Fuel Efficient Vehicles

People looking for oversized pickups, ridiculously large Russian Army trucks, even jet powered speedsters have it easy. But what about people who have some understanding of the Hubbert peak and don’t want SUVs? 50+ MPG cars have been available in Japan for 30 years now, and can be bought used in Canada for under$5000. But US law forbids importing them to the US! Heck, the Smart, the super-efficient line from DaimlerChrysler, has been available in Europe (and now Canada) for about ten years now, but it too can only be imported with a lot of restrictions. Don’t talk to me about Priuses, either. They’re selling on ebay for almost $30,000.

Face it, there just aren’t any affordable fuel efficient vehicles in the US.

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10 thoughts on “Fuel Efficient Vehicles

  1. I’ve been driving 20-year-old vans or motorhomes for years. Am currently driving an ’84 Nisson RV, but am going to need something with better mileage. Can’t afford to gas-up. On a fixed income, just barely surviving. Need a good use K-car – if only they were allowed in the U.S.

  2. I’ve been driving 20-year-old vans or motorhomes for years. Am currently driving an ’84 Nisson RV, but am going to need something with better mileage. Can’t afford to gas-up. On a fixed income, just barely surviving. Need a good used K-car – if only they were allowed in the U.S.

  3. No fuel efficient cars? VW has been selling the Golf, Jetta and Beetle TDI (turbodiesel) cars in the US for years. My 2001 Golf TDI gets real-world 48mpg and has 300K miles on it so far. Still runs like new. Find one, buy it, drive it, and stop complaining about no fuel efficient cars.

  4. My 93 Geo Metro is my 50mpg (and it really does get 50 MPG routinely even with mostly city miles)sweet heart.The A/C works and the car is very reliable. You have to look for one, but even if the engine burns oil, you buy a Japanese Engine for it for %$400 if you install, or have it done for 1200 like I did (with a 6 month/6000 mile warranty). Best investment in a car I’ve ever made.I save the same money I bought it for (1500 US annually in gas).

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  8. wow, no fuel efficient cars huh? Is 50+ mpg not efficient enough for you. There were plenty of 4 cyl and 3 cyl cars in the early 90’s that got this. you can buy these cars for less than 4K with ~ 100K miles on them and get great mileage. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT?

  9. I think what everyone is saying is that they aren’t wide spread. If you ever go to europe you’ll find a multitude of options of manual 4cyl diesel cars. So far we have the geo metro and the vw tdi’s…….anyone have any other cars that come near to these TWO OPTIONS?

  10. Most domestic 4cly cars fail to get decent millage,changing from a 05 sunfire to a 03 impala saved at least 20% in fuel,yes its only 34mpg but you will save 10k when you consider purchase of a similar condition VW,this means you will only start to see a savings after driving your VW 300 000 miles

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