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Issue Date: September 20, 2004

Gas sippers with pop
“Fuel efficient” need not translate to slow, ugly and low-performance. We can enjoy powerful, capable and fun-to-drive sport vehicles that are also reasonably fuel-efficient. Here are four standouts:

By Eric Peters
Special to the Times

2005 Volkswagen Touareg diesel V-10

Engine: 5-liter Turbo Direct Injection diesel V-10.

Horsepower: 310.

Miles/gallon: 17 city; 23 highway.

Price: $57,800.

Output: It provides an impressive 553 pound feet of torque at just 2,000 revolutions per minute. It pulls like a locomotive — endowing the Touareg with the ability to tow 7,716 pounds — but doesn’t sound or smell like one. Nails 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Passing power is particularly exceptional.

Etc.: It has the easy power of a big-block V-8 (for those of you old enough to remember), but its 23 mpg is astounding economy for a midsize SUV with this much performance. The price is a big jump over the $42,600 V-8 equipped model, but the diesel’s approximate 10-12 mpg advantage in overall fuel efficiency could easily make up the difference over eight to 10 years.

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Electric

Engine: 2.3-liter Zetec four-cylinder with high-torque electric motor and full-time all-wheel drive transaxle.

Horsepower: 200.

Miles/gallon: 36 city; 31 highway.

Price: $25,000...............
http://www.navytimes.com/story.php?f=1-NAVYPAPER-343588.php
 
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