Sometimes good things really do come in small packages – when it comes to the best fuel sipping pocket rockets. While they’re certainly not high-performance sports cars, these wheels will do a lot more than just get you from here to there. Put a little zip in your commute with these wheels that all get great EPA-estimated fuel economy. Two just happen to be convertibles. How fun is that?
Our choices for Best Fuel Sipping Pocket Rockets include the following:
- Volkswagen Golf TDI – The sixth-generation, all-new-for 2010 compact Golf TDI from Volkswagen boasts a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that produces 140 horsepower but pounds out 236 pound-feet of torque with 6-speed transmission. That’s enough to rate an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway. Auto Review Examiner says, “The Golf TDI was noticeably crisp, the sport suspension behaving, well, sportingly…What we liked about the Golf TDI, however, was how it would grunt its way out of slow speed corners with its abundant torque.”
- Audi A5 Cabriolet – In its third year, the subcompact coupe now receives a Cabriolet variant, also with available Audi Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD). Powered by a base 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (the 2.0T) and continuously variable transmission (CVT), A5 Cabriolet is rated at 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated class-leading fuel economy is 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway. With a starting MSRP of $42,000, Audi A5 isn’t the cheapest or fastest rocket on the block, but it does deliver smooth and economical performance. Edmunds comments: “Overall, the 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet has a lot more in common with the A4 cabriolet than the A5 coupe. At speed, you notice the more relaxed gait. It’s less eager to turn in than the coupe, and it responds best to smooth, laid back inputs.”
- Mazda MX-5 Miata – Quick, great on gas, reliable, and fun to drive, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars for 2010. With a base price starting at $23,710, the two-seat roadster is a steal. MX-5 Miata is powered by a 167-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 140 pound-feet of torque, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Car and Driver remarks: “Sell everything and buy a Miata. The most popular sports car in history is still lovable, and it embodies what a traditional roadster should be: light, tossable, and a continuous joy.” MX-5 Miata is also a Consumer Reports Top Recommendation, Consumer Guide Best Buy, and U.S. News and World Report Best Sports Car for the Money.
Still want other choices for Best Fuel Sipping Pocket Rockets? Consider Honda Fit (28 mpg city/35 mpg highway with 117-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine), and Hyundai Elantra Blue (26/35 mpg with 138-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder), (27/36 mpg with 156-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder), and Mini Cooper (28/37 mpg with 118-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder).