25 Truly Fun-to-Drive Cars That Get 30 MPG or More

Proof that you don't have to drive a boring car to save money on gas.


If you want a fun car but you don't want to blow a ton of money on fuel, you're spoiled for choice right now. Here are a number of genuinely fun cars that'll get 30 mpg or better on the highway, as certified by the EPA, according to you.

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Genesis G70 - 30 MPG Highway

Genesis hit it out of the park with its new entry-level luxury sport sedan, the G70. It's more fun than the competition, and looks great. Best of all, you can get it with a manual transmission. Sadly, if you want to pull out the best MPG, you'll have to settle for the four-cylinder automatic model.

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Porsche 911 Carrera - 30 MPG Highway

Porsche set the world on fire when it went forced induction for its latest 911, which now exclusively comes with turbocharged engines (minus the GT3). Those snails haven't made the car any less fun to drive, and they've let the base Carrera squeeze into this list with a highway rating of 30 MPG. listed for under $100,000.

Porsche hasn't released specs for the base 992-generation Carrera, but we suspect it'll be even more efficient.

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Ford Focus ST - 30 MPG Highway

The Focus ST makes for a great all-rounder, and not just because it's got a practical hatchback body. On the highway you can achieve 30 MPG with that 252-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four—if you keep your foot out of it, that is. Tough considering how fun this thing is to drive quickly. has just under 30,000 miles on the clock, and can be yours.

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Audi TT Coupe – 30 MPG Highway

Under its pretty skin, the Audi TT is basically an all-wheel-drive GTI. The extra weight of the AWD system means the TT can't match the GTI's 34-mpg highway fuel economy, but it still offers a great mix of performance and economy. listed on eBay right now.

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Ford Mustang Ecoboost – 30 MPG Highway

Like the Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang offers a turbocharged four-cylinder option for buyers who want more fuel efficiency. Ford's four-cylinder offers more power than the Chevy, though, bringing 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque to the party. For a pony car that can hit 30 mpg on the highway, that's impressive. , listed for just $22,100.

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Jaguar XE 35t – 30 MPG Highway

You can have your Jaguar XE with a super-efficient four-cylinder diesel, or even a four-cylinder gas engine, but why bother when the V6 still gets 30 mpg on the highway? It's basically the same 340-hp supercharged V6 used in the F-Type. Of course, you'll have to be very careful to get that sort of fuel mileage with this engine. has just 2000 miles on the clock, and it's listed on eBay.

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Chevrolet Camaro (Four-Cylinder) – 31 MPG Highway

The Camaro SS is undeniably awesome, and if you get the automatic, that big V8 will do 28 mpg on the highway. Drivers looking for more fuel-efficient fun can eke out an extra three miles per gallon if they opt for the base engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It makes 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, good for 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, and 31 mpg highway. has the manual, and you can own it.

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Volkswagen Golf R - 31 MPG Highway

Even though the Golf R carries a hefty all-wheel drive system and a 300-horsepower engine, its highway rating falls just above the 30-MPG mark. Impressive considering all the performance you get. looks to be in great condition, and you can own it.

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Honda Accord 2.0T - 32 MPG

For 2018, Honda was nice enough to take the Civic Type R's turbo 2.0-liter engine and drop it into the Accord—it's even available with a manual transmission. Not only that, it's able to get 32 MPG on the highway. Not bad Honda, not bad. specced in black with the six-speed transmission.

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BMW 340i – 32 MPG Highway

Amazingly, a rear-wheel drive six-cylinder BMW 3-Series can do 32 mpg on the highway, if you don't bury your foot too often. That's amazing for a 320-hp car that's a hoot on a twisty backroad. painted in a stunning shade of blue up for sale right now.

BMW recently announced this car's replacement, the new M340i xDrive, but has yet to reveal MPG figures. We'll update this post once it does.

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Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 – 32 MPG Highway

Toyota and Subaru took a classic sports-car approach to creating the 86 and BRZ. They make a "mere" 205 horsepower, but pair it with a light, nimble chassis. With the automatic, you'll get around 34 mpg on the highway too. You give up some fuel efficiency with the manual transmission, but we think it's worth the trade. can be yours for just $22,480.

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<p>If you're looking for pure speed, the Fiat 500 Abarth probably isn't for you. If you want a small city car that will make mundane drives enjoyable, <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/reviews/a18033/2012-fiat-500-abarth-1/" target="_blank">give the Abarth a look</a>. It's a different kind of fun than some of its competitors, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.</p>
Fiat 500 Abarth – 33 MPG Highway

Obviously no one is going to look at the Fiat 500, even in Abarth guise, and think it's a gas guzzler. It looks every bit like the fuel-efficient city car it is. But when you hear its raucous, uncorked exhaust note, you'll realize this isn't the economy version. If you opt for the manual transmission, the Abarth version of the 500 gets a respectable 33 mpg highway. is for sale for just under $12,000.

