If 40 mpg is the new 30 mpg in the automotive world, then more manufacturers — Hyundai to Volkswagen, Honda to Toyota — have reached the new milestone as car buyers seek more economical options.
Hyundai is at the forefront of the influx of 40 mpg with newly designed 2011 Hyundai Elantra. With its base price of $14,830 and fuel economy of 29 in city driving and 40 mpg on the the highway, it costs an estimated $51 for a tank of gas (at $4 per gallon) and will travel an estimated 538 miles per tank.
The 2011 Hyundia Sonata (hybrid) is also listed at 40 mpg in highway driving.
Here are several other 2011 models averaging at least 40 mpg in freeway driving:
Volkswagen Golf TDI and 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 30 mpg city/42 mpg hwy.
Chevrolet Cruze ECO, 28/42 mpg
Toyota Prius, 51/48 mpg
Honda Insight, 43/40 mpg
Honda Civic Hybrid 43/40 mpg
Ford Fusion Hybrid/Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, 41/36 mpg
Nissan LEAF, 106/92 mpg (equivalent).
Article Last Updated: June 16, 2011.
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