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The most fuel-efficient cars

These gas sippers are easy on the wallet

Last updated: October 2014

With continued high gas prices, fuel economy is an important factor to consider when buying a new car. 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 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-MiEV SE 111* 104* 116*
2 Ford Focus Electric 107* 108* 107*
3 Nissan Leaf SL 106* 86* 118*
4 Chevrolet Volt 99* / 32** 76* / 23** 118* / 41**
5 Ford C-Max Energi 94* / 37** 87* / 36** 98* / 38**
6 Tesla Model S (base, 85kWh) 84¹ 65¹ 102¹
7 Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 47² 38² 55²
8 Toyota Prius Four 44 32 55
9 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
10 Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
11 Honda Accord Hybrid
40 32 47
12 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
13 Honda Civic Hybrid 40 28 50
14 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE 39 35 41
15 Smart ForTwo Passion 39 30 44
16 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
17 Honda Insight EX 38 29 45
18 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 35 38
19 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
20 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
37 28 47
21 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 37 26 51
22 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 29 43
23 Lexus ES 300h 36 28 44
24 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT) 36 25 49
25 Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 35 26 45
26 Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 25 46
27 BMW 328d xDrive 35 24 49
28 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
29 Scion iQ 34 27 40
30 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 25 45
31 Fiat 500 Pop (MT) 34 25 42
32 Honda Fit EX 33 24 42
33 Mazda2 Sport (MT) 33 25 40
34 Fiat 500 Sport (MT) 33 24 42
35 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
36 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 33 22 49
37 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45

* = MPGe
** = MPG on gas only


In addition to research and reviews, Consumer Reports offers subscribers access to the Build & Buy Car Buying Service at no additional cost. Through this service, a nationwide network of more than 7,000 participating dealers provide upfront pricing information, as well as a certificate to receive guaranteed savings off MSRP (in most states). The pricing information and guaranteed savings includes eligible incentives. Consumer Reports subscribers have saved an average of $2,919 off MSRP with the Build & Buy Car Buying Service.

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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