Fuel economy is a topic that is on most people’s minds, especially with gas hikes at every corner. Perhaps the 1% who can afford anything, everything, and more, do not really need to spend much time on the subject. However, for the majority who live with a budget, no matter their annual salary, fuel economy resides as a fundamental matter when purchasing a new vehicle. Car manufacturers from all ranks are beginning to acknowledge this fact and have started engineering models that are appealing and fuel-efficient. Many are quick to suggest that sports cars cannot be both, however, speed-gurus like Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche have proven otherwise.
Although the luxury car market is still predominantly made up of gas-guzzling vehicles, there are quite a few hybrids on the rise, some of which can take on the fastest rides while priding themselves over sufficient fuel economy. Sure, they may not be as efficient as a Toyota Prius, but it is a good start, especially in comparison to other cars of similar ranking. So why not save on rocketing gas prices and make a few more ‘green’ decisions, without cutting back too much on speed and thrill? Here are some of the most fuel-efficient luxury cars that are paying attention to the needs of long-term mileage.
10. Ferrari LaFerrari: 16.6 MPG
If you have the money, then Ferrari’s latest exotic sports car, LaFerrari, is ready to give you the horsepower of your dreams. In less than 3 seconds, it can rocket to 62 miles per hour. Boasting a 6.3-litre V12 engine that can generate 789-horsepower and an additional 161-horsepower from an electric motor, the gasoline-electric hybrid is faster than ever before, with the added benefit and impact of reducing fuel consumption. LaFerrari is said to consume its energy at 16.6 miles per gallon. In comparison to its predecessor, the F12, which was gas-guzzling away at 13.8 miles per gallon, this is a magnificent sneak peek of the potential possibilities to come.
9. Nissan 370Z: 19/26 MPG
With the option to drive this sports car as a two-seater coupe or convertible, the Z series remains true to its objective of aggressive performance at sensible value. Coming jam packed with a 332-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, the fiery Nissan 370Z will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, and has a reasonable fuel economy at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
8. Lotus Evora S: 19/28 MPG
The Lotus Evora S is beautifully designed and highly appealing, not to mention the amount of power it packs with a 3.5-litre V6 engine that can produce 276-horsepower. In a zippy 4.5 seconds flat, the Evora S can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour. With decent fuel economy, it expends approximately 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Meanwhile, combined with the possible six-speed automatic transmission, the base Lotus Evora has a fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city and the same 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
7. Ford Mustang: 19/31 MPG
A classic car with legendary status that will never get dull. Boasting some of the finest horsepower an engine can generate, the Mustang leaves quite a memorable experience and impression on drivers. The sexy muscle car has a colossally powerful, yet smooth, rear-wheel drive. The standard V6 engine packs a mean punch with 305-horsepower and acceleration to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds. While the coupe rendition expends an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the convertible consumes the same 19 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Sporting a not-too-shabby fuel economy in return for all that power, speed, and thrill, the Mustang still makes the cut for being one of the most fuel-efficient cars.
6. Porsche 911 Carrera S: 20/27 MPG
The latest model of the 911 Carrera S carries on the first-rate practices and traditions that Porsche has embodied for years. They have successfully proved that it is possible to combine sensible fuel consumption with outstanding performance. This beauty is packed with a 400-horsepower 3.8-litre flat-six engine, hitting 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, expending 20 miles per gallon in the city or 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
For a lesser cost and similar fuel economy, the base 911 expends 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. It can produce 350-horsepower from its 3.4-litre flat-six engine, sprinting from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.
5. Mercedes-Benz SLK350: 20/28 MPG
This luxury hardtop roadster possesses an astonishing combination of efficient fuel consumption and high speed, without having to cut back so much on the good stuff. It is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine and six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, producing a roaring 302-horsepower that will fire this baby off to 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds. With an acceptable and reasonable fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, the SLK350 can take you places fast without cutting too deep into your wallet.
4. Audi TT: 23/31 MPG
The base TT has a lot to offer, from its classic and iconic design to an unpretentious 211-horsepower, as well as an impactful expenditure of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.0-litre twin turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission can hit 60 miles per hour in a bustling 5.3 seconds. There are few sports cars in the market that can match this beauty’s slick looks, while offering a diesel engine as an alternative to petrol so drivers do not need to choose between fuel economy and performance.
3. BMW 3-Series 328d: 32/45 MPG
This stunning 3-series squashes any questions or uncertainty that diesel-powered vehicles have to settle for less in order to save a buck or two. While it may come as a shocker to many, the 328d indeed fulfills its commitment to efficient fuel economy, consuming at a rate of 32 miles per gallon in the city or 45 miles per gallon on the highway. With a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo diesel engine, this BMW can charge out 180-horsepower easy and smooth. In 7.4 seconds, it will get you from zero to 60 miles per hour. Even more surprising, one tank of fuel can take this luxury sedan over 600 miles, getting you to and from your destination(s) without the hassles of refuelling. With the BMW 328d, you can look forward to driving and saving money.
2. Porsche 918 Spyder: 85 MPG
The Germans are well-known for their excellence, meticulous manufacturing skills, consistent quality, and powerful presence in the automobile industry. The 918 Spyder is a tantalizing work of art that can produce a total of 887-horsepower, generated by a 4.6-litre V8 engine and two electric motors, making this a beastly cross between an electric and gasoline car. In a swift 2.5 seconds, this powerhouse can even jet set to 62 miles per hour. The Porsche 918 Spyder is all about luxurious high-performance while paying its respects to emissions with a fuel economy of 85 miles per gallon.
1. Tesla Model S: 88/90 MPGe
Recognized as the world’s first premium electric sedan, the Model S leaves zero emissions, can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in a mere 4.4 seconds, and has a driving range of up to 264 miles before needing a recharge. This beauty sets a new standard for high-performance, luxury, and an exciting experience. Seductively designed and cleverly engineered, the Model S combines the capacities of a sports car and a high quality sedan, effectively responding to your every command with ease. Equipped with an 85 kilowatt-hour battery, this beast has 416-horsepower, and can run on 88 miles per gallon equivalent in the city or 90 miles per gallon equivalent on the highway.