It’s not that we dislike fuel-sipping cars.
Quite the opposite; in order to achieve high mpg numbers, economy cars generally possess properties we laud, such as a low curb weight and a manual transmission. Low grip and meager horsepower are part of the eco-friendly bargain, but they also mean the car’s limits can be fully exploited within the legal speed envelope. And they’re affordable. There are plenty of fuel-efficient cars on the market that we’d wholeheartedly recommend to a gearhead friend.