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9 High-Quality Cars that Cause Less Pain at the Pump

7/10/2013
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Gas prices are higher this summer than last, by an average of 10 cents per gallon according to some estimates. That means filling a 15-gallon fuel tank costs more than $50, which makes choosing a fuel-efficient car important to maintaining household budgets. Getting a vehicle that's rated highly for quality helps, too, saving time and money in terms of return visits to the dealership for repairs.

According to J.D. Power, the nine models listed below are among the highest rated vehicles for quality, and they all get 30 mpg or better on the highway, as rated by the EPA. We've listed them in alphabetical order:


2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Buy the 323-horsepower Camaro LS with a V-6 engine and an automatic transmission, and it is rated to get 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.


2013 Chevrolet Impala
A full-size sedan, the Chevy Impala is expected to return 18 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway from its 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine.


2013 Ford Mustang
The Mustang's standard 3.7-liter V-6 generates 305 horsepower and, with the optional automatic transmission, gets 19 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.


2013 Honda Civic Sedan
In High Fuel (HF) trim, the 2013 Civic Sedan is rated to get 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Choose the Civic Hybrid, and you can expect to get 44 mpg no matter where you drive it.


2013 Kia Soul
The EPA says the Kia Soul gets 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway in Eco trim.


2013 Mazda 2
If you can operate a clutch pedal and shift your own gears, the Mazda 2 is rated to return 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.


2013 Porsche Boxster
This 2-seat sports car offers more than just a convertible top. When equipped with the optional 7-speed automated manual transmission, the Boxster returns 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Premium gas is, however, a requirement.


2013 Smart Fortwo
Though it requires premium gas, the Smart Fortwo makes good use of what it does use, returning 34 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.


2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid
This popular midsize family sedan is rated to get up to 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

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