Are Fuel Efficient Cars Unmanly?

In the past Men weren’t too concerned with their appearance, but that’s changed in recent years. These days the clothing industry for men is thriving and so is the men’s personal grooming industry – thanks to the resurgence in popularity of beards. Sites like gq.com and manlymatters.net fully exploit the new hype, and as an added bonus Manly Matters even has up to date information on beard oils.

With this return in popularity of beards and masculine looking men you have to wonder how this will affect the popularity of fuel efficient cars. After all real men like cars that are loud and powerful and they’re not too worried about fuel efficiency right? We don’t think so. Real men want to save money and help the environment as well and in this article we’re going to look at the top 5 used cars that a manly man can buy today. It turns out you can reduce your carbon footprint while still loudly proclaiming your masculinity.

2006 – 2011 Honda Civic

One of the most popular cars of the last 25 years is the Honda Civic – there’s a reason that these cars are so popular with car thieves and that’s because they’re in high demand. No one wants to have their vehicle stolen of course, but there’s a good chance you do share their attraction to these popular little cars because of their reliability and fuel economy. How does this version of the Honda Civic actually do when it comes to fuel economy? It offers 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway – not bad for a car built before most of the tough environmental standards we’re used to.

2008 – 2011 Ford Focus

For those that prefer the North American cars you’re not out of luck when it comes to fuel efficient older vehicles. The 2008 – 2011 Ford Focus happens to be one of the most fuel efficient older vehicles on the road. These compact and affordable cars are popular in many countries and are considered to be one of the most reliable compact North American cars ever produced. This particular model can typically achieve 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway putting it neck and neck with the Honda Civic.

2003 – 2008 Toyota Corolla

In the early 1970’s Toyota took the world by storm. Until that time the best cars were manufactured in North America or Germany, but that all changed when Toyota introduced their compact cars to the world. One of their most popular models ever is the Corolla and the 2003 through 2008 versions also happen to be some of the most fuel efficient used cars on the market. In fact, this car typically outperforms most of its competitors. It can achieve an impressive 29 mpg in the city and as much as 40 mpg on the highway. If you’re looking to save money and reduce your carbon footprint this is a great choice.

2000 – 2006 Volkswagen Golf

The term German engineering is synonymous with performance and reliability so it’s no surprise to find a German manufactured car in our list. The 2000 through 2006 Volkswagen Golf has a great reputation when it comes to fuel economy and that has helped to make it a popular choice over the years. This may not be the most fuel efficient car on this competitive list with specs of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, but it still far outperforms most used cars out there. It doesn’t hurt that these cars are also known for their longevity.

2004 – 2009 Toyota Prius

The last car in our top five list also happens to be the second car produced by Toyota in this article solidifying their reputation for reliable and economical cars. This time we’re talking about Toyota Priuses made between 2004 and 2009. This vehicle also holds the distinction of being the world’s first mass produced hybrid electric vehicle and that makes it the best environmentally friendly option on this list as well. To top it all off, it’s the most fuel efficient used vehicle on this list as well giving the driver up to 45 mpg on the high way and a whopping 48 to 60 mpg in the city! The amount of money you’ll save while driving this car will make you forget any manliness issues.