It seems that Popular Mechanics is nearly as interested in fuel efficiency as we are these days. To wit, the online mag has grabbed the keys to three of the latest fuel-sippers on the market in order to wring them out. The goal? Not performance, but fuel efficiency. While the Jetta TDI and the Prius are clearly the headline bearers, we shouldn't forget the lowly Chevy Cobalt XFE. This is the model that General Motors was able to massage EPA ratings of 25 miles per gallon city and 35 highway from. What's it like to drive, and does it approach those figures in the real world?

After about 500 miles of driving, PM achieved an average of 32.3 miles per gallon in combined driving. For a car costing just over $16K, that's pretty good. Remember, that number may be well below those of the Prius or Jetta TDI, but those vehicles may be priced a bit out of the range of many shoppers who'd like to save on their fuel bills. All in all, it's a pretty good effort from Chevrolet and will have to do until the Cruze arrives.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]

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