Fuel-Efficient Sports Cars

Driving a sports car doesn't have to be a completely impractical decision. Even though most sports cars have just two seats and minimal trunk space, there are some that don't fit that description. You can console yourself with the following cars, which all get pretty good gas mileage for being sports cars, with ratings similar to much more boring vehicles.

We sought out sports cars with highway ratings of at least 28 mpg, as it's not uncommon for these vehicles to be used as second cars or weekend toys for road trips. If you do have to live with a sports car every day, though, these wouldn't be the worst for fuel economy.


City: 26
Highway: 34
Combined: 29
Transmission: Manual
Mini's retro Cooper S sits atop the list with its small design, low weight and efficient turbocharged engine, which helps make the Cooper a fun and fuel-efficient car to drive.

City: 26
Highway: 34
Combined: 29
Transmission: Manual
The Clubman is an extended version of the Cooper — it has three doors — so it gives rear passengers more room but returns the same mileage as the regular Cooper.

City: 23
Highway: 31
Combined: 26
Transmission: Automatic
In its most fuel-efficient configuration, which is also the least expensive one, the TT coupe comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

City: 21
Highway: 31
Combined: 25
Transmission: Manual
A hopped-up version of the Volkswagen Rabbit, the turbocharged GTI is still an economical hatchback with your choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. The manual edges out the automatic's fuel economy, however.

City: 26
Highway: 29
Combined: 24
Transmission: Manual
A high-performance package on the Civic boosts power with a high-revving four-cylinder engine. The Si is available as a coupe or sedan.

City: 20
Highway: 29
Combined: 23
Transmission: Manual
The sleek Porsche Cayman, a coupe version of the Boxster convertible, returns the same fuel economy as the base Honda Accord V-6, while using a 245-hp V-6.

City: 20
Highway: 29
Combined: 23
Transmission: Manual
Sharing platforms with the Cayman means the Boxster uses the same powertrain and has identical fuel economy numbers.

City: 19
Highway: 28
Combined: 22
Transmission: Automatic
Although on hiatus for the 2009 model year — a 2010 replacement is on the way — the Z4 coupe and convertible have the same fuel economy numbers. Two engines are available — one has more power — but fuel economy is the same with either engine.

City: 19
Highway: 28
Combined: 22
Transmission: Manual
While other cars on this list are the model's base version, the high-performance GXP gets better fuel economy ratings than the base Solstice thanks to direct fuel injection and a turbocharger on its four-cylinder engine.

City: 19
Highway: 28
Combined: 22
Transmission: Manual
As a corporate sibling to the Solstice GXP, the Sky Redline's fuel economy ratings are the same, although the Saturn offers dramatically different styling than the Solstice.
Posted on 11/5/08