Regular Old Gas-Powered Cars Are More Fuel Efficient Than You Think

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“We’re seeing 40 mpg become the new 30.”

An executive at the National Resources Defense Council (who said the words above) is one of several sources in a Washington Post story to back the idea that drivers looking to buy cars with excellent fuel efficiency shouldn’t limit their search to hybrids of electric cars. The Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra are all capable of getting 40 mpgā€”sometimes as much as 50 mpg under the right circumstances.

Here are some thoughts from another car expert:

“The buzz has been all about electric vehicles and hybrids, but to me, the real buzz should be about the old internal-combustion engine,” said Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of Edmunds.com, an automotive Web site. “It ain’t dead yet.”

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