• Automatic models achieve 25 city mpg and 34 mpg on the highway
  • Manual versions get 22-mpg city and 30-mpg highway
  • The BRZ and FR-S are more efficient than most rivals

The federal government's Environmental Protection Agency recently released the official fuel economy ratings for the new Subaru BRZ coupe and its mechanical twin, the Scion FR-S. While the EPA says models equipped with an automatic transmission will deliver better gas mileage their manual counterparts, all versions of the sporty coupe are good for at least 30-miles per gallon in highway driving.

When equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the EPA says the BRZ and FR-S are capable of returning 22-miles per gallon in the city and 30-mpg on the highway, or 25-mpg in combined driving. Opt for the available 6-speed automatic transmission, however, and fuel economy ratings shoot up to 25-mpg in the city and 34-mpg on the highway, or 28-mpg combined.

While those ratings may not match the latest economy cars, they place the BRZ and FR-S ahead of nearly all of their sporty rivals. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis 2.0T, for example, achieves a slightly less efficient 21-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway - and it requires premium fuel, which is unlikely to be necessary in the BRZ and FR-S. At 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (with automatic transmission), even Scion's own tC can't match the fuel economy rating of the sporty twins from Scion and Subaru.

With the official fuel economy numbers released, the BRZ and FR-S are one step closer to arriving in dealerships after a very long wait. Featuring a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the BRZ and FR-S can go from 0-60 mph in around seven seconds, on their way to a top speed of 143 mph. The result of a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the rear-wheel drive twins are also said to feature exceptional handling that rivals several of today's high-end sports cars.

According to Toyota, the Scion FR-S will be priced from $24,930 including destination when it goes on sale this spring. Although Subaru has yet to announce pricing for the BRZ, the automaker confirmed the sports car would start "around $25,000" when it arrives in dealerships around the same time.

What it means to you: It won't be long before the FR-S and BRZ reach dealerships - and when they do, they'll tout some impressive fuel economy numbers on their window stickers.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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