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Archive for Monday, June 23, 2008

Some used cars offer great mileage

June 23, 2008

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Commutes are getting longer and gas has skyrocketed past $4 a gallon. New hybrid cars have impressive fuel economy. But it'll cost you. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid, for example, has a suggested starting price of $22,600. A bare-bones Toyota Prius from this year has a suggested retail price of $21,500.

You might want instead to consider a used car with good mileage. The July issue of Consumer Reports magazine lists the following used cars with the best gas mileage, according to its tests, in a given price range.

Under $10,000:

¢ 2000 Honda Insight (manual), 51 miles per gallon

¢ 2001-02 Toyota Prius, 41 mpg

¢ 2000-05 Toyota Echo (manual), 38 mpg

¢ 1998-2002 Chevrolet Prizm, 32 mpg

¢ 1998 Mazda Protege LX, 32 mpg

¢ 1998-2000 Toyota Corolla CE/LE, 32/31 mpg

Between $10,000 and $20,000:

¢ 2004-06 Toyota Prius, 44 mpg

¢ 2003 Toyota Prius, 41 mpg

¢ 2006-07 Honda Civic Hybrid, 37 mpg

¢ 2003-05 Honda Civic Hybrid, 36 mpg

¢ 2007 Honda Fit Sport (manual), 34 mpg

¢ 2007 Toyota Yaris Liftback (manual), 34 mpg.

Comments

notajayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

I bought my 11 year old commuter used for around $1,200, and it gets 34 mpg on the trips to work. But hey, if you really want to spend $20,000+ for a used car, be my guest.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 10 months ago

Or you could go out and spend $500 -$1000 for a good used Chevy, Olds, Pontiac, Ford, Mercury or Cadillac Big Car which wil return around 18 - 20 mpg, drive it for 5-6 years with low maintainence, low taxes, low insurance and no car payments.You would be thousands of dollars ahead of the guy with the car payment.

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