Everybody loves sports cars. They’re fast, sleek, and eye catching, but not everybody loves the high gas prices. Many of today’s sports cars are plagued with gas guzzling engines to fuel the tremendous amount of horse power and torque the cars are capable of producing. Many of us are looking for a good balance of fuel efficiency with great sports car performance, so we present to you the top 10 most fuel efficient sports cars currently available on the market.
#10. 2014 BMW Z4
Mpg: 22 city/34 hwy
The 2014 BMW Z4 is a great luxurious 2-seat roadster with a 0-60 mph time of about 5.5 seconds.No matter your engine or transmission choice, the Z4 has been called “an exceptionally satisfying car to drive” time and time again. What makes this car a joy to drive is not only it’s zippy performance but it’s ability to go from top up to top down in 20 seconds flat. With the Z4’s power folding hardtop, you essentially get two cars in one that’s ready for any condition and climate.
#9. 2014 Mini Cooper Roadster
Mpg: 28 city/35 hwy
The 2014 Mini Cooper Roadster is a great car if you’re looking for a small, open-air roadster that is as eye pleasing as it is fun to drive. This car is also perfect for you if you’re looking for something compact with great performance,as this roadster has sacrificed space for better performance and handling. If cost is also not an issue then you shouldn’t mind it’s price tag, although it can go up to the $30,000 dollar range.
#8. 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
Mpg: 28 city/37 hwy
The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a zippy little car that delivers a go-kart like drive with it’s sharp turning and quick acceleration response time. Many of the driving inputs like the ride, the braking and, especially, the steering feel more BMW than ever. If you like peace and quiet then you will love this little car as it delivers a near complete absence of wind noise at highway speeds. Even more impressive than it’s comforting ride experience is it’s ability to achieve up to 40 mpg highway on a good day.
#7. 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe
Mpg: 29 city/34 hwy
The 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe is the smallest of the Minis, it has modest truck space and adequate room for 6 footers, but delivers that fast responsiveness and quick handling more than ever. This mini is a great buy if you’re looking to just have fun behind the wheel with a car that can fit in the smallest of parking spots and maneuver you out of the tightest of places. If you don’t have to haul much or transport heavy equipment then this car shouldn’t give you any worries.
#6. 2014 Mini Cooper Convertible
Mpg: 28 city/35 hwy
The 2014 Mini Cooper Convertible is yet another go-kart like vehicle with similar performance of the rest of the Minis only with a standard convertible top. Along with the ease of parking, fuel efficiency, and snappy acceleration this Mini is highly customizable. This cooper however gives no exception to the Mini name, it still suffers from very limited cargo capacity and tight rear seats. This coopers greatest assets are it’s handling and fuel efficiency, which give you the ability to drive through miles of windy roads with plenty of fuel left over.
#5. 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman
Mpg: 28 city/35 hwy
The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman is proof that you don’t need a big, gas-guzzling engine to have gas-guzzling performance. You may not be able to pass sports cars up on the highway, but you will defiantly be able to pass them up plenty of times at the gas station as this Mini can easily achieve a miles per gallon number reaching into the mid-30s. Prices range widely among Mini Cooper models due to their varying trims and body styles, but on the low end the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,195.
#4. 2014 Hyundai Veloster
Mpg: 27 city/36 hwy
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is a sleek coupe-like compact with a family sedan look. If you’re on a budget and want a stylish fuel efficient vehicle then the veloster should certainly be on you’re radar. The down side to this vehicle is it’s lack of space, the rear seats are cramped and the cargo bay isn’t very big. On the plus side this vehicle offers great technology, some of which come standard. At front and center in the cabin is a standard 7-inch touch screen that acts as the command center for your audio, and if chosen the easy-to-read navigation system. The front seats offer good comfort and support for this class, but taller passengers will likely find the two back seats cramped.
#3. 2014 Ford Fiesta
Mpg: 27 city/38 hwy
The 2014 Ford Fiesta is a fuel-efficient small car with a very luxurious high quality interior packed with modern features. What’s really impressive is that many of the Fiesta’s technological features are things you would expect to see in higher end, more expensive vehicles. Also very impressive is an available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that Ford says is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid on the market. The Fiesta’s standard 120-hp 4-cylinder engine can feel a little weak, but it’s what you have to sacrifice to achieve mpg up into the high 30’s. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) of the 2014 Ford Fiesta lineup starts at $14,795 for the base S Sedan.
#2. 2014 Honda CR-Z
Mpg: 31 city/38 hwy
The 2014 Honda CR-Z is s a fun, sporty and efficient commuter car, perfect if you want that sporty feel with the fuel economy of a near hybrid. f you’re looking to satisfy your green side, but you can’t abide driving a generic hybrid like the Prius or Insight, the 2014 Honda CR-Z deserves a long look and perhaps even a test drive. On the downside, If you don’t commute alone, the CR-Z’s lack of a back seat might make it a tough car to live with. However the CR-Z’s electric motor adds a lot of power in pure torque, which helps with acceleration from a stop or when passing. Also, the CR-Z’s handling and braking qualities are vastly superior to most hybrids and should go a long way to satisfy those who know the difference between driving a car and steering one. With Honda’s 3-mode drive system, drivers can select between an efficiency-friendly Econ mode, a balanced Normal mode or a responsive Sport mode for those times when you feel like driving a little differently. The 2014 Honda CR-Z has a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $20,000.
#1. 2013 Tesla Model S
Mpg: 94 city/97 hwy
The 2013 Tesla Model S is a true fuel-efficient sports car. The Model S is capable of achieving an amazing 94 mpg in the city and 97 on the highway while still being extremely quick, going from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds for the 60-kWh version. The 85-kWh version can go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Model S’s low center of gravity and quick steering ratio give it agile handling and stability at high speeds. Unlike some electric cars, the Model S cruises effortlessly at freeway speeds, easily overtaking slower traffic when the need arises. The Model S’s standard 17-inch touch screen is very bright, vivid, intuitive, and easily customizable. The 17-inch screen is also very responsive, something you don’t find very often in these kind of cars. The Model S’s infotainment system is without a doubt one of the best on the market. Taking into account a $990 destination fee, a $180 vehicle-preparation fee and a $7,500 federal tax credit, pricing for a 2013 Model S with a 60-kWh battery starts at about $69,900.