Everyone seems to be talking about hybrid cars these days, like they are the only vehicles on the road that can sip fuel. The fact is that there are some cars that don’t carry a battery pack and electric motor strapped to the powertrain, yet they still can achieve amazing fuel economy.
Not owning a hybrid yet getting similar fuel economy is the best of both worlds. You don’t have to worry about having to purchase a new battery several years down the road, endure the strange sensation of regenerative brakes that are so common on hybrid models, or pay the extra expense of the hybrid powertrain. Purchasing any of the following seven non-hybrid vehicles will help you visit the gas station less frequently, unless you have a serious craving for leathery hot dogs.
1. Hyundai Elantra
Official EPA fuel economy estimates: 28/38/32 (city/highway/combined). Just because you want to save on fuel without buying into a hybrid car doesn’t mean you have to suffer with uncomfortable seats and amenities like air conditioning and power windows costing extra. Hyundai designed the Elantra to bring premium comforts to the masses. Buyers can add options like leather upholstery and heated front seats, plus a rearview camera and an advanced navigation system, which are features you would expect in a luxury sedan. The interior also comes with an individual flair, including highly stylized controls, while the driving experience is smooth and sophisticated.