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The most fuel-efficient cars

These gas sippers are easy on the wallet

Last updated: February 2014

With continued high gas prices, fuel economy is a important factor to consider when buying a few car.  There are many options for finding a fuel sipper and models include electrics, hybrids, and conventional gasoline engines.  

Among Consumer Reports' vehicle test criteria are measurements of fuel economy. Our fuel economy numbers come from our measurements using 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 expressway driving.

The chart that follows features the 36 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 subscribers), which lists each vehicle's overall mileage. (Find out how you can compare these cars and get unlimited price reports with Cars Best Deals Plus.)

Rank Make & model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG
1 Mitsubishi i SE 111¹ 104¹ 116¹
2 Ford Focus Electric 107¹ 108¹ 107¹
3 Nissan Leaf SL 106¹ 86¹ 118¹
4 Chevrolet Volt 61² 45² 76²
5 Tesla Model S (base, 85kWh) 81¹ 65¹ 102¹
6 Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 47² 38² 55²
7 Toyota Prius Four 44 32 55
8 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
9 Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
10 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
11 Honda Civic Hybrid 40 28 50
12 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE 39 35 41
13 Smart ForTwo Passion 39 30 44
14 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
15 Honda Insight EX 38 29 45
16 Volkswagen Golf TDI (MT) 38 27 49
17 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 35 38
18 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
19 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 37 26 51
20 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 29 43
21 Lexus ES 300h 36 28 44
22 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT) 36 25 49
23 Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 35 26 45
24 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
25 Scion iQ 34 27 40
26 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 25 45
27 Fiat 500 Pop (MT) 34 25 42
28 Scion xD (MT) 34 25 40
29 Mazda2 Sport (MT) 33 25 40
30 Fiat 500 Sport (MT) 33 24 42
31 Mini Cooper (base, MT) 33 24 41
32 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 33 24 40
33 Honda Fit Sport (MT) 33 24 37
34 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
35 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 33 22 49
36 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45

1 = MPGe
2 = composite of electricity & gas


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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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