Best & Worst Fuel Economy

Best & Worst Fuel Economy

Fuel sippers and guzzlers in all vehicle categories

Last updated: July 2016

The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our 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 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 Toyota Prius Three 52 43 59
8 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
9 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
* = MPGe
**
= MPG on gas engine only
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher
1 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
37 28 47
2 Smart ForTwo Passion 36 25 48
3 Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 25 46
4 Scion iA 35 24 48
5 Honda Fit EX 33 24 42
6 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45
7 Chevrolet Spark LT
33 23 44
8 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback (MT) 32 24 40
9 Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT) 32 23 42
10 Toyota Yaris LE 32 23 41
11 Nissan Versa SV sedan 32 23 40
12 Nissan Versa Note SV 32 22 42
13 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan 31 20 45
COMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 29 or higher
1 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
2 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
3 Hyundai Elantra SE
33 21 49
4 Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback
32 24 41
5 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 23 43
6 Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.4T) 30 21 39
7 Honda Civic LX
32 21 45
8 Scion iM
31 22 42
9 Honda Civic EX-T 31 21 45
10 Mini Cooper (3-cyl)
31 22 41
11 Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T) 30 21 39
12 Chevrolet Cruze LT
30 19 47
13 Nissan Sentra SV
29 21 38
14 Ford Focus SE (2.0) 29 19 43
15 Ford Focus SE (1.0) 29 18 44
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 28 or higher (tested with manual transmission)
1 Honda CR-Z EX 35 26 45
2 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club (MT)
34 25 42
3 Fiat 500c Pop 34 25 42
4 Fiat 500 Sport 33 24 42
5 Mini Cooper S 30 23 38
6 Hyundai Veloster 31 24 37
7 Scion FR-S 30 23 37
8 Subaru BR-Z Premium 30 23 37
9 Ford Fiesta ST
29 21 36
10 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn
29 20 39
11 Fiat 500 Abarth 28 21 34
12 BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 19 38
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 26 or higher
1 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 35 41
2 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 39 31 46
3 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
4 Mazda6 Sport 32 22 44
5 Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 21 40
6 Chrysler 200 Limited (4-cyl.)
30 19 44
7 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 29 19 42
8 Chevrolet Malibu LT (1.5T) 29 19 41
9 Volkswagen Passat SE (1.8T)
28 19 39
10 Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 28 19 38
11 Hyundai Sonata SE (4.-cyl) 28 18 40
12 Kia Optima 28 18 40
13 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 26 17 39
14 Toyota Camry XLE (V6) 26 17 37
15 Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 26 16 39
UPSCALE/LUXURY CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher
1 Tesla Model S P85D 87* 64* 110*
2 Lexus ES 300h
36 28 44
3 BMW 328d xDrive
35 24 49
4 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
5 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
30 21 41
6 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 19 39
7
BMW 328i 28 19 39
8 Acura ILX Premium 28 18 42
9 Acura TLX 2.4L 27 18 41
10 Audi A3 Premium
27 18 40
11 Buick LaCrosse Leather (4-cyl.) 26 18 39
12 Mercedes-Benz C300 (AWD) 26 18 35
13 Volkswagen CC Sport 26 18 35
14 Nissan Maxima Platinum 25 17 36
15 Lexus ES 350 25 17 35
16 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 25 17 33
17
Acura TLX SH-AWD 25 16 36
18 Toyota Avalon Limited 24 16 34
19 Buick Verano Leather 24 16 33
20 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 Mini Clubman Base (3-cyl.) 28 18 40
4 Fiat 500L Easy 27 18 37
5 Kia Soul Plus 26 19 33
6 Subaru Impreza Sport Premium 26 19 33
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 22 or higher
1 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
31 26 36
2 Lexus NX 300h 29 23 34
3 Honda HR-V LX 29 20 39
4 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 28 21 35
5 Mazda CX-3 Touring 28 20 36
6 Mercedes-Benz GLA
26 19 35
7 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
8 Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
9 Subaru Forester 26 18 35
10 Hyundai Tucson Sport (1.6T) 26 18 35
11 BMW X1 xDrive28i 26 17 37
12 Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 25 19 32
13 Chevrolet Trax LT 25 18 34
14 Lexus NX 200t 24 17 33
15 Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L) 24 17 32
16 Toyota RAV4 XLE
24 17 32
17 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4.-cyl.)
24 17 30
18 Nissan Rogue SV 24 17 30
19 Jeep Renegade Latitude 24 16 32
20 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
21 Honda CR-V EX 23 16 32
22 Fiat 500X Easy
23 16 31
23 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 29
24 Ford Escape SE (1.6)
22 15 31
25 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)
22 15 31
26 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 22 15 31
27 Ford Escape Titanium (2.0) 22 15 29
28 Jeep Compass Latitude
22 15 29
29 Acura RDX 22 14 31
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher
1 Lexus RX 450h 29
24 33
2
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.
25 18 32
3 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)
24 17 32
4 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
5 Lexus RX 350 22 14 31
6 Nissan Murano SL
21 15 29
7 Acura MDX Tech 21 14 31
8 Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost)
21 14 31
9 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
10 Kia Sorento EX (V6)
20 13
28
11 BMW X5 xDrive 35i 21 14 28
12 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 20 14 29
13 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec
20 14 28
14 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum 20 14 28
15 Toyota Highlander XLE 20 14 27
16 Honda Pilot EX-L 20 13 28
17 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 20 13 28
18 Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 14 26
19 Infiniti QX60 (3.5L) 19 13 26
20
Mercedes-Benz ML350 18 13 25
21 Nissan Pathfinder SL 18 13 25
22 Infiniti QX70 18 13 24
23 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 18 13 23
24 Cadillac SRX Luxury 18 12 26
25 Ford Explorer XLT
18 12 26
26
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6)
18 12 25
27 Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
18 12 25
28 Ford Flex SEL
18 12 25
29 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)
18 12 24
30 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 Kia Sedona EX 20 13 28
5 Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 13 24
6 Nissan Quest SL 19 13 24
PICKUPS Overall mpg = 16 or higher
1 Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel) 20 14 27
2 Toyota Tacoma SR5 (V6) 19 14 25
2 Chevrolet Colorado LT (V6)
18 13 26
3 Ford F-150 XLT (2.7 EcoBoost)
17 12 22
4 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 11 23
5 Ford F-150 XLT (3.5 EcoBoost) 16 11 22

 

Worst

Rank Make & Model Overall mpg City mpg Highway mpg
SMALL CARS Overall mpg = 24 or less
1 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 25
17
34
ROADSTERS/SPORTY CARS Overall mpg = 17 or less
1 Ford Mustang GT Premium (V8) 19 13
27
UPSCALE/LUXURY SEDANS Overall mpg = 18 or less
1 Chevrolet SS 17 12 23
2 Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)
18 12 28
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 14 or less
1 Nissan Armada Platinum 13 9 18
2 Toyota Land Cruiser 14 10 20
3 Ford Expedition EL 14 10 19
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 the most fuel-efficient SUVs, 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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