Only 2 Sports Cars Have Abysmal Fuel Economy Under 20 MPG, According to Consumer Reports

Sports cars are well-known for being some of the fastest and most powerful vehicles on the road. Additionally, due to power being a motivating factor, owners often don’t care about their vehicle’s fuel economy. That said, some sports cars will have a worse fuel economy than others, and currently, there are only two sports cars that get under 20 mpg, according to Consumer Reports testing. Here’s a look at the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Corvette, both of which have an abysmal fuel economy of under 20 mpg.

These sports cars have the best fuel economy right now

According to Consumer Reports, despite being sports cars, there are a few efficient sports cars on the market. They tend to be on the smaller side, but they’re still efficient and fun to drive. The most efficient option is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets 181 horsepower, and allows for a combined rating of 34 mpg. This Mazda model starts at about $27,500 but can only seat two people. 

The Mini Cooper is another small and efficient sports car. It starts at $23,000 and comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 134 hp. This little engine allows the Mini Cooper to get 30 mpg combined. Unlike the Miata, though, the Mini Cooper can seat four people. 

The BMW Z4 is another efficient sports car. Since it’s a BMW, it’s more expensive, starting at about $50,000. However, it’ll come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 255 horsepower for more pep. This powerful engine allows the Beemer to get 29 mpg combined, but like the Miata, it can only seat two people.

The 2022 Ford Mustang and 2022 Chevy Corvette are gas guzzlers

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Many other sports cars get a fuel economy that’s over 20 mpg, but that’s not the case with the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Corvette, according to Consumer Reports. The Mustang, with its standard engine, does get more than 20 mpg, but Consumer Reports tested its 5.0-liter V8 engine, which gets 460 horsepower but only 19 mpg. The Corvette only comes with one engine, a 6.2-liter V8 that gets 495 hp. This V8 engine also allows the Chevy to get a combined 19 mpg rating. 

While both sports cars are going to be fast, neither is going to be cheap. The Corvette starts at about $61,000, but thanks to its new engine layout and other design upgrades, the Corvette handles very well. The standard Mustang starts at about $27,000, but the V8 option will cost at least $36,000. Either way, customers will have to pay a lot of money for these models and then a lot of money at the pump.

There are probably sports cars with worse fuel economy though

While those two models were the least efficient sports cars in the segment, according to Consumer Reports, there probably are sports cars that are even less efficient than them. This is because, rather than get gas mileage quotes from the EPA, Consumer Reports is doing its own tests on the cars’ fuel economy. As such, there’s the practical issue of automakers having a lot of engine options available for many vehicles.

Consumer Reports doesn’t have the resources to test the fuel economies of all of those cars. This is especially true due to the presence of costly and exotic car models, which CR avoids due to availability issues and a lack of interest from their audience. After all, most drivers aren’t going to have over $100,000 to spend on a new sports car, and those that do probably aren’t paying attention to reliability issues and fuel economy ratings.

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