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<p>It's not often that the little brother overshadows the older brother, but in this case, the less expensive and less powerful Fiesta ST has pulled it off. It's tiny, fast, fun, and (surprisingly) more popular than the Focus ST.  It's also quite inexpensive, starting just a bit over $20,000.</p>
Ford Fiesta ST – 33 MPG Highway

The Fiat 500 Abarth is a blast to drive around the city, but buyers looking for a more refined driving experience should look no further than the Ford Fiesta ST. It's not quite as fuel efficient as the 1.0-liter Ecoboost version, but you'll still get 33 mpg highway, and you'll have more fun than anyone should be able to in a sub-$25,000 car. is on eBay right now for around $8500.

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Alfa Romeo 4C - 34 MPG Highway

Having a lightweight carbon-fiber tub for a body has its advantages—one of which is fuel economy. Because the 4C's 237-horsepower turbo-four doesn't have much weight to push around, it doesn't drink much gas when it's not in boost. for sale for just $43,499.

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Volkswagen GTI – 34 MPG Highway

You'd think that with an all-wheel-drive Golf R in the lineup, the front-wheel-drive GTI would be overshadowed. That's simply not the case—the GTI is a total blast to drive. Front-wheel drive haters be damned. You'll also get up to 34 mpg highway when equipped with the manual transmission. has around 34000 miles on the clock, and can be yours for under $20,000.

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BMW 230i – 35 MPG Highway

You can still have fuel-efficient fun in a BMW. The 230i will hit 35 mpg on the highway if you choose the automatic, but it's still a blast to drive. Its 248-horsepower engine is powerful enough to hit 60 mph in as little as 5.2 seconds. will set you back around $25,000.

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Mazda 6 – 35 MPG Highway

The Mazda 6 is far more fun-to-drive than any mid-size sedan has a right to be. It's only offered with one engine, a 184-hp 2.5-liter four, but it's a good one, especially when paired with a six-speed manual transmission. painted in a nice blue listed for just under $25,000.

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Tom Salt
Mazda MX-5 Miata – 35 MPG Highway

Cars that go fast in a straight line are fun, we won't deny that. But there's also something enjoyable about a car that's perfectly balanced and poised through the corners. For more than 20 years, the Mazda Miata has been exactly that, and boy do we love it. The latest Miata loses its "cute" look, but it's still an absolute blast to drive. All that fun also comes cheaply, with the Miata getting 35 mpg on the highway if you opt for the automatic. The manual still gets a respectable 34 mpg.

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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth - 35 MPG Highway

Despite having a turbocharged engine, the Miata's Italian sibling, the 124 Spider Abarth, still manages to eek out the same 35 highway MPG rating. We'd still have a Miata, but, don't get us wrong, the Abarth is still an absolute blast to drive. has barely any mileage on it, and can be yours.

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Mazda 3 – 37 MPG Highway

The Mazda 3 is one of the sweetest driving compacts on the market, and when equipped with either a 2.0- or 2.5-liter four-cylinder, it achieves well over 30 mpg on the highway. We recommend the bigger engine and Mazda's nice six-speed manual. listed for just $13,161.

Mazda has yet to announce fuel economy figures for the new Skyactiv-X-equipped 2019 model, so we'll update this slide once it does.

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<p>Much like the Wrangler, <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/a26202/first-drive-2015-mini-john-cooper-works-hardtop/" target="_blank">the Mini Cooper</a> is extremely popular with people who normally couldn't care less about cars. It's cute and cool, and you can also get one for a little more than $20k, so it's fairly affordable. The base three-cylinder Mini is sneakily fun to drive, too. Add in the passionate Mini community, and it's hard for new Mini owners not to become enthusiasts.</p>
Josh Scott
Mini Cooper – 38 MPG Highway

No matter which version of the Mini Cooper you get, you'll have a car that's small, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. The most fuel-efficient version, with a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder, is rated at 38 mpg highway, and it's a hoot. Even the hotter Cooper S will manage 32 mpg on the highway. is on eBay right now.

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DW Burnett/Puppyknuckles
Honda Civic Si - 38 MPG Highway

Thanks to a tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the new Civic Si coupe and sedan can both pull in an impressive 38 MPG on the highway. Best of all, it only comes in six-speed manual form, meaning whichever body style you choose, you'll get three pedals. on sale now.

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Honda Civic Sport – 39 MPG Highway

The new Honda Civic Sport isn't quite as sporty as the Si, but it still manages to be a ton of fun to drive, while offering excellent economy. Opt for the six-speed manual, and you'll see around 39 MPG on the highway. painted in a lovely shade of blue.

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BMW i8 – 69 MPGe

We weren't sure whether we should include the BMW i8 on this list because of its price. But in the end, we couldn't ignore it. In the speed department, the $140,000- i8 will hold its own against similarly-priced competitors, hitting 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds. Amazingly, it does that with the help of a turbocharged three-cylinder borrowed from the Mini Cooper, aided by two electric motors. Despite its performance, the plug-in hybrid i8 is rated at 69 MPGe—though you'll probably get closer to 30 if you're driving it in Sport mode. has depreciated to just under $60,000.

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Michael Roselli
Tesla Model 3 Performance - 116 MPGe

The Model 3 Performance is the only purely electric car on this list, and it certainly deserves the spot. We took a couple to Lime Rock Park a few months back, and had a ton of un.

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