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Fuel economy vs. performance

Vehicles that combine the best acceleration and mileage in our tests

Last updated: April 2014

You don't always have to give up engine performance in return for good fuel economy. To prove this, Consumer Reports compiled this list of vehicles that provided the best combination of fuel economy and acceleration in our tests. Vehicles are ranked within each category based on the overall miles per gallon and 0-to-60-mph acceleration times they achieved in our tests. Both were weighted equally. For more on saving gas, see our guide to fuel economy.

Best fuel economy and acceleration by category based on CR tests

Make & model

Fuel economy
(overall mpg)

Acceleration
0-60 mph (sec.)

FUEL-EFFICIENT HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 38 or higher; 0-60 mph = 12.0 or less
Ford Focus Electric 107 ¹ 10.2
Nissan Leaf SL
106 ¹
10.3
Chevrolet Volt
61 ²
9.4
Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 47 ² 10.6
Toyota Prius Four
44 10.6
Toyota Prius C Two 43 11.3
Lexus CT 200h Premium
40 11.0
Honda Insight EX
38 11.8
Volkswagen Golf TDI (MT)
38 9.4
¹=MPGe, ²=composite of electricity & gas    
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher; 0-60 mph = 12.0 or less    
Scion xD (MT) 34 9.0
Scion iQ 34 10.6
Honda Fit Sport (MT) 33 9.2
Mazda2 Sport (MT) 33 10.3
Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 10.9
Hyundai Accent SE (MT) 32 8.5
Nissan Versa SV sedan 32 10.6
Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT) 32 10.7
Toyota Yaris LE 32 10.8
Hyundai Accent GLS 31 10.3
Nissan Versa Note SV 31 10.9
COMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 29 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Honda Civic Hybrid
40 10.9
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 8.1
Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 9.5
Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 8.3
Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel
33 9.7
Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback 32 8.2
Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 9.9
Ford Focus SE SFE 31 8.5
Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T) 30 8.5
Dodge Dart Rallye 29 8.6
Hyundai Elantra GLS 29 9.5
Honda Civic EX 29 9.7
Nissan Sentra SV 29 9.7
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 25 or higher; 0-60 mph = 7.5 or less (Manual unless otherwise noted)
Mini Cooper S hatchback
30 7.2
Scion FR-S 30 7.2
Subaru BR-Z Premium 30 7.2
Mini Cooper S Convertible 30 7.5
Honda Civic Si 29 7.1
Ford Fiesta ST
29 7.3
BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 6.1
Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 28 7.0
Volkswagen GLI Autobahn 27 7.2
Volkswagen GTI 27 7.2
Mercedes-Benz SLK250 26 7.1
Ford Focus ST 25 6.6
Audi TT Premium Plus 25 6.7
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 8.3
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
38 7.6
Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 37 9.8
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
33 9.1
Mazda6 Sport 32 7.5
Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.) 31 8.2
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 7.7
Chevrolet Malibu Eco 29 8.6
Hyundai Sonata GLS 27 8.2
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.)
27 8.4
Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 26 6.3
Toyota Camry XLE (V6)
26 6.4
Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 26 8.1
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 26 9.1
Hyundai Sonata Limted (turbo) 25 6.6
Kia Optima LX 25 8.6
Volkswagen Passat SE (5-cyl.) 25 9.7
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL (V6)
24 6.3
Kia Optima SX (turbo) 24 6.6
Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ 24 7.0
Ford Fusion SE (1.5T) 24 9.2
UPSCALE/LUXURY CARS Overall mpg = 23 or higher; 0-60 mph = 8.5 or less
Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 84¹ 5.6
Lexus ES 300h 36 8.2
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 8.2
Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
30 8.3
BMW 328i 28 6.3
Audi A7 3.0 TDI 28 6.6
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 6.6
Volkswagen CC Sport
