10 best Used Cars / SUVs with good fuel economy
Constantly rising gasoline prices and environmental concerns force us to readjust our priorities when it comes to selecting a car or SUV. Power, performance, size - those were the preferences when the gasoline was cheap and we didn't think much about the environment. Times have changed: better fuel economy and lower emissions are important today.
For this list, we picked 10 best late-model used cars and SUVs that have above-average reliability and reasonably good fuel economy.
The Prius is a hybrid car; it has a 1.5L engine combined with an electric motor. Despite its advanced hybrid technology, the Prius is very reliable. Maintenance costs are moderate. The hybrid battery is quite expensive, but they don't fail very often. Despite it's fairly small size, the Prius is roomy with ample headroom and legroom in the front and back even for 6-foot-tall passengers. The EPA fuel economy estimate for 2007 Prius: 48/45 mpg or 4.9/5.2 liters/100 km (city/highway). No other car of this size can beat that.
Unlike the Corolla, Honda Civic offers more sporty handling and ride. Similarly, the Civic won't cost much to maintain. The EPA estimates for 2007 Honda Civic with an automatic transmission:
Toyota Camry (4-cylinder model)
Honda Accord (4-cylinder model)
Sporty sharp looking family sedan, the Accord has a spacious interior, precise handling and firm ride. The Accord's selling points are its excellent low-maintenance 4-cylinder engine, good cargo space, fresh interior design and good reliability records. The EPA estimates for the 2009 Honda Accord automatic: 21/30 mpg or 11.2/7.8 liters/100 km (city/highway)
Honda CR-V (2002 and up)
Subaru Forester (non-turbo model)
The Forester is a solidly built small car-based SUV (although it looks like a tall wagon) with an excellent all-weather handling and smooth ride. The Forester is maneuverable; it has good visibility, capable AWD system, decent towing capability and very good crash-test scores. The EPA estimates for the 2007 4WD automatic non-turbo model: 20/25 mpg or 11.8/9.4 liters/100 km (city/highway)
The mpg numbers are the US mpg, not imperial.
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