Gas-Saving Vehicles With the Best Combination of Fuel Economy and Acceleration

Gas-Saving Vehicles With the Best Combination of Fuel Economy and Acceleration

Vehicles that combine the best acceleration and mileage in our tests

Last updated: November 23, 2016 12:30 PM

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 0-60-mph acceleration times they achieved in our tests. Both were weighted equally.

For more on saving gas, see our guide to fuel economy.

* = MPGe, mile-per-gallon equivalent.

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
BMW i3 Giga 139* 7.5
Ford Focus Electric 107* 10.2
Nissan Leaf SL
106*
10.3
Chevrolet Volt LT
105* 8.0
Ford C-Max Energi
94* / 37** 8.1
Toyota Prius Three
52 10.3
Toyota Prius C Two 43 11.3
Lexus CT 200h Premium
40 11.0
*=MPGe, **=MPG on gas only    
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher; 0-60 mph = 12.0 or less    
Smart ForTwo Passion
36 11.2
Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 9.0
Scion iA 35 10.3
Toyota Yaris iA
35 10.3
Honda Fit EX 33 10.0
Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 10.9
Chevrolet Spark LT 33 12.0
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 = 10.5 or less
Hyundai Elantra SE
33 9.9
Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 8.3
Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback 32 8.2
Honda Civic LX 32 8.7
Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.4T)
32 9.1
Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 9.9
Honda Civic EX-T 31 7.1
Mini Cooper (3-cyl.) 31 8.3
Scion iM 31 10.0
Toyota Corolla iM
31 10.0
Nissan Sentra SV 31 10.4
Chevrolet Cruze LT
30 8.5
Ford Focus SE (2.0) 29 9.8
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 25 or higher; 0-60 mph = 7.5 or less (Manual unless otherwise noted)
Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 34 6.7
Mini Cooper S 30 7.0
Toyota 86 30 7.2
Subaru BR-Z Premium 30 7.2
Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 29 6.6
Ford Fiesta ST
29 7.3
BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 6.1
Volkswagen GLI Autobahn 27 7.2
Subaru Impreza WRX Premium 26 6.0
Audi TT 2.0T (auto) 26 6.3
Ford Mustang Premium (2.3L EcoBoost, auto)
25 6.4
Ford Focus ST 25 6.6
BMW M235i 25 5.2
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 39 8.2
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 8.3
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
38 7.6
Mazda6 Sport 32 7.5
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 7.7
Chrysler 200 Limited (4-cyl.)
30 9.8
Chevrolet Malibu LT (1.5T) 29 8.4
Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 29 8.4
Kia Optima 28 8.0
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 28 8.6
Volkswagen Passat SE (1.8T)
28 8.6
Hyundai Sonata SE (4-cyl.) 28 9.2
Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 26 6.3
Toyota Camry XLE (V6)
26 6.4
Chrysler 200 C (V6) 25 6.9
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL (V6)
24 6.3
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 P85D
87* 3.5
Lexus ES 300h 36 8.2
BMW 328d xDrive
35 8.5
BMW 328i 28 6.3
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 6.6
Acura ILX Premium 28 7.5
Audi A4 Premium Plus
27 6.3
Acura TLX 2.4L 27 7.4
Audi A3 Premium 27 8.3
Mercedes-Benz C300 (AWD) 26 6.8
Volkswagen CC Sport
26 7.5
Infiniti Q70 (V6) 25 5.6
Acura TLX SH-AWD 25 6.5
Nissan Maxima Platinum 25 6.5
Lexus ES 350 25 6.7
Toyota Avalon Limited 24 6.6
Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E
25 7.9
Toyota Avalon Limited 24 7.0
Buick Regal Premium I (turbo)
24 7.4
Buick Verano Leather
24 8.5
BMW 535i 23 6.1
Acura RLX Tech 23 6.5
Cadillac ATS Luxury
23 6.5
Lincoln MKZ 2.0 Eco Boost 23 7.4
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 21 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 31 8.7
Honda HR-V LX 29 10.5
Mazda CX-3 Touring 28 9.6
Mercedes-Benz GLA250
26 6.9
BMW X1 xDrive28i 26 7.9
Mini Cooper Countryman S 26 8.3
Hyundai Tucson Sport (1.6T) 26 8.4
Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 26 8.7
Subaru Crosstrek Premium 26 9.7
Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 25 8.0
Chevrolet Trax LT 25 10.8
Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 9.4
Nissan Rogue SV 24 9.5
Jeep Renegade Latitude 24 9.9
Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4-cyl.)
24 10.0
Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L) 24 11.0
Honda CR-V EX 24 9.0
BMW X3 xDrive 28i 23 7.3
Kia Sportage LX 23 9.6
Fiat 500X Easy 23 9.8
Ford Escape SE (1.5T) 23 10.1
Buick Encore Leather 23 11.0
Acura RDX 22 6.6
Mercedes-Benz GLC300
22 6.8
Jeep Compass Latitude 22 10.3
Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)
22 10.9
Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)
21 7.7
Audi Q5 Premium Plus 21 7.9
Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 21 8.5
Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE
21 8.6
Jeep Patriot Latitude 21 10.3
MIDSIZED SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher; 0-60 mph = 9.5 or less
Tesla Model X 90D 92* 4.9
Lexus RX 450h 29 7.5
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.   25 8.3
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)
24 8.6
Lexus RX 350
22 7.5
Mazda CX-9 Touring
22 7.9
Acura MDX Tech 21 6.8
BMW X5 xDrive 35i 21 7.4
Kia Sorento EX (V6) 21 7.4
Nissan Murano SL
21 7.7
Ford Edge SEL   21 8.8
Jaguar F-Pace Prestige 20 6.0
Audi Q7 Premium Plus
20 6.7
Cadillac XT5 Premium
20 7.1
Honda Pilot EX-L
20 7.5
Toyota Highlander XLE 20 7.5
Hyundai Santa Fe SE (V6) 20 7.6
Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum 20 7.7
GMC Acadia Denali 19 6.8
Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 7.8
Infiniti QX60 (3.5L) 19 8.3
Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
18 6.5
Mercedes-Benz GLE350 18 6.8
Infiniti QX70 18 6.8
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6) 18 7.1
Lincoln MKX 2.7L
18 7.2
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
LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 15 or higher; 0-60 mph = 10.0 or less
Mercedes-Benz GLS350d 20 8.2
Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
18 9.4
Ford Flex SEL 18 8.5
Cadillac Escalade Premium
16 6.1
Chevrolet Tahoe LT 16 7.7
Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 16 7.9
Chevrolet Traverse LT 16 8.8
Infiniti QX80 15 6.9
Lincoln Navigator Base
15 7.0
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
Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L 21 8.0
Honda Odyssey EX-L 21 8.4
Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 8.8
Kia Sedona EX 20 8.0
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
Honda Ridgeline RTL 20 7.3
Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel)
20 9.5
Toyota Tacoma SR5 (V6)
19 8.2
Chevrolet Colorado LT (V6) 18 7.5
Ford F-150 XLT (2.7 EcoBoost)
17 7.0
Ford F-150 XLT (3.5L EcoBoost)
16 7.2
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 7.5
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
Mini Clubman Base (3-cyl.)
28 10.5
Fiat 500L Easy
27 9.5
Kia Soul Plus 26 8.8
Subaru Outback 2.5i
24 10.5

 

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