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Surprising Eco Heroes

Five diesel and gas cars that are fuel-efficient stars

By: Travis Persaud / 04.10.2011 / Comments | Print | Email

2012 Audi A3 TDI 2.0 Progressive

2012 Audi A3 TDI 2.0 Progressive

They steal headlines, offer government rebates and seemingly overshadow anything else that's happening in the automotive world. Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and plain ol' hybrids have captured our attention - and for good reason. They're a picture of the future, or at the very least, the promised future.

But while hybrids and EVs been garnering front-page coverage, regular gas and diesel offerings have become cleaner and more efficient-and remain strong sellers. Here we take a look at the top five gas and diesel vehicles of 2012 with regards to fuel efficiency. Many automakers are still in the process of unveiling their 2012 vehicles, so keep in mind that as new models hit the road (Chevrolet Spark and Mazda3 SKYACTIV immediately come to mind) fuel efficiency will be top of mind and they might supplant one of these five.

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2012 Ford Fiesta six-speed automatic transmission with SFE package

5. 2012 Ford Fiesta six-speed automatic transmission with SFE package Whew, that's a mouthful. We all know (and love?) the Fiesta. It re-entered North America in 2010 (for the 2011 model year), roaring with gusto and helping to revitalize the subcompact class. Opt for the automatic transmission and Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package, which is available on the SE trim and higher, to get these fuel sipping numbers on either the sedan or hatchback.
City: 6.8 L/100 km
Highway: 4.9 L/100 km
Combined: 5.85 L/100 km

 
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2012 Hyundai Accent manual transmission

4. 2012 Hyundai Accent manual transmission Hyundai continues to refresh its lineup with eye-catching, fluid designs. The new Accent is the latest to undergo this transformation. The car that was known for being the cheapest vehicle available in Canada will soon be spoken about as one of the best looking subcompacts on the road. Get either the sedan or hatchback with manual transmission to achieve the best fuel numbers.
City: 6.7 L/100 km
Highway: 4.9 L/100 km
Combined: 5.8 L/100 km

 
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2012 Audi A3 TDI 2.0 Progressive

3. 2012 Audi A3 TDI 2.0 Progressive Wait, this is more efficient than the Honda Civic? Yup. The Chevrolet Cruze? You got it. The Mazda2? Most certainly. Yes, we were also surprised to see this make the list. Audi's TDI 2.0 Progressive engine turns this very chic, upscale hatchback into more than just an attractive four-wheeler. It's a diesel vehicle that burns clean and keeps you on the road that much longer.
City: 6.7 L/100 km
Highway: 4.7 L/100 km
Combined: 5.7 L/100 km

 
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2012 Smart fortwo

2. 2012 Smart fortwo The next generation Smart fortwo doesn't stray far from what's made it a popular city car: It's small, has enough room for daily commutes and comes in a very cute package. It'll make you think twice about buying a hybrid.
City: 5.9 L/100 km
Highway: 4.8 L/100 km
Combined: 5.35 L/100 km

 
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2012 Scion iQ

1. 2012 Scion iQ It doesn't matter who Toyota is targeting with its "youth oriented" Scion brand, exceptional fuel numbers cross all age boundaries. Dubbed as the "world's smallest four-person passenger car," the micro subcompact iQ is only three metres long. It might be small, but it's a pretty big deal to have a vehicle that's this economical.
City: 5.5 L/100 km
Highway: 4.6 L/100 km
Combined: 5.1 L/100 km

 

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