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Top 10 Best Gas Mileage Coupes and Compact Cars

#10 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

MPG City 27 | Hwy 46

The standard features of the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel include 2.0L I-4 151hp engine intercooled turbo, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

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Historically, and logically, the most efficient cars also tend to be the smallest. In the small car category, there is some stiff competition to make the list of the top 10 best gas mileage compact cars. Fuel efficient small cars are a booming segment, because they are generally more affordable to buy and less expensive to own over time. Engines are becoming more efficient and innovative, and manufacturers are tailoring small cars for improved comfort and safety to appeal to a wider range of buyers. Traditionally most popular amongst city dwellers and the budget-conscious, fuel efficient compact cars are making inroads to reach other groups of consumers as they continue to become more versatile than ever.

It's easy to think that the best fuel efficient coupes would be the smallest and most spartan of the bunch, and though there's good reasoning behind such an assumption (because weight and accessories cause extra load that saps power), it's not always the case. For the most part, we're beyond the days when air conditioning, power windows, and other basic creature comforts are add-on items, causing budget-minded shoppers to obsess over a few extra dollars and fret about the negative impact on a car's EPA rating. (Believe it or not, it wasn't too long ago.) But manufacturers and engineers finally discovered that if a small car is properly designed for optimum efficiency, even a surprisingly small gas engine should still provide plenty of power to move the car along at a steady pace. It's possible to enjoy a reasonably comfortable cabin without wasting power output that results in a sluggish driving experience, or needs more fuel than expected, which defeats the entire purpose of specifically buying small cars with good gas mileage. The list of best gas mileage small cars might contain some surprises, but comfort and safety shouldn't be among them.