There is no wonder that the hybrid cars get all the hype in case of fuel-efficiency, as they brag very impressive gas mileage. Indeed the figures of hybrid cars’ fuel-efficiency look good, but the figures on their price tag might not be so pleasing. Fortunately, now there is no need to pay that troublesome premium of a hybrid to get efficient gas mileage, as there are some latest & affordable Non-hybrid cars available in the market, which delivers exceptional gas mileage. 40 miles per gallon is the impressive highway-mileage figure, which is not only being achieved by hybrids and electric vehicles, but also by ordinary Non-hybrid and gasoline-powered cars at relatively low price tags. Non-hybrid cars today can achieve excellent gas mileage thanks to the lighter materials, availability of massive computing power at relatively low prices, and old technologies like turbochargers and direct injection which became more cost effective, more efficient and cleaner. Check out three best fuel-efficient non-hybrid inexpensive cars, which are currently available in the market.
1, Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Fuel economy ratings: 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined
Eco is a mid-range high fuel economy version of the Chevrolet Cruze. It is a 5-seat, 4-door sedan, which holds a reduced vehicle weight by means of smaller fuel tank, lightweight alloy wheels, and deletion of a few features. It is powered with the 1.4 liter, four-cylinder turbocharged Powertrain with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive. The Powertrain is capable of delivering 138 horsepower, and thereby the Eco is estimated to run at up to 60 mph in 10 seconds from a stoppage with the manual transmission, and in 9 seconds with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Improved aerodynamics, low-rolling tires, a double-overdrive six-speed manual transmission and weight reduction are all combined together to deliver maximum & segment-leading EPA fuel economy ratings – 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined (manual transmission). It is also available with an automatic transmission with EPA fuel economy ratings – 26 mpg city/37 mpg highway, but it does not have the double-overdrive gearing and weighs 200 lbs that is more than the manual.
The aerodynamic enhancement is another key strategy. The Chevy Cruze Eco utilizes lower grille air shutters, which support the aerodynamics of the car. It makes use of sensors to know the temperature and wind conditions. Sensors are hooked with electric motors in order to open and close the shutters. At high speeds, close them to reduce drag; and at low speeds, open them to let more air in to cool the engine. This cool system further adds almost a half-mpg of fuel economy.
Further functional add-ons of the Chevy Cruze include ultra low-rolling resistant tires on lightweight alloy wheels, specific front grille closeouts, mid-body aero panels, a lowered front fascia air dam, a lowered suspension and a deck lid spoiler. Additional plus points of the Chevy Cruze include a fairly upscale interior and excellent safety features. The price range of the Chevrolet Cruze Eco is starting from $18,175.
2, Hyundai Elantra
Fuel economy ratings: 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined
The latest Hyundai Elantra is a stylish sedan, which has taken a top spot in Affordable Small Cars ranking of World Reports. It not only features high scores for safety and performance, but also gets high scores for its fuel economy ratings. Hyundai Elantra definitely gets a place in top list of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid cars due to its great standard features, good looks and obviously its excellent fuel economy.
Hyundai Elantra is powered with the all-new 1.8 liter, four-cylinder Powertrain with a standard six-speed manual transmission and optional six-speed automatic transmission. The Powertrain is capable of delivering 131 pound-feet torque and 148 horsepower, and thereby the Elantra is estimated to scoot up to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds from a standstill. The Powertrain of Elantra is good enough to deliver maximum EPA fuel economy ratings – 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. This compact sedan has been offered in two trim levels; the GLS and the upscale Limited.
The latest version of Hyundai Elantra is fully redesigned, which helps to make it more desirable. The improvements include a comfortable interior, striking exterior design, a quality cabin and good amount of storage space. The interior of Elantra is featured with stylized climate controls and a curved center stack that provide a bit of extra elegance, but still easy to use. It sports a large trunk with 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room that is a generous number for sedan segment. Its 60/40 split-folding rear seat is even quite large.
The standard safety features’ list of Elantra includes active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and side curtain airbags for both rows. The best part about the Hyundai Elantra is its price range, which starts from only $14,830. At this lowest base asking price, the Elantra provides a sophisticated journey with myriad perks of looks and creature comfort options.
3, Ford Focus
Fuel economy ratings: 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway, 31 mpg combined
Ford Focus is a most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family car in Europe. Ford Focus was debuted in the automobile market more than a decade ago and since then it has kept a solid track record in most popular car models. The latest & first ever complete redesigned Ford Focus has received much applause due to its excellent handling, impressive fuel economy, European styling, well-outfitted interior, and its extensive list of standard and available features like Ford’s Sync communications and entertainment system.
The latest version of Ford Focus is powered with 2.0 liter, four-cylinder direct injection Powertrain equipped with six-speed manual transmission, which is capable of delivering 160 horsepower. It is even equipped with the optional Super Fuel Economy package that includes Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission and low rolling-resistance tires. With these add-ons, Ford Focus became capable to deliver maximum EPA fuel economy ratings – 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. There are two versions of the Ford Focus: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Both sedan and hatchback variants of Focus are available in 4 unique trim levels: S, SE, SEL and Titanium.
The appearance of Focus is stylish and it looks like a big brother to the Fiesta. While talking about exterior, the latest Focus looks sportier and edgier than the previous Focus models. The latest Focus is even first car in its segment that holds a torque vectoring control to raise automobile stability. It is equipped with five-speed gearbox for the reduction of friction loss, as well as the grille is packed with an integrated shutter to cut aerodynamic drag.
Ford Focus is packed with high-tech and innovative interior features including a keyless push-button engine/entry start, a hands-free semi-automatic parallel parking system, regenerative charging, a rear camera, MyKey feature to program audio controls and speed limit of car and MyFord system to personalize the controls and interface and to download apps. The safety features include ABS, antiskid system and traction control, and curtain-side and front side airbags. The price range of the Ford Focus is starting from $16,500.