The Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

By Ashley Henshaw. May 7th 2016

With gas prices rising all over the country, many people are reevaluating their own vehicles and considering a purchase of one that’s more fuel-efficient. If you’re hoping to save at the pump, check out these cars which are the most fuel-efficient on the market today.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mistsubishi i-MiEV is an all-electric vehicle that has one of the best fuel efficiency ratings of any vehicle. It offers 99 mpg on the highway and a whopping 126 mpg in the city. This car is a subcompact so it offers less interior space than some other vehicles on the list. However, it did clinch the first place spot on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fuel Economy Leaders list for 2012. In addition, it has zero tailpipe emissions.

Ford Focus EV

Another electric vehicle, the Ford Focus EV has fuel economy rates that are just astounding. Drivers of this vehicle can expect 99 mpg on the highway and 110 mpg in the city. The Focus EV’s fuel efficiency is especially impressive when you consider that it is a compact (rather than a subcompact) car.

Nissan Leaf SL

This little four-door hatchback is near the top of the list for the most fuel-efficient car. It has an amazing fuel economy of up to 106 mpg in the city and 92 mpg on the highway. It boasts an all-electric engine and has the distinction of being the first mass-market electric vehicle. Additionally, in many cases, you are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit with the purchase of this car.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is another top choice for fuel efficiency in the compact car category. It offers drivers the option of using premium fuel or electricity to power their car. That means the car gets an impressive 62 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg in the city. Hybrids like this are popular due to the fact that they can travel farther without having to recharge like an electric vehicle.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is by far one of the most popular fuel-efficient cars (CNN reports that it accounts for 50 percent of all hybrid car sales in America), partly because it’s a midsize rather than a compact or subcompact vehicle. Even with added interior space, the Prius still offers 48 mpg on the highway and 51 mpg in the city.

Honda Civic Hybrid

The Civic has long been one of America’s most popular vehicles, so it’s only natural that the hybrid version is equally pleasing to drivers. This compact car gets 44 mpg on the highway and in the city.

Lexus CT200h

This hybrid vehicle is a great middle-range choice. As a four-door hatchback, it offers considerable interior and cargo space while still providing good fuel efficiency. This car delivers with 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. It also uses regular fuel instead of premium like many other hybrids on the market today.

Scion iQ

At just 10 feet in length, this car is so small it’s actually classified as a micro-subcompact, but that can be ideal for those with limited parking space. It’s also under $20,000, so it’s a bargain price-wise. The fuel for this little car won’t cost you much either – it gets 37 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg in the city.

Smart ForTwo

Another micro-subcompact, this little two-door hatchback is another winner when it comes to fuel efficiency. The Smart ForTwo gets 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. It’s another great option for those who just need something simple to get them around town and don’t need the extra seats or cargo space.

Ford Escape Hybrid

If you need a bigger vehicle but you still want to save on gas, then check out the Ford Escape Hybrid. This is a small crossover that offers tons more interior and cargo space with great fuel efficiency to boot. The Escape Hybrid gets 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Plus, it’s quite close in price to many of the smaller vehicles on the list at about $31,000.

Whether you choose the electric, hybrid or traditional route, choosing a car that’s rated for excellent fuel economy is a great way to help you save money in the long run. When you think of how much you’ll be saving each time you fill up the tank, it’s well worth it to consider one of these vehicles. Plus, more and more cities are installing charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles, so it’s a great time to make your driving habits more eco-friendly.


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