Here are our top 5 picks for luxury cars running an average of 32 mpg combined.
2011 Lexus CT 200h – Starting ay $29,120, this sporty hatchback clocks in at 43/40 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient luxury hybrid on the market today. However, the 200h lacks power (134HP) and has oft-criticized sluggish acceleration and handling.
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – This 41/36 mpg machine follows the same design and feel as the Ford Fusion, a strong performer powered by a 2.5 liter four cylinder with an electric motor for 191HP. Its electric power component is equally impressive with 47 miles per hour max range. Its interior is top class, with a smart gauge instrumental panel that grades your fuel efficiency with a flower scale (less flowers, less fuel consumed) and a Buick Regal-level ultra-insulated quiet cabin. For $6000 less (yet less fuel efficient alternative) with the same look and feel, turn to the Ford Fusion hybrid.
2011 BMW 335d – The 335d offers balance between speed and fuel efficiency, with a turbocharged 6 cylinder gunning a 6 second 0 to 60 mph time with a max speed of 130 mph. Not too bad for a 23/36 mpg machine with 265HP. The 335d has few downsides including a lack of cabin and cargo space.
2011 Audi A3 2.0 TDI – The Audi A3 hybrid wagon runs at 30/42 mpg and has one of the lowest emission 2.0 turbo diesel engines available. Priced reasonably at $30,200, the Audi A3 2.0 TDI produces 140HP, albeit only with front wheel drive. With a 14-gallon tank, you can go more than 600 miles.
2011 Lexus HS 250h – The HS 250h offers 35/34 mpg on a 187HP engine. Critics have praised its interior comprising of thinner seats maximizing interior room and a Prius-style dashboard with climate and entertainment controls that accepts voice commands. Downsides are its limited cargo space (taken up by its large battery) and no folding seats. Its dead exterior styling has also caught critics' attention.