Everyone who drives a gasoline-powered car knows the pain at the pump when gasoline prices soar. But not everyone wants to or is able to purchase a hybrid car or pure electric vehicle for their family transportation purposes. The good news is that there are an increasing number of fuel-efficient gasoline-powered cars, as well as diesel-powered vehicles, that achieve 30 mpg in city, highway, or combined fuel economy, as estimated by the EPA.
Here are the top seven most fuel-efficient non-hybrid 2011 cars:
Audi A3 2.0 TDI
The diesel-powered 2011 Audi A3 small station wagon, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine with TDI and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway (34 mpg combined). The five-passenger front-wheel drive A3 2.0 TDI generates 140 horsepower. See the 2011 Audi A3 in The Car Connection.
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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel
The compact Volkswagen Jetta gets equally high fuel economy of 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway (34 mpg combined) as the Audi A3 2.0 TDI. That's not surprising since VW and Audi share the same TDI engine. In the Jetta, the TDI Clean Diesel is the most expensive model, with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,995.