With the gas prices always on the rise it takes some research to decide as to which is the best buy that would cost less owning it for the next five years while the fuel price is on the rise. A recent survey puts the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular at $2.77 in the Washington suburbs and $3.21 a gallon or so in San Francisco.
If maximum gas mileage is your priority consider owning one of the the following cars:
- The Toyota Prius: The Toyota Prius is the car that people flock to every time there is a gas-price hike. If the Toyota Prius is famed for getting you 50 mpg around town it can fare much better on the highway. The Toyota Prius starts at $22,800
- The VW Golf/Jetta Diesel: Besides the 42 mpg in Golf form, the VW brothers come with an upscale interior, good handling and refined manners. Both run clean on diesel and lack the complexity of a hybrid. The Golf starts at $22,354 and the redesigned Jetta is attractive and affordable too with as the fuel
- The 2011 Ford Fiesta: The 2011 Ford Fiesta is a stylish little car that gives you up to 40 miles per gallon of gas. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is based on a European model that offers acceleration in line with the competition and starts at $13,320
- The 2011 Chevy Cruze: The 2011 Chevy Cruze is a bigger car than the Fiesta with a mid size.The 2011 Chevy Cruze has more refined interior than that was in the model the Cruze replaces, the Cobalt. The 2011 Chevy Cruze is a stylish and high-economy model starting at $16,995 and drives up to 40 mpg. It can carry four and the trunk space is relatively huge for its size
- The Hyundai Sonata: The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most stylish cars listed here and sips gas only at the rate of 39 mpg on the high end. The Hyundai Sonata has finish and material in line with its price range and plus some more. The Hyundai Sonata can carry four passengers and starts at $19,195
- The Kia Forte: The Kia Forte is a four-door sedan. Sleek and stylish with a top EPA rating of 36 mpg. The Kia Forte is really another hit from the house of Hyundai and starts at $16,995
- The Honda Fit: The Honda Fit is a traditional top gas-saving car at 33-35 miles per gallon of gas. The Honda Fit has a high build quality and reliability with good storage space and fun-to-drive traits. It starts at $14,990. The new Honda CR-Z hybrid can deliver up to 38 mpg
- The Nissan Versa: The Nissan Versa is another small car with mid size room and costs just over $10K.The Nissan Versa gives you up to 34 mpg
Other gas sipping cars to consider:
- The Mazda 2: Early reviews of the Mazda have been favorable but the car is a bit shy on equipment
- The European-based Ford Focus: Car magazine calls this European Focus practical, solid and smooth
Own one of these gas sippers and you can stop looking for the nearest gas station.