26 7.5
Infiniti M35h 25 5.6
Lexus ES 350 25 6.7
Audi A4 Premium 25 7.2
Acura TSX 25 8.3
Acura TL 24 6.8
Toyota Avalon Limited 24 7.0
Mercedes-Benz C250 24 7.6
Buick Verano Leather
24 8.5
BMW 535i 23 6.1
Acura RLX Tech 23 6.5
Cadillac ATS Luxury
23 6.5
Volvo S60 T5 23 6.7
Lincoln MKZ 2.0 Eco Boost 23 7.4
Buick Regal CXL (turbo) 23 8.3
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 21 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Mini Cooper Countryman S 26 8.3
Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 26 8.7
Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 26 9.7
Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 25 8.0
Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.0L)
25 10.0
Nissan Juke SV 24 7.9
Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 9.0
Nissan Rogue SV 24 9.5
BMW X3 xDrive 28i 23 7.3
BMW X1 xDrive28i 23 6.8
Mitsubishi Outlander SE
23 10.8
Buick Encore Leather 23 11.0
Honda CR-V EX 23 9.2
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 23 9.6
Acura RDX 22 6.6
Ford Escape Titanium 22 8.2
Nissan Rogue Select 22 8.9
Hyundai Tucson GLS 22 9.7
Ford Escape SE 22 9.9
Jeep Compass Latitude 22 10.3
Kia Sportage LX 22 10.3
Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)
22 10.9
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 21 6.1
Kia Sportage SX (turbo)
21 7.1
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure 21 7.2
Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)
21 7.7
Audi Q5 Premium Plus 21 7.9
Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 21 8.5
Jeep Patriot Latitude 21 10.3
MIDSIZED SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher; 0-60 mph = 9.5 or less
Lexus RX 450h 26 7.7
Volkswagen Touareg TDI 24 8.4
Lexus RX 350 21 7.3
BMW X5 xDrive 35i 21 7.4
Ford Edge SEL (4-cyl. FWD) 21 8.9
Acura MDX Tech 20 7.2
Toyota Highlander XLE 20 7.5
Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 20 7.6
Kia Sorento EX (V6) 20 7.6
Nissan Murano SL 19 7.6
Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 7.8
Infiniti JX 19 8.3
Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
18 6.5
Mercedes-Benz ML350 18 6.8
Infiniti FX35 18 6.8
Cadillac SRX Luxury 18 7.1
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6) 18 7.1
Lincoln MKX 18 7.6
Nissan Pathfinder SL 18 7.7
Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6) 18 7.7
Ford Explorer XLT 18 7.9
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6) 18 8.0
Toyota Highlander Limited 18 8.0
Ford Edge SEL 18 8.1
Honda Pilot EX-L 18 9.1
LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 15 or higher; 0-60 mph = 10.0 or less
Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 20 8.2
Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
18 9.4
Ford Flex SEL 18 8.5
Dodge Durango Crew (V6) 17 9.4
Chevrolet Traverse LT 16 8.8
Infiniti QX56 15 6.9
Toyota Sequoia Limited 15 7.1
Buick Enclave CXL 15 7.9
MINIVANS Overall mpg = 19 or higher; 0-60 mph = 9.0 or less
Honda Odyssey EX-L 21 8.4
Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 8.8
Nissan Quest SL 19 8.4
Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 8.5
PICKUP TRUCKS Overall mpg = 15 or higher; 0-60 mph = 10.0 or less
Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) 17 7.6
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 7.5
Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7, turbodiesel) 16 8.7
Toyota Tundra SR5 (5.7, V8) 15 6.7
Ford F-150 EcoBoost XLT (V6) 15 7.7
Ford F-150 XLT (V8) 15 7.8
Nissan Frontier LE 15 7.9
Honda Ridgeline RTS 15 8.6
WAGONS/HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 23 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Toyota Prius V Three 41 10.7
Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 8.4
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT)
36 9.7
Mini Cooper Clubman
29 10.5
Nissan Cube 1.8 S
28 10.0
Ford Focus SEL hatchback
28 9.3
Fiat 500L Easy
27 9.5
Hyundai Elantra GT 27 9.8
Kia Soul Plus 26 8.8
Subaru Impreza Sport Premium 26 9.4
Volkswagen Golf 2.5 24 8.6
Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
24 10.7
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE 23 9.3
Scion xB 23 9.4
Mazda5 Grand Touring 23 9.6

 

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