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This week, the Window Shop cast went in search of fuel-efficient vehicles for $5000 or less. We wondered, what’s out there that offers great mileage but is also stylish, fun to drive, reasonably priced, in good condition, and something you’d want to own? A tall order, to be sure, but we found some candidates that meet the prompt. Mostly.

Notably, no one submitted a Toyota Prius for scrutiny. While an excellent, fuel-efficient, and reliable machine, the Prius’s complete lack of driving joy led us to consider other avenues, such as a first-gen Honda Insight and a 1999 Mercedes-Benz E300 diesel. Those are probably the best choices we have to offer, as a few members of our team went off the rails a bit and picked underpowered diesels from the 1980s. Even senior editor Joey Capparella, a man known for making rational car purchases, made an uncharacteristic French pick. If you watch the entire episode, you’ll lose about 28 minutes of your life, but you will get to hear some interesting C/D history, including how we bent the rules to win a fuel-economy challenge and how we once raced a 1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88 diesel across the country.

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