Take a Sip

There's no chug-a-lug-lug when these cars hit the pump.
This story first appeared in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Concerned about gas mileage but still need a business sedan that doesn't scream "economy car"? These models cut fuel costs while maintaining your image as a successful entrepreneur.

Acura TL: The hottest-selling sedan from Honda's luxury division lists for just under $30,000, gets 19 mpg city/29 highway with automatic transmission and boasts a 3.2-liter, V6, 225 horsepower engine. Currently available 2002 models have simple, clean lines and are spacious enough for six-footers. With included antilock brakes, the TL was tabbed a Best Buy by Consumer Guide magazine.

Audi A4: Top gas-miser on our list. If you choose the 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission, this four-door gets 23/32 mpg. The more powerful 2.8-liter engine, with 190 horsepower, drops mileage to 18/26. A well-built, nicely detailed sedan, the A4 has several engine options, with prices beginning at $30,340 for a V6 powertrain. Try to sticker-dicker: A 2002 redesign is due in November, and dealers will be eager to clear current inventory.

Chrysler 300M: With a 3.5-liter, V6 engine that pumps out 253 horsepower, mileage is a surprisingly decent 18/26. The near-luxury, roomy $30,000 300M beats out most rivals for passenger and cargo space and has a split folding rear seat. The lengthy standard equipment list includes antilock brakes and snazzy 17-inch chrome wheels, and the car is available with sporty AutoStick manual-shift automatic transmission.

Saab 9-5: Saab's 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine delivers 185 horsepower with manual transmission and ekes out 21/30 mpg. Automatic transmission decreases mileage a mere 1 mpg. Standard equipment includes OnStar and a free 3-year/36,000-mile scheduled maintenance program. Price: $33,000 to $40,000.


Editor and consultant Jill Amadio has reported on the automotive industry for 23 years.

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