Today's cars have many features that were unavailable in the 1980s and '90s, but they fall short in fuel economy. Other than the Toyota Prius
, Honda Civic
hybrid and Smart ForTwo
, no car available today gets a combined rating over 35 mpg. Here are cars from the recent past that were great on gas. -- Times staff writer Ken Bensinger 1989 Honda Civic CR-X
The sports hatchback came in a fuel-efficient HF model, with an engine originally rated at 52 mpg (now adjusted to 45). A small car, it was popular with tuners -- who often subbed huge speakers for back seats -- and still has quite a following, despite the 63-horsepower engine.