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2011 Volvo C30 Fuel Economy

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Purely on the basis of carrying passengers or cargo, the 2011 Volvo C30 isn't a very green choice. With fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city and 29 or 30 highway—figures that would seem about right for a mid-size, V-6 sedan—it's hardly impressive.

If it's any consolation, our editors have seen figures well within that range, even in enthusiastic driving; in one drive of the C30 in a particularly cold winter snap, we saw 23 mpg overall.

Also, if you consider that the C30 is up against sportier hatchback models, not the mainstream ones, it begins to fit in a bit better—with its thirst about the same as the Mazda3 with the larger 2.5-liter engine.

While the 2011 Volvo C30's numbers aren't bad, they're unimpressive after you size this little hatchback up.

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