5 Fuel-Efficient Luxury Mid-size Cars to Consider for 2011
Though not generally quite as fuel efficient as more affordable options, there are several luxury cars that deliver above-average mpgs. For 2011, luxury automakers have made available a handful of gas-sipping alternative fuel and traditional gas engine options. Review some of the most fuel-efficient luxury midsize cars for 2011 to find the fuel-saver that is right for you.
2011 Chevrolet Volt (60 mpge + mpg combined)After much fanfare, the Chevy Volt EV range extender is finally available. With the ability to travel up to 35 miles purely on battery power, the Volt just might be able to accommodate your daily commute without using any gasoline at all. However, official figures suggest a gas-electric fuel efficiency of 60 mpg. Base MSRP for the new Chevy Volt is set at $40,280. Though not quite as luxurious as other upscale models, standard features include automatic headlights, auto climate control, cruise control, voice controls, navigation system, Bluetooth, OnStar, six-speaker stereo, CD/DVD player, iPod interface and 30GB of digital music storage.
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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (39 mpg combined)
The brand-new Lincoln MKZ hybrid bursts onto the scene as the most fuel-efficient luxury hybrid for the year. With an estimated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, the Lincoln hybrid is worth a look for any eco-conscious luxury car shopper. Compared to other luxury hybrids, the majority of reviewers agree the MKZ offers superior driving dynamics and on-road manners. Initial asking price is set at $34,330 and includes foglights, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, heated/ventilated front seats with memory function, nine-speaker stereo, CD changer and satellite radio.
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2011 Lexus HS 250h (35 mpg combined)
Shoppers interested in the MKZ Hybrid may also want to cross-shop it with the Lexus HS Hybrid. Both models come with a similar price point and available features. At 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, the Lexus HS is not quite as fuel thrifty as the Lincoln. However, if you want the added cache that comes with owning a Lexus, then there's certainly plenty to like about the HS 250h. Base price is listed at $35,100 and includes unique technology features such as remote-touch controls and an advanced voice-command system.
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2011 Audi A4 (25 mpg combined)
Among traditional gas engine luxury cars, the Audi A4 is one of the most fuel-efficient options available. The vehicle's 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway help reduce visits to the gas station while still offering a fairly spirited ride (the turbocharged engine delivers 211 hp). As such, those looking for an attractive sport sedan may want to take a serious look at the Audi A4. Entry-level models can be had for around $32,000 and come standard with foglamps, automatic climate control, sunroof, cruise control, leather seats, multimedia interface and 10-speaker sound system.
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2011 Buick Regal (23 mpg combined)
Compared to other luxury midsize cars, the Buick Regal's 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway are above average. Like the A4, this vehicle is a good option for individuals who want a sport sedan than still offers a fair bit of fuel efficiency. Base models come equipped with a 182-hp four-cylinder engine that has been earning solid reviews. The base price of $26,245 also makes this one of the most affordable luxury options for the year. Standard equipment on the 2011 Regal includes foglamps, dual-zone auto climate control, cruise control, leather seats, power driver's seat, 60-40 rear folding seat, steering-wheel controls and seven-speaker stereo with satellite radio and iPod input.
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