Re: Need a car that has great Gas mileage and is reliable, recommendations?
The new Camry with a 268hp V6 is still rated at 31mpg on the highway and that is with the new stricter ratings. By the old rating system it would be more like 35-36mpg. That is a very good power to milage ratio.
The 4 cyl. Camry is rated at 34mpg, 158 hp
The new civics are pretty good as well but are a lot smaller than a Camry. Rated at 140 hp 30 city/38 highway. Pretty decent power to milage ratio. Maybe the best looking of all the comparable cars. I didn't think they looked all that great based on adds but my next door neighbor just bought one and I really like it.
The Corolla is rated at 32/41 which is really good, only 126hp though. Kind of ugly.
The Subaru's have a lot more power for a standard 4 cyl at 173 but crappy milage. 22 city/29 highway. In Idaho they are a very popular car due to the AWD being standard but the AWD sucks fuel. It is too much parasitic loss. A lot of my friends drove them for ski vehicles. Most of my friends get more like 20/27 for milage. They are sweet cars but even their highest mileage car doesn't get 30 mpg on the highway. (Edit: The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Special Edition with the automatic manages a rating of 23/30.)
The Mazda 3 has been improved a lot. I think it has decent looks but not as good as the civic. 156hp with a 26/33 mpg rating. Decent overall ratio for power to milage.
Last edited by slickwill; 05-12-2007 at 2:56 PM.