With the amount of green sports or sporty cars available on the market, just how bad is the fuel efficiency of old fashioned gas powered ones?
Going to fueleconomy.gov website provides a look at the most fuel efficient cars in a particular class. In this article, we will compare the top fuel efficient sports cars to The Car Connection’s Bottom Lines performance notes.
1) The 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet with the 2.0L and CVT earns the top spot with 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Lacking Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system helps reduce weight and parasitic drive train loss. While delivering the best fuel economy, the Bottom Line says that the car has decent performance, but a dislikes entry says it all: “It’s no sports car.”
2) The 2010 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster both get 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway when equipped with the 2.0L and the six-speed automatic. Honestly, these cars are similar so they get to share the number two spot. The Bottom Line states, “It's nimbler at handling than before, and the TT has the feel of a speedster-it's low to the ground and corners with flat but eager determination.”
3) The 2010 Porsche Cayman and Boxster, and their S counter parts, manage 20 mpg city, 29 mpg higway when equipped with the PDK seven-speed. Like the TTs, these two cars share a platform so they too will be bunched together here. While not being the most practical, the Boxster and Cayman get praised for their performance attributes in the Bottom Lines.
4) The 2010 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky get 19 mpg city and 29 mpg higway when equipped with the five-speed manual and 2.0L turbo. With the demise of both Saturn and Pontiac, these two platform-sharing roadsters might be hard to find. The Solstice’s Bottom Line says, “Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.”
5) The 2010 Mazda MX-5 occupies the number five slot. The best mileage comes from the base five speed model with 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway Both the six-speed manual and automatic get 21 mpg city. The Bottom Line states, “If you want that classic roadster feel—and to feel like you’re going fast without having to break triple digits—the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers it with surprising frugality and practicality.”