Best Deals on Fuel-Efficient Cars and SUVs

Save gas and money on these models that are recommended by CR.

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid driving Photo: Honda

With elevated gas prices, most shoppers are understandably making fuel economy a top priority in selecting their next new car. But it’s important to keep other core virtues of performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety in mind. These are all part of the Overall Score that Consumer Reports gives to tested new cars, and those that shine earn our recommendation. 

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To help members, we reviewed the latest transaction data reflecting what people actually paid for cars in the past month. We then filtered the list to include only CR-recommended models that earn the best fuel economy for their class. In short, these are good models with good fuel economy. 

We then sorted the data to rank them by how close their average transaction price is to the MSRP on the window sticker, starting with the best deal. Given the limited car inventory and heightened interest in efficient models, all of these have sold for between 2 and 6 percent over MSRP. That’s as good as it gets right now. 

The featured models are mostly hybrids, but there’s a great electric car in the mix. (Detailed pricing information and complete ratings are available for all current vehicles on their respective model pages, linked below. Local supply and demand will influence how much a dealer is willing to bend on price.)

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