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Fuel Efficient Cars You Can Afford

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The Daily Green has a slide show of 7 fuel efficient cars you can actually afford. In a world of high priced eco-friendly cars, this slide show is a nice change of pace.

 

Some of the cars mentioned...

  • 2010 Kia Rio
  • 2010 Toyota Yaris
  • 2010 Honda Insight

 

What do you think of their list? AND got any other ideas about the best affordable fuel efficient cars?

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I think it's kind of a bummer that there are so few affordable fuel efficient cars.  The most efficient low priced car is the Smart ForTwo at around 35 mpg, with the rest of the list in the low 30s.  The Insight, which is barely cheaper than the Prius, made the end of the list, but it's nearly $20k.

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That is not exactly affordable for a lot of people with extremely high insurance and very expensive registration, not to mention all the added costs of borrowing.  Millions of people lost jobs, owe more than their home is worth (if not bankrupt/foreclosed upon)

 

My answer was buy old with low miles.  Insurance is under $300/year, registration just topped $100, and it gets 38 miles per gallon. It is an old Kia with the Ford nameplate.  Ugly stripped down thing no one in their right mind would buy as a showstopper.  86439 miles on the odometer this morning; but almost everyone wants bells, whistles, and crowd pleasers it seems.

 

I sure enjoyed my electric 3-wheel microcar, but my complex was red-tagged for being an unsafe building; so I sold it.  Even though it used*zero* gas my newer apartment has a wide open 50 car garage - but not an outlet.  It would be very affordable - just look at it in the corner with a dead battery.   :D

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