Mid-sizes: Toyota Prius
Surprise, surprise ... Toyota's iconic hybrid is the class leader with 3.7/4.0 city-highway fuel economy. The higher highway number is due to the Prius's use of electric power at low city speeds. Despite more than a decade on the market, the Prius, which starts just under $29,000, remains a statement car. On your bank statement, that's $798 a year for fuel.
You might also want to look at Volkswagen's redesigned Jetta TDI clean diesel, which with a six-speed manual transmission, delivers 6.7/4.6 city-highway. The downside is the Jetta diesel's starting price, pushing $24,000. Volkswagen's Golf diesel wagon and corporate sibling Audi A3 TDI hatchback are also tops in the wagon category, with city-highway of 6.7/4.6 and 6.7/4.7 respectively.
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A 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $1.3 million. Do you think classic cars were made better than modern rides?
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- Yes, the quality of cars from the 1960s and '70s is the best
- No, modern technology makes cars better today
- Maybe, it's hard to say since most Canadians get a new car every 10 years