Coupe

In 2008, when the price of gasoline broke past $4 a gallon for the first time, many drivers started to question the wisdom of owning a large vehicle—especially when most of the time, we travel solo (all too often stuck in traffic). Suddenly, two-seater cars, compacts, and subcompacts started looking like a smart move. Gas prices will continue to go up and down, but the appeal of a growing list of gas-powered, hybrid, and all-electric coupes is here to stay.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

In a culture where you are often perceived by what you drive, showing up in a Fisker Karma is the next best thing to being some kind of star.
33 MPG Plug-in Hybrid $111,000 Now
2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Review

2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Review

Mitsubishi's i-MiEV is the value-priced choice for electric vehicles
112 MPGe Electric $29,100 Now
2012 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

2012 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Can a hybrid compact car be sporty and speedy? Honda tries.
37 MPG Hybrid $20,000 Now
2011 Toyota Yaris

2011 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is the leader of the subcompact triumvirate, which includes the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa.
32 MPG Small Car $13,000 Now
2011 Mini Cooper

2011 Mini Cooper

Matches or beats efficiency of other subcompacts, but with tons more style.
32 MPG Small Car $19,400 Now
2011 Smart ForTwo

2011 Smart ForTwo

The Smart ForTwo is cute and relatively fuel efficient, but underpowered with a clunky transmission.
36 MPG Small Car $12,500 Now
2012 FIAT 500

2012 FIAT 500

Small and loaded with Italian flair, with combined mileage expected in mid-3o-mpg range
33 MPG Small Car $15,500 Now
Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

The rear-wheel drive sporty plug-in hybrid from designer Henrik Fisker.
100 MPG Plug-in Hybrid $96,000 Now
Think City

Think City

A small but viable highway-capable all-electric two-seater from an industry veteran.
MPGe Electric $36,495 Now
2010 Tesla Roadster

2010 Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is a screaming-fast, all-electric two-seater sports car built on the frame of the Lotus Elise.
MPGe Electric $109,000 Discontinued
Toyota FT-EV

Toyota FT-EV

Toyota FT-EV concept, an all-electric car based on the Toyota IQ, offers a driving range of 50 miles.
MPGe Electric $0 Concept
2009 ZAP Xebra

2009 ZAP Xebra

Chinese-built three-wheel road-ready electric vehicle.
MPGe Electric $12,000 Now
Subaru R1e

Subaru R1e

Subaru's concept vehicle to work on getting charge times down to five minutes or so.
MPGe Electric $0 Concept
2010 Mini Cooper Clubman

2010 Mini Cooper Clubman

The same hip and efficient Mini Cooper, but with a longer body and wheelbase.
32 MPG Small Car $20,400 Now
Venturi Fetish

Venturi Fetish

The Venturi Fetish, described by its maker as “the first production electric sports car in automobile history,” will set you back $400,000.
MPGe Electric $400,000 Now
Myers NmG

Myers NmG

The Myers NmG is a funky, single-occupant three-wheeled electric vehicle. That’s right, there’s just enough room for you and a cart’s worth of groceries.
MPGe Electric $36,000 Now
Tango T600

Tango T600

First, throw away all the expected conventions about the appropriate size of your daily car. This all-electric vehicle is half the size, from side to side, of most cars.
MPGe Electric $108,000 Now
Toyota Volta

Toyota Volta

Before the Chevy Volt, there was the Toyota Volta—a super-hip and speedy concept hybrid from Toyota.
MPG Hybrid $0 Concept