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Top 8 Fuel-Efficient Cars - Staying Debt–Free

Scott Tsuneishi
Jun 1, 2013
Photographer: Manufacturers

Money is tight and fuel prices are high. So what do you do? The answer is simple. Buy a cheap and economical car to hold you over while you build that 700hp gas-guzzling monster sitting inside your garage. Here's a list of the Top 8 most fuel-efficient (non-diesel) cars since 1984 for under $5,000 with only one hybrid vehicle among the list. To find a car under $5,000, it's most likely that the car will be about 10 years old with more than 100,000 miles, but this doesn't mean the car isn't fuel efficient. Although the majority of the list doesn't look anything like your typical sports car, keep in mind we collaborated this list to show vehicles with maximum fuel efficiency and cost (under $5,000) versus styling. If you're looking for the ultimate chick magnet by all means go purchase that fancy Lamborghini Murcielago with an estimated 8 city/13 highway mpg, but don't tell us we didn't warn you!

1. 2000-2001
Honda Insight
Engine:
1.0-liter
3-cylinder

02 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda insight Photo 2/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
49 city
61 highway

2. 1986
Chevrolet Sprint ER
Engine:
3-cylinder
1.0-liter

03 top 8 fuel efficient cars chevront sprint ER Photo 3/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
44 city
53 highway

3. 1989
Geo Metro
Engine:
3-cylinder
1.0-liter

04 top 8 fuel efficient cars geo metro Photo 4/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
43 city
52 highway

4. 1985-1986
Honda Civic CRX HF
Engine:
4-cylinder
1.5-liter

05 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda CRX HF Photo 5/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
42 city
51 hwy

5. 1988-1991
Honda CRX HF
Engine:
4-cylinder
1.5-liter

06 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda CRX HF Photo 6/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
41 city
49 highway

6. 1994-1995
Honda Civic VX hatchback
Engine:
4-cylinder
1.5-liter

07 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda civic VX hatchback Photo 7/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
39 city
50 highway

7. 1992-1995
Honda Civic CX Hatchback
Engine:
4-cylinder
1.5-liter

08 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda civic CX hatchback Photo 8/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
35 city
41 highway

8. 1996
Honda Civic HX
Engine:
4-cylinder
1.6-liter

09 top 8 fuel efficient cars honda civic HX Photo 9/9   |   Top 8 Fuel Efficient Cars

Fuel Efficiency:
33 city
41 highway

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