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Guiltless Gas Sippers: 10 Cars That Deliver the Most Fun Per Gallon Related ArticlesHybrids? Diesels? Our Pick of the Unlikely Sleepers First Drive: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 First Drive: 2006 Honda Civic Si More InfoMore Features More General Features ToolsE-mail This Page To a Friend By: Greg N. Brown Date Posted 09-15-2005 Even with gas north of three bucks a gallon, you don't have to give up driving fun for the sake of miles per gallon (mpg). There are cars out there that offer both driving pleasure and guilt-defying fuel economy from every gallon. These 10 are our favorite fun-to-drive gas sippers, the cars that offer the enthusiast driver rewards far beyond fewer stops at the pump. But remember that "actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's conditions." In other words, EPA gas mileage figures are mere approximations of real-world fuel economy, and your results will undoubtedly differ. Should EPA estimates then be discounted as meaningless? Well, as a certain bushy-haired physicist once proclaimed, "It's all relative," and that's how we judged the cars on our list. Every one boasts a very favorable economy index relative to the fun we've had testing and driving them. They're the fossil-fuel-friendly cars we want to drive, and we've listed them in alphabetical order. 2006 Acura RSX Type-S: 23 city/31 highway OK, this successor to the Integra is getting long in the tooth, but until its replacement is here for 2007, it'll do very nicely as a resourceful runner. The 201-horsepower 2.0-liter is capable of 15-second quarter-mile bursts and 0-to-60-mph times well under 7 seconds, but the car's strength is in its blend of performance handling, upscale ride quality and optimal use of a gallon of gas. Fuel: Premium 2006 Audi TT 3.2: 22 city/27 highway The revolutionary little coupe/convertible has been around long enough to be considered an icon of modern automotive styling, but it's staying young with a great DSG gearbox and a 3.2-liter V6. Futurists figured we'd be driving zippy little spaceships by now. That hasn't happened, but a TT with 250 hp and paddle-shifted six-speed transmission comes close, and you don't have to come down to earth very often to gas up. Fuel: Premium 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 16 city/24 highway Wait…hear us out. This best ever 505-hp V8 Vette can do it all. It's bloody fast, lapping the infamous Nürburging faster than any production car except Porsche's Carrera GT, but it's also exempt from the federal gas-guzzler tax (although we doubt racecar driver Jan Magnussen got close to 16 mpg on his flying lap of the Nordschleife). No other supercar comes close to the Z06's combination of performance and economy. Fuel: Premium 2006 Honda Civic Si: 22 city/31 highway Once the darling of furiously fast youth, the Si has matured over the years to become a paragon of smooth, effortless performance. Now a proper sport coupe instead of milquetoast hatchback, the all-new Si drives younger than ever, but it's also a wiser machine. Power is way up to 197 hp from the new 2.0-liter, but highway fuel economy remains unchanged. Fuel: Premium 2006 Mazda MX-5: 24 city/30 highway The little roadster has been dear to our driving hearts since it rebirthed the two-seater market in America, and the all-new Miata makes those hearts beat even faster. Longer and wider, it's still a nimble playmate that earns the claim of most fun for the buck. For under $25 grand, you get a more powerful 170-hp, 2.0-liter engine that also delivers improved fuel mileage. A perfect example of bigger can be better. Fuel: Premium 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible: 27 city/35 highway The Mini's styling first caught our attention, not the modest 1.6-liter engine specs. Then we drove the Mini, and the visual attraction was matched by our love of its dynamic personality. Easy on the eyes, and just as easy to drive quickly, it's had a lot to do with the masses understanding the concept of "handling." And as a convertible, it couldn't be cuter. Fuel: Premium 2006 Porsche Boxster: 20 city/28 highway Probably the world's best all-around two-seater, the littlest Porsche delivers big payoffs with its superior balance and practicality: two trunks, long range and free climate at the drop of the top. "Settle" for the 240-hp, 2.7-liter base engine and avoid the options list, and the Boxster's a huge bargain compared to older brother 911, yet it delivers pureblood Porsche pleasure. Fuel: Premium 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX : 20 city/27 highway One of our own just drove the newest WRX, with larger 2.5-liter turbo and revised face, and there's nothing going to wipe the grin off his face. The 230 hp is backed up by a rich stash of torque that finds its way through all four 17-inch wheels and low-profile performance tires for superior grip. Upgraded brakes and a quicker steering ratio also provide the driver with a more intimate feel for the road. Fuel: Premium 2006 Toyota Corolla XRS: 26 city/34 highway It's not the most exciting car on the list, but for less than $18,000 there's a lot of reliable performance to be enjoyed behind the XRS badge. The sophisticated 1.8-liter engine puts out 170 hp through a close-ratio six-speed manual, the 16-inch alloys are wrapped by summer performance tires, and bespoilered bodywork adds a sporty profile to the enhanced performance. Want a quick, grippy econocar that starts every morning? It's hard to do better. Fuel: Premium 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: 25 city/32 highway Turbos are now so efficient, it's a wonder every car doesn't have a blower under the hood. VW's new 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo in the new GLI shows how modest displacement can provide bravura performance. Order the fabulous dual-clutch DSG automanual transmission and get F1-type shifting, torque, revs and good mpg in a sporty package. Ausgezowie!…or something like that. Fuel: Premium (InsideLine)
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David, you crack me up!.....I want to touch those fun bits too. The Z06 is just the stuff of legends and to get this kind of mpg is incredible.
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hey thats what i get city but it gets better hiway think about it.. it prolly doesnt even need torev to get up to speed in the city it prolly idels at like 30mph and on hiway throw it in 6th gear and its prolly like at 800 rpm so its not at like 3000 like a four cylinder.
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WTF?! :huh: I never realised all those Japanese/German econoboxes used Premium. In my 10.5:1 compression Camaro I can understand, in my Cadillac STS's Northstar it's forgivable and it makes perfect sense in the Z06, but in a Jetta or Corolla?
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I'm wondering how many people actually pay attention to what fuel grade they are supposed to use. I put 87 in my car, I honestly haven't bothered to look and see what is recommended.
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I'm wondering how many people actually pay attention to what fuel grade they are supposed to use.  I put 87 in my car, I honestly haven't bothered to look and see what is recommended.

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Typically says "Premium Unleaded Only" or something to that effect on the fuel gauge or fuel door or gas cap. If not, straight 87 is fine.

My car requires Premium and when I ran 87 octane for a little bit to see what happened, my economy dropped a bit. I did the math and its better of that I just use premium. Anyway, a 15 cent difference doesn't mean as much when gas is $2.90-3.50 a gallon.
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I put straight 85 in my Mustang and Jeep and 91 in the M3.
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be interesting if they figured that w/ cars that just could use regular, or saw what those cars would do on regular....not the zo6 though, just in case it got damaged some how...those other cars are plentiful enough lol
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