The 2010 model year delivers a number of fuel-efficient luxury vehicles for drivers who have a taste for the finer things in life. While a luxury vehicle's focus on performance typically leads to some compromise in the category of mpgs, hybrid luxuries and diesel luxuries both offer a chance to own a car that offers the best of both worlds. The 2010 luxury cars and SUVs with the best gas mileage are detailed below:
2010 Acura TSX (25 mpg combined)
The sporty 2010 Acura TSX sedan glides along at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The fuel-efficient base powerplant comes in the form of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 201 horsepower. For a true sporty drive, however, you'll need to trade in some of those mpgs for the added horsepower of the V-6 engine. Regardless of which engine you choose, a well-appointed cabin, plenty of standard amenities and base price below $30,000 all add up to make the 2010 Acura TSX an entry-level luxury vehicle worth looking into.
2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet (26 mpg combined)
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is outfitted with a 211-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that musters 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Opt for Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system, and you'll lose one mpg in the city. The 2010 A5 coupe and convertible both deliver a fun driving experience and exceptional handling. Throw in a lavish interior that befits the Audi name, and the Audi A5 does an excellent job of balancing luxury, power and efficiency. Base price for the 2010 Audi A5 is $36,000.
2010 Audi A4 (26 mpg combined)
The Audi A4 comes equipped with the same base engine as its sportier A5 brother. As such, gas mileage figures are identical (23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway). The 2010 A4 offers a more traditional mid-size luxury sedan driving experience. Given the solid balance of sports appeal and sedan comfort, the A4 is a great option for those looking for a commuter car that can kick it into high gear when needed. The 2010 Audi A4 is an entry-luxury vehicle that starts around $29,000.
2010 BMW 335d (27 mpg combined)
The BMW 335d is one of the first diesel options for the luxury market. The choice to go diesel delivers similar performance with bolstered fuel efficiency numbers. In the case of the BMW 3 Series diesel, these numbers are 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Despite these figures, the 335d delivers true BMW performance - the 3.0-liter V-6 teems with 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft. of torque. If you're goal is to achieve maximum performance while saving as much gas as possible, then the $44,000 BMW 335d should be on your short list.
2010 Lexus RX 450h (30 mpg combined)
Hybrid technology helps the Lexus RX 450h outperform the majority of smaller luxury cars when it comes to gas mileage. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine combines with electric engine technology to offer 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. A total of 245 horsepower help the hefty RX hybrid cruise along with adequate acceleration. For those in the market for a fuel-efficient luxury SUV, the 2010 Lexus RX 450h can't be beat. Base price is around $42,000.
2010 Audi A3 (34 mpg combined)
More than any other carmaker, Volkswagen is helping bring diesel technology to the American market. For its luxury line, VW offers the capable 2010 Audi A3 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. This efficient engine delivers the hybrid-like numbers of 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. With its compact hatchback silhouette, the A3 is the smallest vehicle on this list. However, a sporty drive, numerous luxury features and high-quality construction all combine to make the Audi A3 a solid buy for those who don't need a ton of passenger room. This entry-luxury vehicle comes with a base MSRP around $27,000.
2010 Lexus HS 250h (35 mpg combined)
Lexus remains the luxury leader in hybrid technology. Its most fuel-efficient hybrid is the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. With an impressive 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, this mid-size sedan is the greenest luxury car for the year. However, compromises have been made to bulk up fuel efficiency - meaning the luxury features of the Lexus HS hybrid aren't quite up to par with that of the average Lexus. For example, Lexus' legendary sound dampening technology has been minimized to reduce weight and improve mileage. Still, for those looking for an entry-level luxury car, the $34,200 Lexus HS 250h has plenty to offer.