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Best Good Gas Mileage Cars 2009

Updated on October 1, 2010
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2009 Toyota Prius
2009 Toyota Prius
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
2009 Mini Cooper
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2009 Smart Fortwo
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta
2009 Volkswagen Jetta
2009 Toyota Yaris
2009 Toyota Yaris
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
2009 Honda Fit
2009 Honda Fit

 Best Gas Mileage Cars 2009

The price of gas has gone down but that doesn’t mean that people are letting go of their concerns about getting good gas mileage from their vehicles. Withy the economy in a precarious state and worries about environmental concerns still high, people continue to be interested in finding the best gas mileage cars that they can get even though the price per gallon of gas isn’t in quite the fearsome place it was in during much of 2008.

If you’re looking into purchasing a new car in 2009 and you’ve got an eye towards getting a car with some good gas mileage then here are some of the top picks that you’ll want to think about purchasing (note that the gas mileage listed below is an average and that there’s sometimes a big difference between mpg in the city and those on the highway):

Toyota Prius

People who want a green car tend to still think of the Toyota Prius first and foremost. There’s a reason for that. This hybrid vehicle gets the best gas mileage of almost all cars on the road today (nearly fifty miles to the gallon) and it’s a reliable car that’s roomy enough for families. It should be noted, however, that the base price of the Toyota Prius has gone up over the years. It’s still a great car if you’re looking just at fuel efficiency but if you also want to take other things into consideration when buying a car this year then you may want to at least consider some of the other great gas mileage cars on this list.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry has long been a popular car for average drivers who are seeking a reliable vehicle that gets good gas mileage and is affordable enough to drive off of the lot on a basic budget. Even the hybrid version of the Toyota Camry is affordable for most people who are seeking to purchase a new car in 2009. And since it is a hybrid it does get terrific gas mileage; it gets over 35 miles per gallon steadily and can sometimes get over 40 miles per gallon.

Honda Civic Hybrid

There are some people who prefer Hondas to Toyotas so someone who may otherwise purchase the Camry hybrid may look instead at the Civic hybrid. By most accounts this car gets slightly better gas mileage than the Camry but the difference is negligible. Both are good cars and they both get great gas mileage so it’s really a matter of personal preference in terms of the qualities of the car that aren’t related to fuel efficiency.

MINI Cooper

There is a reason that a lot of people are turning towards smaller cars these days and that’s because smaller cars tend to get the best gas mileage. That’s true of the new MINI Cooper cars which are small in size and great on gas. They get over 30 miles per gallon so you can go and go for quite awhile in comparison to many of the larger cars that are out there on the road. If you need a little bit more room than a MINI Cooper can give you, perhaps you’d do well to get a MINI Clubman which is a new vehicle that has the same edgy style as the MINI Cooper with a little more legroom.

Smart Fortwo

If you’re really looking for a small car then perhaps a two-seater Smart car would be more up your alley. This isn’t the right car for most people but there’s a certain segment of car buyer (particularly single folks living in urban areas where parking is limited) who want a tiny vehicle. This one is tiny all right and it gets over 30 mpg so it’s easy on the pocketbook at the gas station.

Volkswagen Jetta

The Jetta is a car that often gets overlooked by the average driver but actually gets some decent attention from those drivers who are truly concerned with getting good gas mileage. That’s because it’s a car that doesn’t require a hybrid engine to get the kind of great gas mileage that you would expect from a hybrid car. It’s easy to get about 35 miles per gallon with this car and these are well-made cars that will last you a long time which is something that the person purchasing a vehicle in 2009 is probably concerned about. There is some variation in the fuel efficiency between the different types of Jettas (sportwagens, diesels, manual transmissions) but they all get good gas mileage.

Toyota Yaris

Personally I’m not a huge fan of this car because it’s kind of basic without a lot of frills and the design of the vehicle isn’t aesthetically appealing to me. Nevertheless, it is a solid car and it’s one that gets good gas mileage without costing you a lot in terms of the purchase of the vehicle itself (the car only costs around $12000). There are 2-door, 4-door and 5-door versions of the Toyota Yaris and they all get good gas mileage (averaging about 30 miles per gallon according to most reports) but the 2-door version gets slightly better gas mileage than the other options for this car.

Ford Escape Hybrid

People aren’t as inclined to purchase a big vehicle these days but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t at least a few SUV buyers out there. The Ford Escape Hybrid is a good choice for the individual who still wants the luxury of an SUV (although technically this is a crossover or CUV) but who also wants to get a good deal in terms of the gas mileage of the vehicle. Since it’s well built and it’s got a hybrid engine, this 2009 vehicle gets over 30 miles to the gallon.

Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Another vehicle that is comparable to the Ford Escape Hybrid is this one from Mercury. It gets about the same gas mileage and has about as much room inside of it as the Ford Escape Hybrid so this is another case where the choice between the two vehicles comes down to personal preference.

Mazda Tribute Hybrid

There is one more vehicle that falls right in line with the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids and that’s the Mazda Tribute. Again, it’s really similar to those cars in terms of the miles per gallon, the total car cost and the size of the vehicle so you just have to try them out and see which of these good gas mileage CUVs is right for you.

Honda Fit

Another type of large vehicle that some people may continue to take an interest in despite an overall decline in the popularity of the car type is the station wagon. The Honda Fit is considered to be a small station wagon and the most fuel efficient in its category of cars. It gets over 30 miles per gallon which is good for a car of its size.

Note: The information for this hub was compiled through research at the sites shown in the links below.


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    metaxeirismena aytokinhta 6 years ago

    great hub.I enjoyed looking and reading about car.I'm totally in love with cars.My first car comes from my dad.IT is a metaxeirismena aytokinhta but when i drive it it got me crazy.

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    Auto Warranty National Vehicle Protection Services  6 years ago

    I agree. Very nice hub page

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    tc2635 6 years ago from Portugal

    Good information in this hub! :)

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    jamil 7 years ago

    How about Andie's pink car in Pretty in Pink...think it was a Carmann Ghia...loved it the second I saw it in the film.

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    Kyle246 7 years ago from United States

    nice hub, but what about the ford fusion hybrid?

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    dcasas 7 years ago

    Honda civic and fit FTW!

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    carservice 8 years ago

    Nice post about gas mileage cars =)

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    GeronimoT 8 years ago

    Awesome info Kathryn!

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    nycarsforsale 8 years ago from TX, USA

    Before start your expedition to buy your car it is important to understand the type of car that you need to buy. If you feel buying a car burns a hole in your pocket, you can check for options of used cars.

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    Shannon Paulk 8 years ago

    I love that there are OPTIONS now for purchasing an car that gets good gas mileage. We used to be forced to accept small boxy cars, but these new additions offer a least a little bit more style.

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    Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    It's amazing to me that the Geo/Chevy Metro was never brought back with all this hype and craze over gas prices and gas mileage. This was not necessarily an impressive car to look at, but it wasn't ugly either. Or should I say, not nearly as ugly as that Prius up there. The Toyota Prius gas mileage is not that impressive to me either when I look back at the sticker that was on the window of my 1996 Geo Metro I used to drive. I belive it was 52 highway and 48 or 49 city. And I can tell you, I got fairly close to that. And this wasn't a hybrid car, it just had three cylinders instead of 4 and a manual transmission. Think the car didn't giddyup? It had no problem with pickup nor acceleration—especially with the manual transmission. And despite its small size, it actually was fairly roomy.

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    Stevejerry 8 years ago

    Hey..Great Information about gas mileage cars.. :)

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    hdy 8 years ago from Texas

    great hub on best gas mileage cars this year...

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    Free God Of War 8 years ago

    If I had to choose... I'd choose Mini Cooper!

    Great Hub!

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    RYPcontent 8 years ago from Chatham, IL

    Nice Hub!

    I just added it to my list of "Hubs About Other Green / Concept Car Topics" at



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    fritteritter 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

    Nice hub but the fact that mostly all of them say "over 30 mpg" instead of quoting any specific figures makes the vehicles difficult to compare. Perhaps you could add some specific city/highway figures from

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    Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

    Thank you for the info and the links.


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    AllanWilson 8 years ago from CA, USA

    Great hub and models as your present, thank you.

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    Bentley Fan 8 years ago

    Some great information, thanks!

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    lovemyself 8 years ago

    Great hub!

    I like it!

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    mehedi 8 years ago

    nice articale, i enjoy it when i read

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    Azad Faliv 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Great information as the price of gas is going back up again. I am a fan of the Toyota Prius as well as the Volkswagon Jetta. Both of them are cars that I would be interested in driving.

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    EcoAsh 8 years ago from Hemet

    I like the Mercury Mariner Hybrids. That would be an SUV that I could get and feel good about. Honda Insight is nice too.

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    Glenn250 8 years ago from New Zealand

    A very informative post indeed. I myself tend towards more power with mileage being a secondary issue. Having said that I am quite a fan of the mini cooper especially inside the city.

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    RYPcontent 9 years ago from Chatham, IL

    I'll be glad when the market demand continues to drive the MPG's of cars down. Unless I need the towing or hauling power, I'd rather have better gas mileage than power.

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    BROWNEYE 9 years ago

    very good post.. cheers!

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    earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Timely and informative hub.

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    DarleneMarie 9 years ago from USA

    Very informative Hub Kathryn!