The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

These gas sippers are easy on the wallet

Last updated: July 2016

BMW i3

Fuel economy is an important factor to consider when buying a new car, even when gas prices are down—they won't stay that way forever. Many conventional cars today offer impressive fuel economy, especially in contrast to what you may be trading in. Further, alternative powertrains offer an increasing arrary of choices, with diesels, electrics, and hybrids each carry appeal for different drivers.  

Measuring fuel economy is among our more than 50 tests we conduct on each car we purchase. Our fuel economy numbers are derived from a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).

CR's overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and highway driving.

The chart that follows features the most fuel-efficient cars currently sold that Consumer Reports has tested (see our list of the most fuel-efficient SUVs). Also see our Ratings comparison by category (available to online subscribers), which lists each vehicle's overall mileage.

Rank Make & model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG
1 BMW i3 Giga 139* 135* 141*
2 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE 111* 104* 116*
3 Ford Focus Electric 107* 108* 107*
4 Nissan Leaf SL 106* 86* 118*
5 Chevrolet Volt LT 105* 99* 109*
6 Ford C-Max Energi 94* / 37** 87* / 36** 98* / 38**
7 Tesla Model S P85D
87* 64* 110*
8 Toyota Prius Three 52 43 59
9 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
10 Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
11 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
12 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 39 31 46
13 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE 39 35 41
14 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
15 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 35 38
16 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
17 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
37 28 47
18 Lexus ES 300h 36 28 44
19 Smart ForTwo Passion 36 25 48
20 Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 35 26 45
21 Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 25 46
22 BMW 328d xDrive 35 24 49
23 Scion iA 35 24 48
24 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
25 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club (MT)
34 25 42
26 Fiat 500 Pop (MT) 34 25 42
27 Fiat 500 Sport (MT) 33 24 42
28 Honda Fit EX 33 24 42
29 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
30 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45

* = MPGe
** = MPG on gas only

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Best and worst new cars

See our best and worst section to help filter down your purchase considerations including best new cars under $25K, best and worst new car values, and most fun to drive. Plus, check out our guide to fuel economy for gas saving tips.





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