15 Sports Cars That Sip Gas
Published June 30, 2018
Bet you’ve never heard of a high-performance economy car, before, have you? In fact, you probably think they don’t exist, but they do! Take the base Porsche Carrera. It zips from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds, and it has a top end in the 140s while returning 28 mpg on the highway. And, then there’s the Alfa 4C. The sleek coupe turns in 28 mpg, combined while clocking under six seconds from 0 to 60.
By now, you are probably wondering whether there are other similar vehicles on the market, right. The editors at Forbes wondered about the same thing. They put their collective heads together, looked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mileage ratings and found the Fast and Frugilous 15, high-performance economy cars. The cars are fast, yet frugal and relatively reasonably priced.
Alfa Romeo 4C
With combined mileage of 28 mpg, the 4C sips gas compared to a full-blown supercar like the Lamborghini Aventador, which achieves only 12 mpg combined. Of course, the Aventador does the 0 to 60 run in 3.1 seconds while the 4C is almost leisurely, in comparison, at 5.3 seconds. The MSRP on the 4C is $53,900.
The S5 does 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds while achieving 21 mpg, combined. The MSRP is $53,100.
The radically rounded TTS moves from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds while achieving 25 mpg, combined. The MSRP is $51,900.
More expensive at $88,700, the BMW 650i averages a 5.2-second 0 to 60 time. Its fuel economy is 20 mpg, combined.
Not too surprisingly, the M4, a performance-oriented BMW, delivers a 4.4-second 0 to 60 run. Priced at $65,400, the M4 delivers 20 mpg combined.
Available in two models, the Z4 performs reasonably. The base model, Z4 sDrive35i, delivers 20 mpg overall while moving from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds. Its suggested retail is $57,500. The more expensive model, Z4 sDrive35is is quicker by half-a-second (5.3) from 0 to 60. The mileage is the same. Its suggested retail price is $66,350.
America’s first sports car, the Corvette, which debuted over 60 years ago, slips through a 0 to 60 run at 4.2 seconds. The V-8-powered Chevy gets surprisingly good mileage at 21 mpg, combined. Its price is $55,400.
Available in turbocharged and non-turbocharged versions, the Mustang is quite a good performer. The EcoBoost – turbocharged – version goes from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds, while the normally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 delivers 5.7-second 0 to 60 performance. Fuel economy for the Ecoboost is 25 mpg, combined, while the V-6 delivers 22 mpg, combined. The suggested retail list for the Ecoboost is $23,681 while the V-6 model has a list of $23,895.
There are two pricing levels Base F-Type and F-Type S. The Base goes from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. The S does the run in 4.8 seconds. The combined mileage for the Base is 23 mpg while the S has a combined average of 22 mpg. The suggested retail price for the Base is $65,500; the S has a price of $77,300.
With a 0 to 60 time of 5.8 seconds, the RC is quite a capable performer. Even though it can move out briskly, the RC still returns a combined mileage figure of 22 mpg. The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price is $42,780.
With three entries in this line, the SLK-Class is worthy competition for itself. The SLK 300 boasts a combined average mileage of 28 mpg and a 0 to 60 time of 5.8 seconds. Its suggested price is $47,000. The SLK 350 moves from 0 to 60 smartly in 5.5 seconds with a combined fuel economy rating of 24 mpg. Its suggested list is $59,200. Finally, the AMG SLK55, the performance alternative boasts combined mileage of 22 mpg.m The combined rating is excellent when you consider its 0 to 60 speed is 4.4 seconds. Its suggested list is $67,518.
Another line offering three entries, the base level Porsche 911 Carrera has a combined mileage of 23 mpg. Its 0 to 60 time is 4.6 seconds. Its suggested list is $84,300. The mid-level offering, the 911 Carrera S, moves from 0 to 60 in a sprightly 4.2 seconds. Its combined mileage is 22 mpg, another example of efficiency. The suggested retail is $98,900. The top level 911 Turbo S is quickest to 60 with a 3.5-second time. Even with this quick time, its combined mileage is 20 mpg. The Turbo S has a suggested list of $182,700.
With three entries, the specialty two-seat, mid-engined Boxster is a very reasonable performer. The base Boxster moves from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds. Its combined mileage is 26 mpg. Its suggested retail is $52,100. The mid-level Boxster S boasts 24 mpg as a combined fuel economy average and a 0 to 60 time of 4.9 seconds. Its suggested retail is $63,900. The top line model, the Boxster GTS, moves from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. Even with that time, the mileage is an impressive 26 mpg. The suggested retail is $74,500.
The Cayman is available in four lines, Cayman, Cayman S, Cayman GTS and Cayman GT4. The Cayman’s 0 to 60 clock is 5.4 seconds. That performance is excellent when you consider the combined mileage is 26 mpg. Its suggested list is $52,600. The next entry, Cayman S, available with a suggested list of $64.100, moves from 0 to 60 in a respectable 4.8 seconds. Combined average economy is 24 mpg. The next level, Cayman GTS, moves from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds, yet boasts a combined mileage of 25 mpg. Its suggested retail is $75,200. The top-of-the-line Cayman GT4 has a respectable combined fuel economy rating of 20 mpg. The GT4 moves out smartly with a 0 to 60 time of 4.4 seconds. The suggested retail is $84,600.
With a 5.2-second 0 to 60 clock, the sporty 370Z (aka the Nismo) still manages to deliver mileage of 21 mpg. Its suggested list is $29,990.
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