With cars like these, who needs hybrids?

A lot of cars today manage to get high fuel economy numbers without needing hybrid technology.

1 of 6
BACKNEXT
Ford Fiesta SFE
Price: $16,610
Mileage: 29 City / 40 Hwy

With gas prices rising again, hybrid car sales are up. But a new crop of cars that manage to reach the fuel efficiency heights without relying on extra battery power are getting attention, too. And these cars could make hybrids a tougher sell by getting their big fuel economy gains at a lower cost.

For instance, those who get a Ford Fiesta with the SFE package can get EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon on the highway.That's 3 mpg better than the standard Fiesta, which is no gas pig to start with.

And, Ford boasts, the SFE Fiesta pulls off 40 mpg using an ultra-efficient automatic transmission, while others rely on manual shifters for maximum fuel economy. Also contributing to the gain are side air deflectors that push air flow out around the car and a super lightweight spare tire.



NEXT: Chevrolet Cruze ECO
Last updated March 24 2011: 5:27 AM ET
More Galleries
5 ways retailers are tracking you If you think pesky salespeople are invading your personal space, check out these 5 technologies that are tracking your movements throughout a store. More
Moto X vs. Droid Turbo: Which Droid should you buy? Motorola has made the two best Android smartphones this year. Here's how they stack up. More
My part-time job is a dead end, but it's all I can find CNNMoney profiles 4 of America's 7 million part-time workers unable to find full-time jobs. More

Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.