|

Guide to fuel economy

Last updated: June 2014

Saving fuel

New cars are getting better fuel economy than ever. And with government fuel economy standards rising to 54.5 mpg by 2025, that trend looks sure to continue well into the future.

Technologies such as smaller, turbocharged engines with electric accessories, idle-stop, and multi-speed or continuously variable transmissions are proliferating, along with hybrid drive systems and lightweight materials. All together, these technologies are bringing small-car fuel economy to midsized family sedans and even some SUVs.

This section reveals the best and worst models for fuel economy based on our tests, and it shines a spotlight on which gas-saving vehicles and technologies make the biggest difference with the fewest tradeoffs in space, utility, comfort, and performance. Learn how to save fuel now.  

Also see our guide to alternative fuels.

   

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

HDTV ANTENNA REVIEWS
Will cutting the cable-TV cord really save you money? Our TV guy has run the numbers—savings aren't guaranteed.
SUV REVIEWS
2015 Ford Expedition EL vs. 2014 Chevrolet Suburban The full-sized $63,000 Ford plays David to the lush $70,000 Chevy Goliath.
SNOW BLOWER REVIEWS
Get prepared for the colder days of winterVideo Some work now will help you better weather all the season throws your way.
CAR RECALL INFORMATION
Takata air bags: Has your car been recalled?Video More than 4.7 million vehicles from several automakers have been recalled.
PERSONAL FINANCE NEWS
Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Softcard, LoopPay reviewVideo Which one of these virtual wallets stands out from the pack?
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS & GUIDE
Expert picks: Best holiday gift ideas for teensVideo Get a jump on holiday shopping with these presents for teens.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more