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The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

Updated on February 24, 2013

Getting the Best Fuel Economy

With the threat of $5-per-gallon gas prices looming, many people have started to take a second look at vehicle fuel economy. For those who don't know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the fuel economy data that appears on the fuel economy labels that you find on new cars and trucks. This data is intended to help consumers compare features when shopping for vehicles.

With that in mind, what appears below is a list of several of the most fuel-efficient vehicles. Hopefully this will give you and idea of what kind of mileage you might look for in your next purchase.


Chevy Volt

The Volt is a hybrid vehicle that uses both fuel and electricity. It has a combined fuel economy - city and highway - of 60 miles per gallon. (This is weighted as 55% city and 45% highway.)

Annual fuel cost is anticipated to be $1,650 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and gasoline priced at $4.12 per gallon).

FYI: Because electricity isn't measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate fuel economy into "miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent" (mpge) when the vehicle is running on electricity.


Toyota Prius Hybrid

With a combined fuel economy of 50mpg (and a host of other features), it's no surprise that the Prius is the best-selling hybrid in the world, as well as the U.S. Annual fuel cost is estimated to be $1,150 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and current fuel prices).


Honda Civic Hybrid

Needless to say, this is a hybrid version of Honda's immensely popular Civic model. Getting a combined 44 mpg, this vehicle is the second-best-selling hybrid in the U.S. Annual fuel cost is estimated to be $1,300 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and current fuel prices).


Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car. It gets an incredible 99 mpg (combined). As with the Chevy Volt, a conversion factor is used to transpose fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (mpge).

Annual fuel cost is estimated to be $600 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and current fuel prices).


Mitsubishi i-MiEV

As with the other electric vehicles on this list, a conversion factor was used to contrue the i-MiEV's fuel economy as miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (mpge). The result was a mind-boggling 112 mpg (combined) - the highest of any vehicle tested by the EPA and making it the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the market.

Annual fuel cost is estimated to be $550 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and current fuel prices).

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Lexus CT 200h

Lexus, known for its luxury automobile line, gets a more-than-respectable 42 mpg (combined) out of this model.

Annual fuel cost is estimated to be $1400 (based on an estmated 15,000 miles of driving and current fuel prices).


Needless to say, these cars can give you quite a lot of bang for your buck in terms of your fuel economy. With the price of gas ever-increasing, it may not be a bad time to consider the savings you could enjoy with a new fuel-efficient (and environmentally friendly) automobile. Moreover, with the amount you'd save, the car would practically pay for itself.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I've been driving a '06 diesel VW Jetta for the last 150,000 miles and averaging 43 mpg. Mi high is about 52 mpg. I keep wondering why there's so little effort to incorporate a small diesel engine in a hybrid car in the USA. Great lens.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      @Stacy Birch: I currently drive an old Geo Metro (1987 model). Great on gas and so easy to maneuver!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i prefer also japanese hybrid cars. they are more technically advanced. very environmental-minded lens. blessings.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I like the Toyota and Honda hybrid.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Tesla motors have some nice designed hybrids.

      Too expensive right now!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I drove a Prius and it was a very surprising experience, I thought it is a slow, boring car but it wasn't!

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      wreathmaker 5 years ago

      The Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf actually look sporty!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Electric cars and hybrids have bright future for sure:)

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      My favorites are the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. Very resourceful lens!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Each time we consider it, the price differential gets in the way, for this older couple. I fully support and encourage all who can to do so! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have seriously considered buying the Chevy Volt and I keep hearing good things about this Car!! ;)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Oldies like me would love to have an electric or hybrid car but the cost is prohibitive to do the change. This is a good lens but I would credit the source of your facts and figures. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Classic and Vintage Cars. Hugs

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      They need to make the geo metro again, they made up to 50 miles per gal.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'd like to buy a new car but I really don't like the quality and look of the cars right now. Have you noticed that they have very little or no chrome on them? To me they look cheap. I'm sticking with the car I have for now. See what they come up with next year. I guess if I were having to travel a lot I'd be tempted by something smaller.

      Thanks for this lens. Very informative! ~*~Angel Blessed~*~

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      It's not electric or hybrid, but my little 3 door Hyundai Accent is great on gas! And it's fun to drive too.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I would love to have Toyota Prius Hybrid :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      New Toyota Prius is definetely my choice :-) Good sharing..

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      My son test drove a Chevy Volt the other day. He loves everything about it, but the price.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      If I would have the money Toyota Prius Hybrid it will be my choice !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm not a huge fan of the current crop of electrics but I know there is considerable research done on an ongoing basis to improve batteries. Once they have that figured out I might consider an electric or a hybrid.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Right now I'm driving a gas guzzling minivan (3 kids, but they'll be off to college in the next few years), but once it breaks down I'll be able to consider a smaller car.

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      love the hybrid cars and loved the lens too..

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      jmasters-electric-cars 5 years ago

      Great article, thanks

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      My mom loves her 2005 Prius and the 50 mpg is realistic, even on the older ones. I think about buying a fuel efficient car in the future.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: I think the conversion is 1 mile = 1.6 Km, so that would be 28.8mpg in the ciy and 38.4 on the highway. Not bad at all!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The car that I own now is currently the second cheapest production model in the world! I am very happy with it as it gives me 18 Km / litre in the city and 24 Km / litre (KPL - Kilometre per Litre) on the highway! (Not sure how that converts to MPG (Miles per Gallon!)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I drive a Camry Hybrid that gets about 39 mpg. It is the smoothes, quietist, most amazing car that I've owned. I'll add that careful and purposeful driving helps. As a result, I fill the tank about once per month.