November 1, 2012 3:51 PM | By Steve Mertl for MSN Autos
What to drive if you faint at the sight of high fuel prices

Two-seaters: Honda CR-Z

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Honda's little hybrid sports coupe (around $23,500 to start) captures top honours in this sporty category, with a 5.6/5.0 city-highway rating for its 122-hp gas-electric combo, sipping $1,113 annually from your wallet. With its multi-mode performance envelope and gearless CVT, it's a very 21st-century experience. You can get a six-speed manual, though, if the thought of a gearless car doesn't appeal to you. The CR-Z is unique in that it's the only hybrid currently on sale that's got a stick-shift.

But I'm kind of old school, so I'd go with the more elemental Mazda MX-5 soft-top equipped with its jewel-like six-speed manual, rated at 9.7/7.1 city-highway for its 2.0-litre, 167-hp four.

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