From Motor Trend -5 fun cars for $5 Gas - 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI

With experts predicting gas prices to exceed the $5 per gallon mark as soon as 2012, is it time for consumers to start looking at more efficient offerings?
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Dec. 30, 2010 - PRLog -- With experts predicting gas prices to exceed the $5 per gallon mark as soon as 2012, is it time for consumers to start looking at more efficient offerings? We don’t want to see anyone have to settle for a car that isn’t at least a little fun, so we have picked the top 5 vehicles that will help you deal with the rising fuel costs while still feeding the car guy urge.

1) 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI

EPA estimated fuel economy city/highway: Manual – 30 mpg/42 mpg, Automatic – 30 mpg/41 mpg

MSRP with destination: 2-door $23,580 / 4-door $24,205

It wasn’t that long ago that a diesel wouldn’t have been allowed within a 50-mile radius of any car list that included fun to drive. That has changed in the last few years with the introduction of clean burning, direct-injection turbocharged engines that not only provide exceptional fuel economy, but some pretty surprising torque as well. With 236 pound-feet in a relatively lightweight package the Volkswagen Golf TDI will surprise a few so-called sports cars in the canyons.

In the past, the diesel version of the Golf was a close cousin of the base model gas version of the same car with minimal options, base level suspension, and wheels. The MK6 version is a different story. The Golf TDI is closer in spec to a GTI than its 2.5-liter sibling. Standard wheels are 17 inches with a 225/45/17 tire. Spring and damping rates are hot-hatch firm and provide a neutral platform that even allows for some lift-throttle oversteer fun. Brake rotor diameters are a performance car appropriate 11.3-inch front with 10.2-inch in the rear.

On the inside, the passengers are surrounded by an interior that no other entry-level car can touch, and there are even sport seats to keep you from sliding around during oil-burning fun. When you aren’t out driving for fun, the Golf is the perfect utility vehicle for active people. Folding seats coupled with a giant trunk mean you can fit just about anything in the back. Performance, fun, and utility are just a few of the reasons why the Golf is one of the best-selling cars in the world.

So while it may not be the sexiest car on the list, it is one of the most useful. It may take a little nudge to get people past their aversion to hatchbacks, but most buyers will never regret it.

Other fun cars for $5 gas:

- 2011 Toyota Prius

- 2011 Mazda2

- 2011 Audi TTS

- 2011 Ford Mustang V-6

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