Best in class: Fuel-efficient vehicles

These vehicles provide good gas mileage for their class and are among Consumer Reports' top recommended models in their categories

Consumer Reports has the most comprehensive, consumer-oriented autos-test program in the U.S. We anonymously buy our test cars from dealerships and conduct more than 50 evaluations on each vehicle, focusing on performance, safety, comfort, convenience, interior quality, fuel economy, cargo capacity, and more.

Below, we've listed several vehicles that provide good fuel economy for their class and are among the top recommended vehicles in their categories. Not only did each of these vehicles earn a high overall score in their class, but they also meet our stringent requirements to be recommended.
Honda Fit
BUDGET CARS
Honda Fit
This small four-door hatchback offers easy access and good visibility, and has an amazing amount of interior room. While it's not overly powerful, the Fit feels responsive, with a smooth and willing engine and agile handling. Fuel economy is an excellent 33 mpg overall for the manual and 30 mpg for the automatic. The Fit comes well equipped with antilock brakes and curtain air bags. ESC is only available with the optional navigation system. More small cars
Toyota Prius
SMALL CARS
Toyota Prius
Toyota's hybrid couples a small gasoline engine with an electric motor, and returned an excellent 44 mpg overall in our tests (42 with touring model)--the best fuel economy we've measured in a five-passenger vehicle. Acceleration is comparable to most conventional small sedans. Access is easy and the interior is well put together. The unusual controls and displays take some getting used to. More small cars
Toyota Camry Hybrid
FAMILY SEDANS
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The redesigned Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts the best overall fuel economy of any four-door sedan we've tested, returning 34 mpg overall, as well as 28 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The interior is quiet and comfortable. Handling is relatively responsive, but the suspension is tuned for comfort rather than performance. Unlike the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Camry delivers better fuel economy rather than performance. Both the four- and six-cylinder conventional gasoline-powered versions of the Camry also deliver very good mileage. More sedans
Toyota RAV4
SMALL SUVs
Toyota RAV4
With a more powerful four-cylinder engine and other upgrades for 2009, the RAV4 is our top small SUV for the third straight year. It provides agile handling, a roomy and quiet interior, a comfortable ride, and an optional third-row seat. The four-cylinder version gets the best fuel economy of any automatic, nonhybrid SUV we've tested. And the spirited V6 version accelerates as quickly as a Mazda Miata, while getting only 1 mpg less than the four-cylinder. ESC and curtain air bags are standard. More SUVs
Toyota Highlander Hybrid

MIDSIZED SUVs
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, and flexible, roomy second-row seat as the regular Highlander. The main difference is that it got 24 mpg overall in our fuel economy testing, which is impressive for a vehicle this large. The standard Highlander managed 18 mpg. While the handling is secure, it's not very agile. The tight third-row seat doesn't fold in sections as others do, limiting its versatility. The fuel savings might not justify the extra cost of the Hybrid for some. More SUVs
Toyota Sienna
MINIVANS
Toyota Sienna
The Sienna has a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine that gives it the edge in our testing over the Honda Odyssey. Both minivans have spacious and refined interiors on par with some luxury sedans. The Sienna is quiet inside and is offered with all-wheel drive. Crash-test results are impressive. More minivans