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Best & worst fuel economy

Fuel sippers and guzzlers in all vehicle categories

Last updated: September 2014

The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our real-world tests. We have selected mpg cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example, a vehicle that gets 19 mpg would not be a standout among wagons, but it would be among the highest in the midsized SUV or minivan categories. 

Click through to each model overview page to find out how the vehicles rate in our road tests, reliability, safety, and more.

Best

Rank Make & Model Overall mpg City mpg Highway mpg
FUEL-EFFICIENT HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 38 or higher 
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 Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 47 ** 38 ** 55 **
7 Toyota Prius Four 44 32 55
8 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
9 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
10 Smart ForTwo Passion 39 30 44
11 Honda Insight EX 38 29 45
* = MPGe
**
= MPG on gas engine only
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher
1 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
37 28 47
2 Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 25 46
3 Scion iQ 34 27 40
4 Scion xD (MT) 34 25 40
5 Mazda2 Sport (MT) 33 25 40
6 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45
7 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback (MT) 32 24 40
8 Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT) 32 23 42
9 Toyota Yaris LE 32 23 41
10 Nissan Versa SV sedan 32 23 40
11 Nissan Versa Note SV 32 22 42
12 Chevrolet Spark 1LT
31 22 39
13 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan 31 20 45
COMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 29 or higher
1 Honda Civic Hybrid 40 28 50
2 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
3 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 25 45
4 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
5 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 33 22 49
6 Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback
32 24 41
7 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 23 43
8 Mini Cooper (3-cyl)
31 22 41
9 Ford Focus SE SFE 31 21 43
10 Honda Civic EX
30 21 40
11 Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T) 30 21 39
12 Nissan Sentra SV
29 21 38
13 Hyundai Elantra GLS 29 20 39
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 28 or higher (tested with manual transmission)
1 Honda CR-Z EX 35 26 45
2 Fiat 500c Pop 34 25 42
3 Fiat 500 Sport 33 24 42
4 Mini Cooper S 30 23 38
5 Hyundai Veloster 31 24 37
6 Scion FR-S 30 23 37
7 Subaru BR-Z Premium 30 23 37
8 Ford Fiesta ST
29 21 36
9 Honda Civic Si 29 20 39
10 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn
29 20 39
9 Fiat 500 Abarth 28 21 34
10 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 28 20 35
11 BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 19 38
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 26 or higher
1 Honda Accord Hybrid
40 32 47
2 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 35 41
3 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
4 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 37 26 51
5 Mazda6 Sport 32 22 44
6 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.) 31 21 44
7 Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 21 40
8 Volkswagen Passat SE (1.8T)
28 19 39
9 Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 27 19 41
10 Hyundai Sonata SE (4.-cyl) 28 18 40
11 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 26 18 35
12 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 26 17 38
13 Toyota Camry XLE (V6) 26 17 37
14 Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 26 16 39
UPSCALE/LUXURY CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher
1 Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 84* 65* 102*
2 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 29 43
3 Lexus ES 300h
36 28 44
4 BMW 328d xDrive
35 24 49
5 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
6 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
30 21 41
7 Audi A7 3.0 TDI 28 19 41
8 Acura ILX 2.0 L 28 19 40
9 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 19 39
10 BMW 328i 28 19 39
11 Audi A3 Premium
27 18 40
12 Buick LaCrosse (base 4-cyl.) 26 18 39
13 Volkswagen CC Sport 26 18 35
14 Acura TSX 25 17 35
15 Audi A4 Premium 25 17 35
16 Lexus ES 350 25 17 35
17 Infiniti M35h 25 17 33
18 Mercedes-Benz C250 24 17 34
19 Acura TL 24 16 35
20 Toyota Avalon Limited 24 16 34
21 Buick Verano Leather 24 16 33
22 Buick Regal Premium I (turbo) 24 15 35
WAGONS & HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 26 or higher
1 Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
2 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 35 38
3 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT) 36 25 49
4 Nissan Cube 1.8 S 28 21 33
5 Ford Focus SEL 28 19 39
6 Fiat 500L Easy 27 18 37
7 Hyundai Elantra GT 27 18 37
8 Kia Soul Plus 26 19 33
9 Subaru Impreza Sport Premium 26 19 33
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 22 or higher
1 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 28 21 35
2 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
3 Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
4 Subaru Forester 26 18 35
5 Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.0L)
25 19 32
6 Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 25 19 32
7 Nissan Juke SV 24 18 31
8 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 18 31
9 Nissan Rogue SV 24 17 30
10 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 23 18 28
11 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 23 17 30
12 BMW X1 xDrive28i 23 16 32
13 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
14 Honda CR-V EX 23 16 32
15 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 29
16 Kia Sportage LX (4-cyl.) 22 16 30
17 Hyundai Tucson GLS 22 16 28
18 Ford Escape SE 22 15 31
19 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)
22 15 31
20 Ford Escape Titanium 22 15 29
21 Jeep Compass Latitude
22 15 29
22 Acura RDX 22 14 31
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher
1 Lexus RX 450h 26 22 31
2 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.
25 18 32
3 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)
24 17 32
4 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 24 17 31
5 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
6 Lexus RX 350 21 15 27
7 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
8 Ford Edge SEL (4-cyl., FWD) 21 14 29
9 BMW X5 xDrive 35i 21 14 28
10 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 20 14 29
11 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec
20 14 28
12 Toyota Highlander XLE 20 14 27
13 Acura MDX Tech 20 13 29
14 Kia Sorento EX (V6) 20 13 28
15 Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 14 26
16 Infiniti JX 19 13 26
17 Nissan Murano SL 19 13 26
18 Mercedes-Benz ML350 18 13 25
19 Nissan Pathfinder SL 18 13 25
20 Infiniti FX35 18 13 24
21 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 18 13 23
22 Cadillac SRX Luxury 18 12 26
23 Ford Edge SEL (V6)
18 12 26
24 Ford Explorer XLT
18 12 26
25 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6)
18 12 25
26 Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
18 12 25
27 Honda Pilot EX-L 18 12 25
28 Ford Flex SEL
18 12 25
29 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)
18 12 24
30 Lincoln MKX 18 12 24
31 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6) 18 12 24
 MINIVANS Overall mpg = 19 or higher
1 Ford Transit Connect XLT (2.5L)
21 15 27
2 Honda Odyssey 21 13 31
3 Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 14 27
4 Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 13 24
5 Nissan Quest SL 19 13 24
PICKUPS Overall mpg = 16 or higher
1 Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel) 20 14 27
2 Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) 17 13 21
3 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 11 23
4 Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7, turbodiesel) 16 11 23

 

Worst

Rank Make & Model Overall mpg City mpg Highway mpg
SMALL CARS Overall mpg = 24 or less
1 Volkswagen Golf 2.5 24 17 34
2 Scion xB 23 16 30
ROADSTERS/SPORTY CARS Overall mpg = 17 or less
1 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS convertible 17 11 25
UPSCALE/LUXURY SEDANS Overall mpg = 18 or less
1 Chevrolet SS 17 12 23
2 BMW 750Li 18 12 25
3 Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)
18 12 28
4 Chrysler 300 C 18 12 29
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 14 or less
1 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 13 8 18
2 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer 13 8 18
3 Nissan Armada Platinum 13 9 18
4 Cadillac Escalade (base) 13 9 21
5 Chevrolet Suburban LT3 14 9 20
6 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 14 9 20
7 Toyota Land Cruiser 14 10 20
MINIVANS Overall mpg = 17 or less
1 Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L 17 11 27

 

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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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