Autoweek's "Top 5 Fuel-Efficient Cars You Actually Want to Drive"
While top 5 and top 10 lists are the crack of the automotive nickel press (cheap, low quality, likely to give you brain damage and felonious), Autoweek's Top 5 Fuel-Efficient Cars You Actually Want to Drive" is just too asinine, too absurd not to pass on to TTAC's Best and Brightest. Not only do they choose bad cars (that, according to Autoweek, bring a smile to your face), but their stats are largely incorrect.
— 2008 Tesla Roadster (Exotic)
– $109,000 MSRP
– 220 miles per charge (256 mpg equivalent)
– 0-60 in 3.9 seconds
Oh, it's exotic alright. So exotic, it's not in production and you can't buy one. Autoweek should know better than to swallow the load from Tesla’s PR department. The Tesla isn’t in full production, the range is completely unverified, they are likely going to be selling for way over the $109,000 sticker. Then again, Autoweek’s list is “cars you want to drive” and in fact, we all do want to drive the Tesla.
— 2008 Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro (Weekend Warrior)
– $49,000 MSRP (estimated)
– 44 mpg (hwy)
– All-wheel drive handling
Does Autoweek know something Audi doesn’t? This model wasn’t confirmed for US production. Audi is bringing a 3.0-liter V6 diesel for the A4 and Q5/Q7, but the TDI four-banger is VW only for now. If they want to go off on the European cars tangent, that’s fine, but in such a case I’m going BMW 120d.
— 2008 Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC (Executive Sedan)
– $53,075 MSRP
– 32 mpg (hwy)
– 210 horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque
— 2008 MINI Cooper (Cheap Thrills)
– $18,700 MSRP
– 37 mpg (hwy)
– 2546 lbs and go-kart handling
They were bound to get two out of the five right. But you still have to ask yourself if the diesel price premium actually makes sense over a Benz E350, which unlike the oil burner, is available with 4Matic. There’s no denying the diesel Benzes are wonderful. And as for the Cooper, it’s a gem.
— 2008 Lexus RX 400h (Family Fun)
– $42,980 MSRP
– 27 mpg (city)
– 84.7 cubic feet of available cargo space
The only “family fun” thing about the Lexus RX hybrid is parking it on a set of train tracks and walking home. This is a terrible vehicle, with observed mileage guaranteed to be much lower. Also, just try finding one without the $6000 navigation package.
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