the oil market. And last, but definitely not the least, is that it is eco-sustainable in the sense that fuel-efficient cars open up possibilities to make our cars become sustainable; that is, totally independent from oil price gouging and at the same time doing its part in combating climate change.
That being said, we’ve come up with a list of five efficient cars for your perusal – if you’re interested in replacing that old clunker, here are some outstanding choices you can use.
1. Toyota Prius
The latest Toyota Prius has improved by leaps and bounds compared to its previous generation. Its ride is much improved, and its handling is notches better than it used to be. In fact, its handling can be safely said to be superb. It can go totally electric, or it can go otherwise – it’s not a perfect hybrid yet, by any means, but it is by far the best one in the market today….you’d be hard-pressed to find a hybrid car as good as the Prius today. Although the competition will be very extremely tight in the coming years. That being said, the Prius is perfect for stop and go city driving, and its fuel efficiency is remarkable (43 miles per gallon in the city, 59 miles per gallon on highways!) – everybody will be looking forward to its development.
2. Chevrolet Malibu
The foremost attractions of redesigned Malibu from Chevrolet are its modern powertrains and sleek style. Plus, its price point is very attractive. Furthermore, you can expect great handling and a comfortable ride with the Malibu, apart from being offered with a hybrid model – which already complements its fuel-efficient non-hybrid brother. The hybrid averages 41 miles per gallon, which is no small feat for a car that is literally an Impala in size.
3. Lexus CT 200h
Lexus CT 200h is a small hatchback perfect for compact fans, and is known for its fantastic fuel economy. Not just that, its ride is just as good while noise levels are reduced with this model. Not bad for the undoubtedly luxury hatchback of hybrid cars….built to the unrelenting standards of quality from Lexus.
4. Ford Fusion
Not to be outdone by Chevrolet, Ford came up with its own sedan that comes in hybrid format as well – the Ford Fusion. It resembles the European sports sedan in all its decidedly American glory, and boasts a supple ride and responsive, nimble handling. Apart from this, the Ford Fusion is peppered with all the bells and whistles of a truly “smart” car, and meets the safety standards of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
5. Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata is recognized by its excellent rear-seat room, an easy access a comfortable riding support and a quiet cabin. The overall handling of this car is responsive and sound. The foremost safety features of this car are blind spot detection and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking system – not a bad offer at all from the undisputed leader of the Korean automobile sector.